Often the most emotional issue in a divorce is child custody. Even when parents no longer wish to see one another on a regular basis, each will likely want to continue to be involved in their child’s life.
The law divides custody into legal custody (each parent’s right to make important decisions for the child) and physical custody (where the child will reside). In Virginia, the strong trend is toward ensuring that children have substantial time with both their parents.
The other key decision to be made in divorce is visitation. This includes scheduling times and rules for the child’s stays with the noncustodial parent.
At Laurel Brigade Law Group, we desire to resolve custody issues as amicably as possible, with consideration for how stressful the situation can be for both the parents and child. We are mindful that the law requires the best interests of the child to always come first. We work to achieve the right balance through negotiation and mediation before resorting to litigation.
High-conflict child custody issues may require litigation when the parties are unable to co-parent effectively or home environments with:
- Alcoholism or drug addictions
- Domestic violence of any kind
- Sexual or physical abuse
- Mental illness
- Other indications of unfitness
We work with clients to make parenting plans that work and modify child custody and visitation orders, including plans for relocation to another area. We also represent clients opposing these changes.
Custody and visitation are complex legal subjects, made more intricate by the thousands of court rulings in and out of Virginia that may have a bearing on your case.