Richmond Child Custody Lawyers
Representing Parents in Divorce & Custody Matters
Custody issues can be the most contentious and emotionally draining aspect of a divorce. When parents cannot agree on how to share custody, the court will step in and make a decision based on the best interests of the child. At Janus & Stone, our family law firm has helped numerous families in the Richmond area resolve custody issues. Our lawyers have the experience and the knowledge to effectively represent your interests. We can help you resolve custody issues amicably or litigate them in court.
Call us at (804) 265-4441 to discuss your situation today!
Virginia Child Custody Laws: Understanding Physical & Legal Custody
In Virginia, parents have the opportunity to share both physical and legal custody of their child. Physical custody refers to the responsibility of caring for the child, which can be shared through joint or split custody, where parents have equal or designated time with their child.
Legal custody, on the other hand, refers to the right to make important decisions regarding the child's upbringing, such as healthcare, education, and religion. In Virginia, both parents have the right to share legal custody, giving them an equal say in making these crucial decisions.
For some families, both physical and legal custody may be shared between parents, providing a co-parenting arrangement that promotes joint responsibility for the child's care and upbringing.
If you are facing child custody issues, it's essential to work with an experienced family law attorney who can help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights. Contact our Virginia child custody attorneys today to schedule a consultation and discuss your options.
How Does a Custody Decision Get Made?
When parents cannot agree on how to share custody, the court will step in and make a decision based on the best interests of the child. Parents can agree to submit their custody dispute to the court, or the court can intervene on its own. In either case, the court will make a decision based on the facts of the case and the best interests of the child.
When deciding on child custody, the court will consider the following:
- Parents' wishes
- Child's preference, if he or she is mature enough
- Child's and parents' physical and mental health
- Each parent's ability to provide a stable environment for the child
- Each parent's ability to provide a home environment that encourages the child's healthy physical, intellectual, emotional, and moral development
- Each parent's ability to encourage the child to maintain a relationship with the other parent
- Child's interaction and relationship with parents, siblings, and any other person who impacts the child's best interests
Contact Our Richmond Child Custody Attorneys Today
Attorney Taylor B. Stone has established himself as a highly effective legal advocate, adept at both litigation and negotiation in representing clients facing a variety of legal challenges. With more than 20 years of experience in handling family law cases of all types and levels of complexity, our law firm possesses the practical experience, legal knowledge, and insight required to guide you through this challenging time. We recognize the emotional strain and uncertainty that often comes with navigating family law matters, and we are here to provide compassionate guidance, wise counsel, and unwavering support at every stage of your case.
To get started with our firm, call us at (804) 265-4441 or contact us online today.
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