Child Custody

Chesapeake Child Custody 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 any siblings
  • 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!

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