Protecting Your Relationship With Your Children
Your relationship with your children is precious. In a child custody dispute, that relationship could be in jeopardy. You want to do everything possible to make certain you continue to spend time with your children and play a vital role in their upbringing. Our experienced attorneys can help you protect the parent-child relationship.
Child custody is the most litigated issue in family law, and it is a type of case our lawyers handle often at Hicks Crandall Juhl PC. Our lawyers represent married and unmarried parents, stepparents, grandparents and other third parties in Fairfax and throughout northern Virginia in all aspects of child custody and visitation. These matters often correspond with divorce or paternity actions, and we provide comprehensive representation in these cases.
The following are examples of custody issues our family law attorneys handle:
- Legal and physical custody: There are two aspects to child custody in Virginia: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is the right to make decisions for your children. Physical custody covers which parent your child will be with and when.
- Parenting time: Most people think of physical custody and visitation as one parent having the children most of the time and the other having the children alternating weekends and holidays. However, there is no “normal” and many time-sharing arrangements are possible. Our goal is to help you come up with a plan that is feasible based on your situation and in the best interests of your family. Our lawyers also handle post-divorce modifications to parenting plans and child custody.
- Parent relocation: Relocation of a custodial parent is one of the most emotional issues that can arise after divorce. It also is an issue where Virginia courts have not made consistent rulings and it is crucial for you to have good legal advice from the earliest planning stages.
- Third-party custody: There are times when someone other than a biological or adoptive parent cares for a child and needs to establish or protect his or her legal rights relating to that child. Our lawyers represent grandparents, stepparents and other third-party caretakers in child custody and visitation disputes.
Our goal is to help you reach a negotiated resolution of child custody and visitation issues without court involvement. If a negotiated resolution is not possible, however, our lawyers are willing and able to litigate your case at both trial and appellate levels.