Some of the Best Child Custody Lawyers – Arlington, VA
If you are unhappy with the outcome of a child custody dispute, it is important to understand that you may have options. Whether it is in your best interest and your child’s best interest to exercise those options now (as opposed to down the road) will depend on the unique circumstances of your situation. Once you speak with some of the best child custody lawyers in Arlington, Virginia about your situation, you will be able to have your questions answered. At that time, you will be able to make an informed decision about the best course of action moving forward. Depending on the nature of your case, you may wish to explore the possibility of appealing your case or modifying your existing child custody and/or parenting agreement orders with your Arlington, VA child custody lawyer.
Appealing a Child Custody Determination – Considerations
The distinction between an appeal and a modification is an important one. An appeal generally occurs in the immediate aftermath of a dispute that has been legally decided. In order to appeal a child custody ruling, you and your attorney must generally be able to prove that the judge overseeing the case made a mistake of some kind or that new materially important information has come to light that – if it had been known before the case was decided – would have been likely to have affected the outcome. Some of the best child custody lawyers in Arlington, VA will be able to clarify if you have sufficient grounds to appeal your ruling outright.
If it is not possible and/or appropriate to appeal your child custody ruling, you and your attorney may wish to explore the possibility of modifying your existing order. Although there may be exceptions to these general rules, modifications tend to only be granted when either 1) parents agree to the terms of the modification and simply need a judge to approve the change; 2) a family and/or child has experienced significant changes in circumstance since the original order was put into place; and/or 3) the modification is in the child’s best interest and the request itself is unlikely to be considered a nuisance. Essentially, you can’t haul your child’s other parent back into court for a modification that isn’t necessary. He or she must either agree to the terms or something needs to have changed significantly enough that your attorney (and hopefully, the judge presiding over your case) believes that your situation warrants a legitimate modification.
Child Custody Guidance Is Available
If you have questions about child custody matters generally and/or appealing a child custody ruling specifically, please do not hesitate to connect with some of the best child custody lawyers in Arlington, VA. Similarly, if you are interested in exploring the option of modifying an existing child custody order, please schedule a consultation as soon as you can. These conversations will not obligate you to take legal action. Instead, they will simply empower you to make informed decisions about your situation once you have received experienced guidance, support and answers to any questions you may have about your situation and legal options. Our firm has extensive experience in regards to child custody disputes and would be happy to assist you at your convenience. Call May Law, LLP today. We look forward to hearing from you.