30-Plus Years Of Experience In Child Custody And Visitation Matters

A formal child custody and visitation arrangement may be necessary for parents who are going through a divorce, are not married or are in a same-sex relationship. Parents care about their children and have strong opinions about how they should be raised. It is no surprise that child custody cases are often very emotional or highly contested, which is why having the right lawyer on your side matters.

As a former Marine, I am passionate about helping military families. I understand the special concerns and challenges they face.

Cooper Law, PLLC, in Manassas is a solo practice you can turn to for solutions based on experience and realistic advice. I understand what is at stake in child custody matters. I am responsive to your needs, but I also know when to be direct so that we stay focused on what is most important.

Custody Is Determined Under The Best Interests Of The Child Standard

In Virginia, all child custody and visitation decisions are made based on what arrangement is in the best interests of the child not the parents. A judge will evaluate many different factors when making this determination, including:

  • Age, health and needs of the child
  • Age and health of each parent
  • Ability and willingness of each parent to care for the child
  • The relationship each parent has with the child
  • Relationships with any siblings, grandparents or other family members
  • How well the parents communicate and work together
  • Where the parents live
  • Preference of the child based on age and maturity
  • Any other factors the court deems necessary

Modifications Based On Relocation

When a parent who shares custody of a child relocates for a job, new relationship or due to a military reassignment, it affects the rights of the other parent. You need to consult an attorney the moment that you know a move is a possibility. With my extensive experience, I can help you understand what a judge will consider in a modification hearing and what you can do to proactively safeguard your parental rights.

Schedule Your Free 30-Minute Consultation With A Lawyer

Whether you need to establish an initial custody order or modify an existing one, contact me as soon as possible to discuss your rights and options. Call 703-722-6187 or send me an email to schedule your free 30-minute consultation.