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Experienced Child Custody Lawyers in Springfield, Virginia

At Becker, Kellogg & Berry, P.C., we work with men and women who want the best for their children. Our focus is on helping you negotiate the legal processes so that your family relationships stay intact.

Informed by decades of experience helping people through divorce and post-divorce disputes, our attorneys understand your family issues and help you pursue the child custody and visitation arrangement best for your children and for you. Contact us today to request a consultation to discuss your family law issue.

Defining the Optimal Outcome and Best Approach for You

It is critical to understand how our Virginia courts will view any issue involving child custody and visitation rights. The best interest of the child is the dominant concern for every order regarding both:

  • Physical custody — addressing where the children will live and how parents will divide or share responsibility for their daily care, and
  • Legal custody — addressing each parents' role in important decisions about children's education, health care and activities.

There is an established list of 10 factors that are considered by the courts in making custody and visitation determination. We will walk you through this list in a focused effort to help you set expectations and develop the ideal approach to your case.

As you and your children adjust to the new reality of having two households, we recommend that you consider the following:

  • Children who have a close and supportive relationship with both parents have fewer problems.
  • The level of civility between parents directly affects the well-being of the children.
  • Developing good communications between the parents about the children, such as timely and respectfully responding to phone calls or emails placed to you by the other parent, will help your children regain their equilibrium after the separation.
  • Each parent should actively encourage the children to love, and be loyal to, the other parent.
  • Each parent should tell the children that it is not their job to take sides or to comfort their parents.
  • Neither parent should discuss adult issues, such as financial matters, the reasons for the separation or negative feelings about the other parent, with the children.
  • Neither parent should use a child as a messenger between the parents, including giving children child support checks or sealed envelopes for delivery to the other parent.

Solutions that Balance the Needs of Children and Parents

We have won child custody for both mothers and fathers in disputed cases, and reached agreements providing for joint physical and legal custody. Our child custody attorneys have:

  • Deep experience and credibility
  • A solid, comprehensive understanding of how area judges interpret and apply legal guidelines
  • A commitment to writing detailed parenting plans that balance the desires of parents while serving each child's best interests

Caring Advocacy on Support, Relocation, and other Issues

In these tough economic times, we know that financial support of children is challenging and becomes a major issue in many divorces. Our resourcefulness in advancing overall divorce settlements, including those involving modified child support and spousal support, can be a tremendous asset for you. In addition, we have experience with post-divorce parental relocation cases.

For experienced counsel and representation that takes full account of your priorities involving child custody and visitation, please contact our respected Northern Virginia law firm today.

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