Compassionate and Forceful Legal Representation for Parents Involved in Child Custody Matters
Without question, child custody and visitation matters are some of the most sensitive and emotionally involved issues in the area of Family Law. However, there are many legal and factual pitfalls that can present themselves in a child custody case that makes protecting the best interests of the child challenging. Eric Clingan is a seasoned Virginia child custody lawyer who has been teaching the finer points of Family Law to Virginia attorneys for years. When parents work with Eric, they learn how to prepare a stronger case in the event that they need to go to court to resolve any custody or visitation matter.
How Child Custody is Determined in Virginia
Like most other states, Family Law judges in the Commonwealth of Virginia take several factors into account before making a decision regarding child custody or visitation arrangements because the court must ensure that its final decision is in the child’s best interests. In any child custody case, the following factors will be evaluated:
- The age of the child, and if old enough, what his or her preferences are regarding custody
- Any special physical, mental, or emotional needs that the child may have
- The age of the parents, as well as their physical and mental health
- The income of each parent
- The ability of each parent to provide a stable and loving environment for the child
- The relationships of the child with peers and other family members
- Whether each parent is actively supporting their relationship with the other parent
- Each parent’s willingness to continue maintaining a close and continuing relationship with the child
- Any history of family violence or sexual abuse
- And any other factor that the court feels is pertinent to its determination
Although the court attempts to make the best decision possible for the child, the evidence is not always clear. This is why, as a caring parent, you need an experienced and zealous attorney who can assist you in gathering evidence that helps to illuminate certain issues in order to provide the court with a complete picture of what is truly in the best interests of your child or children.
The Importance of Maintaining a Relationship with Both Parents
Virginia recognizes that a great number of studies have shown that a child is better cared for, has a better self-esteem, and an overall better well-being when he or she is able to maintain a quality and continuing relationship with both parents. However, there are some cases in which it is better for the child to discontinue their relationship with the other parent, such as in cases where one parent has a history of violence toward others or has been sexual abusive.
Bringing these issues up in court isn’t always easy, and often requires the expertise and guidance of an experienced and aggressive attorney who is compassionate when it comes to the care of children.
At the NoVa Law Firm, we are committed to passionately advocating for the best interests of your children and will do so utilizing all possible means.
Contact the NoVa Law Firm Today for a Free Consultation
It is never wise to attempt to represent yourself during a child custody case. Doing so could be detrimental to your family, especially your child. Instead, reach out to an attorney with experience you can trust and have confidence in. At the NoVa Law Firm, we have 15 years of experience fighting for the rights of children and families across the state of Virginia.
Call today for a consultation to discuss your unique situation with a veteran attorney at (703) 352-9347.