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Factors In Virginia Child Custody Cases (Part A)

Filing for child custody in Virginia can be an overwhelming process, especially if you have never been to court. Preparation is key, and it helps to be aware of what factors are used to determine legal custody in Virginia.

There are 10 factors used by the courts to determine child custody in the state of Virginia. 

While it is useful to read this list before you prepare for trial, a meeting with an experienced Virginia child custody attorney will ensure that you fully understand what is required of you.

What the courts consider in a child custody case in Virginia:
 
  • Age and health of child
  • Age and health of parents
  • Relationship between parents and child
  • Child's social needs
  • Review of past parent/child interaction
  • Interaction between parents
  • Problem-solving strategy between parents
  • Child's living preferences
  • Family abuse
  • Other case-specific considerations
     

Working with Your Virginia Child Custody Lawyer

You can gather some information on your own, prior to going to trial, to aid your Virginia child custody lawyer in building a solid case for your preferred child custody arrangement. There are multiple ways that child custody can be set up, including sole legal custody, joint legal custody, sole physical custody, and joint physical custody.

Examples of child rearing duties are important to your case. This will demonstrate your daily commitment to the well-being of your children. Be sure to inform your child custody lawyer if you normally: 
  • Ensure your child gets to and from school
  • Stay home with a sick child
  • Set up extra-curricular activities
  • Attend P.T.A. meetings
  • Take your child shopping 
     
All of these activities can be documented and used as evidence in court to show the primary role you have in your child's life. 

Next, you should consult with an experienced divorce attorney who understands women's issues in Virginia. It is important that the Virginia divorce lawyer you choose has handled cases similar to yours and that they understand Virginia child custody law.

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Kristen Hofheimer
A passionate advocate and well known champion for women in divorce and child custody issues.