Protecting Your Relationship With Your Kids
Your children are your No. 1 priority. As you go through your divorce, you want to ensure that you still have the ability to be the best parent you possibly can. Maintaining contact with your children means the most to you as you begin the divorce process.
At Spencer Law PLLC, we believe in preserving the relationship you have with your children. We will advise you of your options and fight for the best possible outcome for your family.
Factors That Impact Custody
Child custody and visitation in Virginia is determined by what is in the best interests of your children. Courts will look at several factors to help make this determination. Common factors include:
- Who provides primary care
- The current parent-child relationship
- History of each parent
- Child’s preference
- Age, physical and mental capacity of each parent
- Each parent’s willingness to cooperate
Understanding Your Custody Options
The judge will weigh all factors when making a decision about custody. There are two main types of custody.
- Legal custody: When you have legal custody of your child, you have a say in important decisions regarding your child. You will be able to weigh in on things such as medical care, religion and education.
- Physical custody: When you have physical custody of your child, your child physically spends their time with you. The amount of time each person gets to spend with their child differs based on the arrangement.
It is possible for one parent to have sole custody or both parents to share custody. The type of custody arrangement your family has can impact other items in your divorce, such as child support amounts.
Let Us Guide You Through The Process
It can be frightening to think about a future without your children. Our lawyer will help you understand your options and fight for a solution that fits the needs of you and your children. We will guide you inside and outside the courtroom. Located in Roanoke, we proudly serve parents throughout the surrounding area. Call our office at 540-685-0361 or set up a consultation through our online form.