Dedicated Chesapeake Family Law Attorney
Let our firm preserve your parental rights in court!
When divorcing, separating, or determining paternity, which parent gains
custody of the child is decided by Virginia family courts which will attempt
to rule in the child’s best interests. The judge can either award
joint or sole custody, depending on the circumstances. If you are in the
process of resolving a custody dispute, a Chesapeake family law attorney
from our firm can fight for your rights as a parent to be involved in
your child’s life.
Our firm provides the committed support you need when dealing with a family
law issue such as child custody. J. Bouchard Law offers determined representation
and critical legal counsel to help you navigate through the often complex
Virginia family law system. Our firm can be trusted to give you experienced,
third-party help during this emotionally-fraught time.
Protecting the Child’s Best Interests
The concern of Virginia family law courts is to protect the child’s
best interests at all times, especially when determining who should gain
custody of the child. Our Chesapeake child custody attorney can argue
for your rights to custody of your child in court.
In deciding, courts will weigh factors such as:
- The child’s wishes if old enough
- The age, physical, and mental condition of the child
- The age, physical, and mental condition of each parent
- The willingness of each parent to foster a close relationship with the
child and other parent
- Any history of domestic abuse
- The child’ needs including relationships with the other parent and
- The role each parent plays in the child’s upbringing
If either parent is wishing to relocated, Virginia law mandates they must
give the court and the other parent at least 30 days’ notice and
list the new address.
Should the court determine should share legal custody, this means that
both parents will be responsible for the care and control of the child
and they will share authority to make decisions even if the child primarily
resides with one parent.
Let our firm uphold your rights!
In the case that one parent is awarded physical custody, the other parent
has a right to visitation. This parent may not be denied visitation unless
it is determined to not be in the child’s best interests. Otherwise
the parents should come to an agreement on a visitation schedule or the
judge will order one.
Call the firm today for your free case evaluation to speak with us about your custody case!