Visitation Lawyer Virginia
Oftentimes child custody and visitation are determined as part of a divorce or legal separation unless the parents are unmarried. Custody is referring to where the child resides most of the time unless there is a split custody arrangement, whereas visitation refers to time allotted for the noncustodial parent to spend time with the child. Unless there are good reasons to deny visitation such as a history of abuse, courts will typically assume the child’s best interests are met when the child spends time with both parents.
Visitation rights in Virginia are similar to those of other states, and in addition to whether a child should have visitation time with the noncustodial parent there also be a consideration of the practical impact of any visitation schedule. If you have questions about visitation and you should speak to a visitation lawyer in Virginia such as the ones available from May Law LLP.
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When the court is working out a schedule for visitation they are going to take into account school and/or daycare schedules, the child’s extracurricular activities and medical appointments, distance that will be traveled visitation, availability of transportation and willingness of parents to share in this obligation, each parents work schedule and recognition of the fairness regarding special days such as birthdays, weekends and holidays.
When determining visitation Virginia courts also considering the following factors with the focus of the child’s best interests at mind:
- Age and physical/mental condition of the child;
- Age and physical/mental condition of each parent;
- Relationship between each parent and each child;
- Needs of the child (including various relationships with siblings, peers, etc.);
- The role each parent plays in the child’s upbringing;
- The willingness/ability of each parent to support the child’s relationship with the other parent;
- The willingness/ability of each parent to maintain a close and continuing relationship with the child, and to cooperate and resolve disputes regarding matters affecting the child;
- Reasonable preference of the child (subject to court’s discretion);
- Any history of domestic violence other such abuse; and
- Any other factors deemed relevant by the court.
When it comes to unmarried fathers and mothers, maternity has to be established through voluntary acknowledgment or a DNA test if the acknowledgment is contested in order for the father to petition for visitation with the child. If you believe that you are the father but you have not yet establish paternity and you have to sign up at the Virginia putative father registry which allows for notification of any adoption or termination of parental rights.