Your children are the most important people in your life and you would do anything to protect them. That is why when two parents are unable to agree on how to co-parent their children, emotions can run high. The Virginia child custody lawyers at Garrett Law Group, PLC have extensive experience in all types of matters, and always work to protect the best interest of the children first.
Lawyers assisting with child custody and visitation for Virginia Residents
In Virginia, the Court will consider both “legal” custody and “physical” custody. Legal custody deals with decision making responsibilities in important areas such as education, healthcare, and religious upbringing. Physical custody deals with actual care of the children. It is common for parents to share legal custody and for one parent to have primary physical custody while the other parent enjoys visitation rights with their child. However, child custody cases can be affected by a number of factors and the Court’s main goal is to always protect the best interest of the child. Some things the Court may consider when making custody decisions include:
- The quality of the relationship between each parent and the child
- Whether the child or children have siblings from a parent’s prior relationship
- Conflict between the parents and each parent’s responsibility for the conflict
- Each parent’s ability to provide for the emotional, physical, and monetary needs of the children
- Each parent’s willingness to promote a positive relationship between the child and the other parent
- The history of domestic violence between the parents
Having a lawyer who understands child custody law can make the difference in how the Court rules on these factors.
Garrett Law Group, PLC’s child custody lawyers will aggressively defend both you and your child. Once retained we will take immediate steps to file a custody motion with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. A hearing date for the motion will be set. If a custody agreement cannot be reached at the initial hearing then a trial date will be placed on the Court’s calendar. We will use the discovery process to gather all necessary information so that you present the best case possible at trial; gathering this information allows you to make the most compelling argument as to what is in your child’s best interest. We will also address any relocation needs, child support, and visitation schedules during the trial. We service Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, as well as the surrounding counties of Northampton, Isle of Wight, York, and James City.
Virginia Beach & Norfolk attorneys helping parents modify existing child custody orders
Over time, a family’s circumstances may change. The Commonwealth of Virginia understands that as children grow up, parents may relocate, change employment, or a child’s educational needs may require a new school district. This is why you may petition for a modification of the original custody order if a significant change in circumstances has occurred. Our attorneys have been able to successfully win a modification to custody when the current custody order is no longer appropriate. We know that this is a stressful time and are available to answer questions regarding your child custody case 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. We are able to help if you are going through a custody battle or require a change to your current custody order. Call our lawyers anytime at (757) 422-4646.