Child Custody, Visitation, and Child Support Attorneys in Manassas & Northern Virginia
Virginia Custody Law Explained
Virginia law has two forms of custody, legal and physical custody. Legal custody is the authority of a parent or parents to make decisions concerning the child. Physical custody is a term used to designate who the child lives with.
In Virginia the court can award either sole legal custody to one parent or joint legal custody to both parents. A parent who is awarded sole legal custody retains 100% authority to make decisions concerning the child. Parents that are awarded joint legal custody must cooperate and work together to make decisions concerning the child. In many cases, the decision of the court to award sole legal or joint legal custody depends on the level of cooperation that is demonstrated between the two parents.
There are three forms of physical custody in Virginia: primary physical custody, shared physical custody, and split physical custody. Primary physical custody is when the child lives primarily with one parent and the other parent has less the child in their physical custody less than ninety-one days in a year. Shared physical custody is when each parent has physical custody of the child more than ninety-one days in a year. Split physical custody is when the parties have at least two children and the court awards each parent physical custody of one of the children.
The best interest of the child is the paramount concern in all custody cases and the court will consider certain statutory factors to determine which form of custody is in the best interest of the child. The attorneys at The Daugherty Law Firm will fully discuss your case with you and develop a strategy to achieve the best possible results in your case.
Virginia Visitation Law Explained
Virginia law permits a non-custodial parent to have visitation with their child. In some cases grandparents may have a right to visit their grandchildren. The court will consider what type of visitation is in the best interest of the child and the amount of visitation can range from alternating weekends and holidays to much more. Please contact our attorney’s to assist you in asserting your right to have visitation with your child or grandchild.
Child Support Law Explained
Child support is money that is paid by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent for the care and benefit of the parties’ child. Child support is ordered by the court or the Virginia Department of Child Support Enforcement and is calculated using the parties income, work related child care expenses, health care expenses, and other factors. Whether you are seeking child support or being asked to pay child support, please contact an attorney at The Daugherty Law Firm to assist you in your child support case to make sure your rights are protected.
Please contact The Daugherty Law Firm for help with your custody, visitation, or child support case. Our highly qualified custody attorneys are here to assist you. Contact us today online or call our office at 703.659.2437.
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