Every family is different. There is no single child custody plan that works for every situation. When you are involved in a custody dispute, it is important to make sure that your attorney is focused on meeting your family's needs.
At Weisberg & Weisberg, PLLC, based in Newport News and Norfolk, Virginia, our lawyers help parents protect their rights while making sure their children are well cared for. We will offer creative child custody solutions that are tailored to your family's unique situation.
Solutions To Emotional Family Law Matters
Child custody is one of the most emotional family law issues our clients face. We know how stressful it can be to face the thought of losing your child, so we will give you honest, straightforward advice on how to navigate the difficult process and explore your options regarding:
- Joint custody: Joint custody generally requires the ability of parties to co-parent — that is, to be able to discuss basic parenting issues and reach an agreement regarding those issues. Legally, both parties retain the right to make decisions regarding the child's schooling, religious affiliation and medical care.
- Sole custody: Sole custody is often awarded when the parties cannot effectively communicate with each other and cannot reach an agreement regarding basic parenting decisions. Sole custody authorizes only one party to make fundamental parenting decisions. In these cases, the noncustodial parent is bound by the decisions of the custodial parent.
- Shared custody: Shared custody refers to parents having equal time with their child. Shared custody works well for parties who communicate effectively and live close to each other. An increasing amount of literature suggests that shared custody is an excellent option for children living in separated households. As a result, we are finding courts increasingly ordering shared custody.
- Visitation schedules: There are many types of visitation schedules. Many courts tend to lean toward parents having alternating weekends with their children. As stated above, however, many courts are also ordering shared custody, where children alternate staying with a parent on a weekly basis. Some parents are also able to enjoy nonspecified visitation schedules, where they change the times of visitation depending on their schedules as well as the child's needs. There are also situations in which supervised visitation is appropriate, such as when one parent has a history of abuse or a substance abuse problem.
Ultimately, mothers and fathers start out on equal footing in custody cases, and the court's function is to determine what order is going to be in the best interest of the child. Our job is to convince the court that your goals meet that determination.
When A Guardian Ad Litem Is Involved
As far as the courts are concerned, child custody disputes are all about doing what is in the child's best interests. Guardians ad litem (GAL) are often appointed to represent children's interests.
We have extensive experience working with GALs throughout Hampton Roads. As soon as a GAL is appointed, we will help him or her understand our client's situation. We facilitate conversations between our clients and GALs to help bring everyone onto the same page.
Contact Us For Advice
We represent mothers, fathers, grandparents and extended family members in child custody and visitation cases. Call 757-528-2643 in Newport News or 757-777-9214 in Norfolk.