Putting Your Child’s Interests First
The Juvenile and Domestic Relations (JDR) Court looks at the child’s best interests when issuing a child custody order. To facilitate a solution that takes into account your unique family circumstances, work with a compassionate, dedicated attorney well before you get before a family court judge.
Karen Scarborough, Attorney at Law, puts clients and their families first in all legal counsel and representation. If you bring your child custody matter to our attention, you can count on:
- Understanding and empathy
- Clear explanations of the law
- A review of legal options for arriving at an agreement or court order that will protect your child’s stability and your parental rights
- Helpful advocacy in any forum such as a settlement conference, a mediation session or a court hearing
- Support for your priorities, such as what the parenting time schedule will look like or how much time your child will spend with you
Types Of Custody In Virginia
Your child custody order may designate one or more of the following:
- Physical custody (where your child will live)
- Legal custody (who has the right to make decisions for your child)
- Visitation for a parent without physical custody, either flexible or with a fixed schedule
- Shared parenting
- Joint custody
- Sole custody
According to Virginia laws, “there shall be no presumption in favor of any form of custody,” but there will be a presumption of “frequent and continuing contact with both parents, when appropriate.” The law encourages parents “to share in the responsibilities of rearing their children,” with “no presumption or inference of law in favor of either.” The law also allows for “custody or visitation to any other person with a legitimate interest,” (someone other than a parent) in some cases.
Our Focus: Your Family
Our Virginia family law firm aims to protect parents, children and their relationships with each other. You can expect honest, compassionate advice and zealous advocacy as you approach your child custody case. In case of extraordinary factors such as an unfit parent or dangerous conditions at the home of one of the parents, our attorney will represent you zealously through whatever legal pathways are necessary as you seek an outcome in your child’s best interests.
She will also advise and assist you in securing an appropriate child support order, whether you will be paying or receiving child support.
Request A Consultation
Stop losing sleep over your child custody matter and start working rationally toward a solution that a judge will approve and that will benefit your family life. To schedule a meeting with our attorney, call 703-691-1920 or complete our online intake form.