Chesapeake Child Custody Attorney The Right Attorney Makes All The Difference

Chesapeake Child Custody Attorney

Child custody is among the most stressful parts of any divorce. Understandably, people can go into a panic about how much time they will gain or lose with their children. Compromise becomes difficult, and custody concerns can cause parents to go to war in court.

Our firm is here to help with child custody decisions, no matter if you are the primary or secondary parent. We understand how delicate and frightening this matter is, and we will work with tenacity and compassion to help negotiate a fair deal for everyone involved.

For child custody concerns in Chesapeake, trust The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller. You can call us now at (757) 267-4949.

How Is Child Custody Determined in Virginia?

Courts always operate in the child’s best interests. It considers several factors when making a custody decision. Any part of your life, no matter how small, can affect a court’s custody rulings.

Child custody considerations include:

  • Parents’ finances
  • The children’s wishes
  • Parents’ job schedules
  • The age of the children
  • The condition of a parent’s housing
  • The bond between the children and the parents
  • A parent’s distance from the child’s school, extracurricular activities, other family members, etc.
  • The fitness of the parent. This could include a parent’s health, their quality of parenting, mental health, and so on.
  • And more

Joint Custody in Virginia

The term “custody” refers to keeping the children for an extended period. During this time, the parent is in charge. They care for the child’s nourishment, health, hygiene, and so forth. Custody can be for long or short stretches. If you, for instance, have the children for only one weekend a month, you still technically have joint,physical custody.

Parents may also share legal custody. This form of custody is not about keeping the children overnight. It is about decision-making authority. You can have power over a child’s education and/or healthcare. Legal custody can be shared, or it may go to only one parent.

Child Visitation in Virginia

Exactly as it sounds, visitation is time you are scheduled to spend with the children. You may be able to be alone with them, but you will be expected to return them at a designated time and place.

Visitation can extend beyond the physical. You can also schedule electronic visitations such as phone calls, video chats, etc. Electronic visits are just as valid as physical ones. The other parent cannot block them, and if they do, they can face legal consequences.

Abuse Allegations and Child Custody

Accusations of abuse can affect child custody decisions. The courts may assume that children aren’t safe around the alleged abuser, even when the accusations do not directly involve the children.

Domestic abuse accusations are serious, and they must be addressed. If you are the victim of domestic violence, our firm can help gather the necessary evidence to help prove your claim. Your safety and the safety of your children are our top priorities, and we will work hard to make sure the court reaches an appropriate custody decision.

Alternatively, you may be the victim of false abuse allegations. Divorce is a hard time, and it can bring out the worst in people. Spouses sometimes use the children as a weapon to hurt one another, and our firm is here to help protect your reputation. We can investigate any claims of abuse against our clients and offer counterevidence to help debunk these accusations.

Bypassing the Courtroom in a Child Custody Decision

It is not always necessary to take your divorce concerns to the courtroom, even when they involve custody. You and your spouse are always free to make these decisions on your own.

Our firm can help facilitate mediation between parents. In this process our attorneys can work for both parents, avoiding the need for a “win” or a “loss.” The goal is to work through all the details and create a custody agreement that benefits everyone. Remember, the child’s best interests are the most important aspect of any custody agreement. Mediation can help create compromise and provide peace of mind. It allows both parents to actively participate in creating a parenting plan.

Our lawyers are here to help with all your child custody needs in Chesapeake. For a free consultation, you can reach our team onlineor call us at (757) 267-4949.

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    “Lindsey was great ! Kept me updated and informed, Attorney Blair got me through a tough time and even though I ended up settling that was my choice to end it not Attorney Blair’s.. i appreciate everyone in the office for their help and hard work on my case as I know it takes many to get the job done… so happy to put this in the past and move on and live my life without this stress thanks again to all the staff and Attorney Blair”

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    “Daniel Miller has done an excellent job with my case. I am so pleased with the outcome of my court hearing. His whole office is top notch providing professional guidance in my time of need. I made a bad decision that got me in trouble with the law. My decision to hire Mr Miller was the start of making good decisions. I was so impressed with my initial consultation on the phone with Mr Miller and even more impressed by his court hearing command. I highly recommend his service.”

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Case Results

A Track Record of Success
  • Protective Order Domestic Violence

    Our client's estranged wife had filed a protective order to prohibit him from having contact with her to gain exclusive use and possession of the home. We were successful in showing that she had motive to fabricate and that had consulted with an attorney regarding getting our client out of her house days before filing the request for a protective order.

  • Pre Litigation Defense – Rape Sex Crimes

    Our client was the respondent of a protective order wherein the petitioner alleged that she was raped. She sought a two-year protective order and was seeking to have detectives assist in securing warrants against him. We suspect that the admissions made on cross-examination by the alleged victim at the hearing will prevent the Commonwealth from bringing any charges.

  • Protective Order Family Law

    Our client's estranged wife had filed a protective order to prohibit him from having contact with her to gain exclusive use and possession of the home. We were successful in showing that she had motive to fabricate and that had consulted with an attorney regarding getting our client out of her house days before filing the request for a protective order.

  • Driving Under the Influence 4th Offense– Bond Hearing DUI

    Our client was charged with fourth offense driving under the influence. Based upon his age and pre-existing health conditions, we were able to show that jail was an unsafe place. Our client was released on house arrest conditioned upon his wearing SCRAM bracelet which tracks his location and ensures that he does not consume alcohol.

  • Violation of Protective Order – Appeal Domestic Violence

    Our client was under a protective order to have no hostile contact with his family. The Commonwealth alleged that based upon several text exchanges that he had threatened his teenage children. Without the assistance of counsel, he received 90 days of active incarceration in lower Court. On appeal we were able to reduce his confinement to 24 hours – time served.

  • Breaking and Entering with Intent to Commit Misdemeanor Felony Defense

    Our client was charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor, but the Commonwealth agreed to dismiss the charge at the preliminary hearing stage against our client who suffered severe and debilitating mental illness.

  • Third Offense Petty Larceny Felony Defense

    Our client was charged with felony third offense petty larceny, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in the Virginia State Penitentiary. We were successful in negotiating a reduction to a misdemeanor petty larceny charge with no active jail time.

  • Possession of Marijuana- Appeal Drug Crimes

    Our client plead not guilty to a second offense possession of marijuana charge. We successfully argued that the Commonwealth had failed to prove constructive possession. The case was dismissed.

  • Driving Under the Influence DUI

    Our client was charged with driving under the influence after officers answered a call for service in a church parking lot. Eyewitnesses were able to testify as to the time of operation and identify the driver. Officers testified that they smelled alcohol coming from our client, that he was unsteady on his feet, and that he had not done well on his field sobriety tests. Video evidence secured from the church and bodycam footage did not support the testimony. The DUI charge was reduced to reckless driving.

  • Domestic Violence Domestic Violence

    Our client was alleged to have assaulted the girlfriend of her child’s father during an exchange of the child at a police precinct. Phone video evidence and inconsistencies in the Prosecutor’s witness testimony led to a dismissal of the charge.

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