There is nothing more precious than a parent’s love for their child, but when a child’s mother and father separate, they often disagree on where the child should reside or who should make important decisions in their child’s life. In Virginia, when a child’s parents cannot agree on these critical issues, courts will decide what is in the child’s best interest.
Parents may seek primary or shared physical custody and sole or joint legal custody of their child. Parents and even grandparents can also seek visitation of their child. Physical custody refers to where the child resides and legal custody relates to the decisions that must be made in a child’s life.
Virginia Code Section 20-124.3 lists the factors that a court must consider when determining the best interests of a child. The factors range from the age, physical and mental condition of the parent and child to the child’s needs and the child’s relationship to each parent. The courts will also consider each parent’s propensity to foster the relationship of the child with the other parent, as well as other factors.
As a father of four children, Taylor B. Stone knows there is nothing more important to a parent than the safety and well being of their child. As an experienced trial lawyer, he knows how custody and visitation cases, including the factors that a court must consider, should be presented.
Janus & Stone, P.C. will make every attempt to resolve your custody or visitation matter without litigation, but if your case ends up in the courtroom, we will put our experience to work for you.