This post concludes and recaps my series on the rights of fathers in Virginia. I felt it was necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that, unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions as to how states view the rights of a dad versus those of a mom. While the law has progressed on this issue, many are under mistaken beliefs as to how a Court will view their situation. The goal of my recent articles has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their rights and obligations. It has also been my goal to provide information which will help people make an informed decision when they are selecting a child custody lawyer. If you or a loved one need assistance then contact my office today to speak with an attorney.
I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- How Virginia views the rights of a father versus those of a mother
- Why unmarried fathers need a custody order
- Why Family Courts pay attention to the status quo in child custody cases
- Cases where paternity is under dispute
These are important issues for one to understand. First, like most other states, Virginia presumes that custody should be shared between the parents and no preference will be given on the basis of gender. In other words, the Court will award joint custody unless such an arrangement would be against the best interests of the child. When deciding what is in the child’s best interests, the Court will not consider the gender of either parent. Second, it is best to have a custody order even if you are getting along with your ex. This provides each parent with a legal structure in the event that their relationship ever sours. Third, one of the factors that the Court will consider is the historical relationship between the child and each parent. This means that if you have been following a certain arrangement for a period of time then a Judge may be likely to stick with the status quo. Finally, if paternity has not been established then a father will have no rights or obligations when it comes to his child.
An issue I have stressed through each of these articles is the need to call an attorney as soon as possible if you are concerned for your son or daughter. The longer a dad allows the current situation to go on then the more likely the Court is to think that such circumstances are acceptable. As a fathers’ rights lawyer I regularly handle child custody cases in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation.
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