Helping Families Navigate The Child Custody And Visitation Process

In Virginia, both parents have rights to the child, even if they are not married. The initial determination for child custody and visitation is a complex process. An agreement can be made by negotiations with both parties' attorneys, through a court order or through mediation.

Our family law attorneys at The Law Office of Robin N. Krueger, PLC , have experience helping parents obtain an initial custody or visitation agreement through all of these methods. We are committed to finding the best resolution for you and your family. We provide personal attention and take a compassionate approach to help you through this difficult and often stressful process.

How Is Custody Determined In Virginia?

We understand Virginia family law and can help you navigate through the child custody and visitation process. Several factors are considered when child custody or visitation is considered. Our lawyers will explain these factors, learn more about your personal situation and help you understand the various custody and visitation options.

It is important to be aware of the factors the family court system considers when determining child custody and visitation, which are:

  • The age and mental condition of the child
  • The age and mental condition of the parent
  • The relationship between each parent and the child
  • The needs of the child
  • The best interests of the child
  • The willingness of each parent to actively support the child's contact with the other parent
  • The willingness of each parent to keep a close relationship with the child
  • The willingness of each parent to cooperate and resolve disputes
  • Any history of family abuse

The judge will look at the role each parent played in the past upbringing of the child as well as the role each parent will play in the future. Substance abuse, criminal convictions or complaints and other factors that can impact your ability to care for your child can impact the outcome of your custody case. We are also skilled criminal defense attorneys and can address how criminal matters may impact your case.

Child visitation orders will depend on the child custody arrangement, but in most cases, you will receive child visitation rights if you do not get physical or legal custody. Every case is unique and requires experienced child custody lawyers to make sure your rights and best interests are protected.

Need Help With Your Custody Case? Contact Our Law Firm.

We continue to serve the Fredericksburg area and are passionate about helping families find the best resolution for everyone involved. Whether you need help negotiating an agreement or need a trial advocate, we can help. Call our law firm at 540-693-0201 or contact us online to discuss your specific custody or visitation matter.