How the Parent/Child Relationship Affects Child Custody in Virginia (Part B)What Happens When Parents Don't Agree on Child Custody in Virginia
While the ideal situation is for the parents to come to a mutual Virginia child custody decision regarding their children, things don't always happen that way. When parents can't agree on Virginia child custody, the judge will use the set criteria to determine what is best for the children. This is when the parent/child relationship is truly analyzed.
Mental Health Concerns and Child Custody in Virginia
One of the criteria for determining Virginia child custody is the mental and physical well-being of each parent. The physical well-being of a parent is rarely an issue, so long as each parent is physically capable of providing care. Mental well-being, however, can be a source of great debate.
Since July 2008, testimonies regarding mental health and therapist records have been allowed to be part of hearings concerning child custody in Virginia. If the mental health of a parent is in question, a psychological evaluation can be done.
However, if you are attempting to portray your ex as "crazy" and you order a psychological evaluation of him, most likely he will order one of you as well. Psychological evaluations are not a perfect science, and there is a chance that he will appear as if he is in perfect mental health, while you may end up looking less-than-fit.
The bottom line is that you should work closely with your Virginia child custody attorney to advise you of the best tactics to gain custody of your children. Child custody in Virginia can be a challenging road to navigate, particularly for those who decide to handle their own case.
Contacting a Virginia Child Custody Attorney
At Hofheimer Family Law Firm, we understand that the health and happiness of your children is your #1 concern. We will work with you to address any fears and anxieties you may have about your children's future. Our Virginia child custody attorneys will guide you every step of the way to advocate that you achieve the best possible Virginia child custody and child support arrangements for you and your children.
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