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Virginia Child Custody Lawyer

Experienced and Knowledgeable Virginia Child Custody Lawyer Helping Clients In Virginia Beach, Chesterfield County, Henrico County, and Throughout VA Resolve Child Custody Matters

Virginia Child Custody Lawyer

Children are often at the center of bitter conflicts between spouses that have decided to terminate their relationships. Unfortunately, parents can resort to using their children to exert revenge on their ex-spouse. Bitterness and hurt are often at the heart of custodial conflicts. Hiring a Virginia child custody lawyer will help to provide an objective view of your case.

Attorney Drew Page has witnessed the devastating impact of divorce on families firsthand. He is committed to helping parents make decisions that are in the best interests of their children. He will not only fight to protect your rights and interests but also provide guidance from an objective standpoint to ensure that you are able to make informed decisions. 

Contact us and schedule your appointment to consult with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney regarding your custody case. 

Types of Child Custody in VA

Child custody matters in Virginia are often divided into two categories: 

Physical custody 

This refers to how much time the children spend with each parent. Physical custody determines where the children live and often results in the other parent having limited time with the children The parent with whom the children spend most of their time is considered the Parent of Primary Residence while the Parent of Alternate Residence is the other parent. 

Physical custody is a highly contentious issue. This is because it not only limits the time the children spend with one parent but also determines which parent is likely to receive child support

Legal Custody 

This determines which parent will make important decisions on behalf of the children. These decisions include decisions involving the child’s education, welfare, and health. The rights of each parent will be outlined in the child custody order. However, in most cases, both parents retain legal custody of the children even when one parent is not awarded physical custody. 

Factors that Influence the Outcome of Custody Cases

Like in many other states, Virginia child custody laws are designed to ensure that both parents can have a meaningful relationship with the child even when they do not live together. Child custody is awarded based on the best interests of the child. 

There are several factors that are used to determine what the best interests of the child are. These include: 

  • The role of each parent in nurturing the children from birth 
  • The expected situation of each parent going into the future e.g. income prospects, work schedules, etc. 
  • Behavioral or personality traits of each parent 
  • The preferences of the children 

Deciding on child custody, however, is not a simple issue and often isn’t straightforward. There are several things that parents do that could jeopardize their chances of being awarded custody. There are also several things you can do to improve your chances of being awarded custody of your children. It is important to discuss your case with an experienced Virginia child custody attorney. 

Attorney Drew Page will evaluate your case and help you determine your options. He will provide you with innovative solutions to help you resolve your child custody matters in order to get the best outcome for your family. 

Attorney Drew Page is available to help you with: 

  • Crafting a child custody arrangement that will work for your family 
  • Finding solutions for child support issues 
  • Exploring options for visitation for the non-custodial parent 
  • Modifying existing custody orders  in order to account for changes in circumstances of one parent or the entire family 
  • Enforcing child custody orders against parents that are non-compliant 
  • Assisting you to reach a temporary agreement for child custody while the divorce proceedings are still ongoing

Attorney Drew Page has witnessed relationships of co-parents go from amicable to hostile in an instant due to child custody conflicts. He is committed to helping parents reach amicable solutions that prioritize the interests of their children. He will advocate protecting your rights while offering guidance to help you make decisions that will benefit your entire family. 

Contact Attorney Drew Page to schedule your consultation. 

Contact Us to Schedule a Strategy Session with an Experienced and Knowledgeable Virginia Child Custody Lawyer 

Children are often the biggest casualties of divorce. They are also often at the center of bitter conflicts when couples are seeking to dissolve their marriages. Speaking to an experienced and knowledgeable Virginia child custody lawyer will help to make the process of settling child custody less contentious. 

Attorney Drew Page is not only committed to defending the rights of his clients but also ensuring that the best interests of the children are considered in determining custody. He will assess your case and help you understand your rights and options. He will provide you with guidance in deciding the fate of your family. 

Contact Attorney Drew Page and book your consultation. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Child Custody Cases in Virginia 

Does anyone pay child support if both parents share custody of the children?

Whether child support will be paid will be at the discretion of the court. It is determined using a specific formula that takes into account factors such as the number of children, the income of each parent, health insurance costs, childcare costs where applicable as well as the number of days that the children spend with the non-custodial parent. You may still be required to pay child support even if you share custody.

Can I be refused visitation if I have not paid child support?

No. A parent may not be refused to visit or have their time with their children cut back because they have not paid child support. Child visitation and child support are two distinct matters. Visitation is not dependent on paying child support. If your ex is denying you visitation because you have not paid child support, you should speak with an experienced Virginia child custody lawyer and learn about your rights and the best way to resolve the issue.

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