150 S. Washington Street, Suite 202
Falls Church, VA 22046
Phone   (703) 534-5588
Fax   (703) 534-5585

Custody

We handle a wide range of visitation and child custody matters, including:

  • Child custody, visitation
  • Joint, shared, legal, and physical custody
  • Grandparent custody, grandparent visitation and grandparent rights
  • Interstate jurisdictional issues involving the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (PKPA), Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, International Jurisdictional Issues, and International Child Abduction Remedies Act (ICARA)
  • Custody and visitation settlement agreements
  • Paternity, paternity testing, and acknowledgement of paternity
  • Temporary custody and supervised visitation
  • Modifying child custody with teenagers
  • Winning child custody under age 5
  • Court-ordered enforcement of existing orders and contempt of court proceedings

When making legal child custody evaluations, courts consider many factors including:

  • The mental and physical health of the parents
  • The mental and physical health of the child
  • The relationships between the child and the parents
  • The relationships between the child and any siblings
  • The role each parent will play in the child’s upbringing
  • Each parent's ability to allow the child to have contact with the other parent
  • Each parent's demonstrated ability to maintain a close relationship with the child
  • Any history of abuse
  • Other issues the court deems appropriate

Relocation of Children in Virginia

In Virginia, there are no statutes that specifically address the issues of child relocation rights. Courts base their decisions on the guidelines for making modifications to child custody and visitation arrangments, concentrating on what is in the children’s best interest.

Virginia custody and divorce lawyers increasingly must handle difficult matters of child relocation. After a divorce, parents who have primary custody of their children frequently wish to move for a new job opportunity or to be with extended family, and want to bring their children with them. However, the parent without primary custody, often objects, insisting that relocation will make it difficult to maintain a relationship with their children.

Many factors are considered in relocation issues, making it vital for people dealing with child relocation to retain an experienced attorney who can convince the court of the validity of their wishes.