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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 online or call us at (757) 267-4949.
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