We Can Help Figure Out What Custody Structure Is Best
When children are involved in a divorce, proceedings can become even more complex. Emotions can run high and further complicate these matters. A skilled attorney will work with you to push these emotions to the side and focus on your end goal. The team at Morrison, Ross and Whelan has decades of experience providing family law help and will use this experience to fight for you.
Child custody is often a hotly contested aspect of divorce. Our attorneys understand Virginia’s laws related to these issues associated with this. The goal with each case is not only to protect your rights as a parent but make sure all decisions made serve the best interest of your child.
There are generally three types of custody allowed in the state. Each type of custody will impact who has physical custody of the child and who is allowed to make day-to-day decisions, including extracurricular involvement as well as medical concerns. We can help you understand the different custody arrangements and determine which one would work best for your family.
Putting Your Child’s Needs First
Our attorneys can help you from the very beginning when you decide to file for custody. This includes filing a petition and mandatory mediation. Virginia does not require a parenting plan, but if you and the other party reach an agreement in mediation, it is incorporated into a court order. If you cannot reach an agreement, your case will move to the initial hearing and eventually a custody trial.
At a custody trial, a judge will determine custody using several factors to frame an outcome in the best interest of the child, including:
- Age of the child and parents
- Capability to meet the child’s physical needs
- Relationship between child and parent
- Ability to solve disagreements related to the child
We will work to simplify your case and avoid the custody trial, which draws out the process and creates more expense. However, if we are unable to reach a satisfactory agreement, our team will fight for your rights in court.
Learn How We Can Help You At An Appointment
Often, emotions can get in the way of a child custody case. The team at Morrison, Ross and Whelan will help you keep the focus on your child’s best interests while fighting to protect your parental rights. Call 540-347-1000 or email our firm to schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can help you.