Many divorcing couples, perhaps unknowingly, place emphasis on matters other than their children. They may let ego and finance get in the way of what is in the best interest of their children. However, in Virginia, the court makes custody decisions based on the best interest of the children if parents cannot come to mutual agreement.
Considerations of the court
The court bases its decision on several factors:
- The age and physical and mental condition of the children and the parents
- The existing relationship between the parents and the children
- The children's needs
- Each parent's history and performance as a parent
- Each parent's likelihood to support the children's relationship with the other parent
- Each parent's willingness and ability to maintain a close and continuing relationship with the children and cooperate in child-rearing matters
- The children's preference, if the court finds them to be of reasonable intelligence and maturity to express a preference
- History of domestic abuse
Once the judge signs the custody order, parents are bound to abide by it. If a parent is denied access, he or she may bring the issue back before the court, at which time the judge may order a modification, visitation for the time missed, counseling or mediation.
If a parent's situation changes, for instance, a change in financial circumstance, a modification to the original court order may be necessary.
Child custody and visitation arrangements are often best made by the parents. But when that is not possible, the court decides. The experienced divorce attorneys at Pikrallidas & Associates guide clients through the process of making these difficult but necessary decisions. We review all your options and help you make the best decisions in both the short and long term.
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The legal team at the Fairfax, VA law firm of Pikrallidas & Associates has been committed to our clients' best interests since our founding in 1992. We place them ahead of all else. When you need an attorney who is focused, aggressive, yet compassionate to handle your child custody case, call us at 703-267-2600 or contact us online. Hablamos español.
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