There are so many things about a divorce that are highly personal and important to the spouses, but there is no matter more significant than their children.
The question of what will happen to the kids is perhaps the one that worries parents most when considering a divorce. While in many cases the parents’ separation can be good for the children, each parent rightly wonders how it will impact their relationship with their kids and what can be done to ensure that their parent/child bond will remain intact.
A major factor in the success of these relationships can simply be time, and a child custody agreement seeks to divide the child’s time between the parents. There are many factors that may help determine the amount of time a child spends with each parent, and a skilled custody attorney can help a parent secure as much of that time as possible. Attorney Alanna Williams helps Virginia parents protect relationships with their children and work toward the best possible custody agreement. If you have concerns about your children during a divorce, call our Fairfax office today at (703) 273-1000 to learn more about your rights and how we may be able to help.
The Virginia court system seeks to determine a custody arrangement that is in the best interest of the children. While opinions may differ on what truly is in a child’s best interest, it is the goal of the legal process to ensure that children are always in a safe, secure, and loving environment. Some common considerations include:
There are many different types of custody arrangements that can be made. Every family is different, so what works for one family may be inappropriate for another. There is no such thing as a “typical” custody arrangement. However, custody usually falls into one of these categories:
Often, child custody arrangements can be made between parents with the help of a skilled lawyer. Parents can negotiate an agreement they feel is in the best interest of everyone involved without the involvement of a third party decision maker. Other times, it can be more difficult to reach an agreement. In those cases, the decision could fall to a mediator, arbitrator, or a judge. In those cases, it is important to have an experienced advocate on your side who understands local child custody law and can present your case to the best advantage. This is especially important as once a court has dictated a custody order, it cannot be modified unless there has been a significant change in some factor relevant to the case that occurred since the decision was made.
To seek custody of a child, a parent must follow a specific path dictated by the law. An attorney can help parents:
While there are so many personal considerations that need to be made when navigating the divorce process, child custody continues to be one of the most impactful. If you have children, the stakes are too high to move forward without trusted and tenacious representation to protect your rights and interests. At the Law Office of Alanna Williams, our legal team can work with you toward the best possible outcome. Whether you expect your spouse to be amenable to a custody agreement or you anticipate a fight, it is best to be prepared and make sure your rights are protected to ensure the continued strength of your relationship with your children.
Call our Fairfax office today at (703) 273-1000 to speak with a member of our legal team and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. If you prefer, take a moment to fill out our online contact form for a prompt response from a member of our team.