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Virginia Beach Child Custody Lawyers Balance Your Concerns With Virginia’s Child Custody Laws

Because there is nothing more important to you than the welfare and happiness of your children, it is essential that you understand issues of child custody in Virginia and how Virginia courts make decisions related to parenting including  legal custody, physical custody and visitation arrangements.

Understanding Virginia's Child Custody Laws

There are several legal aspects of Virginia custody guidelines with which to familiarize yourself; including the following:

  • Sole or joint legal custody
  • Physical custody
  • Sole/primary custody
  • Shared physical custody

Generally speaking, Virginia legal custody refers to the status of who has the authority to make major decisions regarding your child's upbringing. Though this is a critical decision, the determination of legal custody doesn't dictate whether or how often a parent spends time with a child. Physical custody refers to where your child will live and with which parent your child will reside. Visitation determines how and when a parent without physical custody of a child sees a child.

Determining the Best Parenting Arrangement for Your Children

No matter what your reasons for being involved in a custody dispute, you want to protect your children from as much emotional upheaval as you can. Many couples attempt and successfully achieve a co-parenting arrangement based on a mutual concern for the well being of their children. This is your ideal goal. This amicable arrangement puts a focus on your children's needs and includes a collaborative approach to parenting.

Your parenting plan may include guidelines for child visitation. This refers to the arrangement for the parent who does not have primary custody to spend meaningful time with the child. In almost all custody and divorce cases in Virginia involving children, the parent who does not have physical custody of the children will be given child visitation.

If there is a history of child abuse or neglect, you can request supervised visitation. In rare cases, a court may grant "no visitation." If you are worried about your child's health or safety, be sure to talk to your Virginia women's custody and/or divorce attorney as soon as possible about these critical issues.

Child Support Enforcement in Virginia

Your top concern is the welfare of your children, and this includes their financial security. The divorce attorneys at Hofheimer Family Law Firm are extremely knowledgeable about Virginia child support laws. Our Virginia child support attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure you are awarded the highest amount of child support possible so you can provide a comfortable, stable and healthy home environment for your children.

Contact a Virginia Child Custody Lawyer

You and your family deserve a positive outcome for your custody case. The Virginia divorce attorneys at Hofheimer Family Law have close to 20 years of experience in matters of Virginia child custody, co-parenting and Virginia child support.

We understand that the health and happiness of your child is your #1 concern and we will work with you to address any fears and anxieties that you may have about your child's future. Our women's divorce attorneys will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you achieve the best possible child custody and child support arrangements for you and your children. Call our office today at (757) 785-9761 to schedule a one-hour consultation.

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