Every family is different. There is no one child custody plan that works for every situation. When you are involved in a child custody dispute, it is important to make sure that your attorney is focused on meeting your family's needs.
At Weisberg & Weisberg, PLLC in Newport News and Norfolk, we help parents protect their rights while meeting their children's needs. We will offer creative child custody solutions that are tailored to your family's unique situation.
Effective Child Custody Solutions
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 provide you honest, and straightforward advice on how to navigate the difficult process and 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 used for cases where the parties cannot effectively communicate with one another and cannot reach an agreement regarding basic parenting decisions. Sole custody authorizes only one party to make the fundamental parenting decisions. In these cases, the noncustodial parent is bound by the decisions of the custodial parent.
- Shared custody: Shared custody in the context of custody arrangements often refers to when the parents of a child have the child on an equal basis. Shared custody works well for parties who communicate effectively and live close to one another. There is an increasing amount of literature that suggests shared custody is an excellent option for children living in separated households. As a result, we are finding some courts are increasingly ordering shared custody.
- Visitation Schedules : There are many different types of visitation schedules. Many courts tend to lean toward parents having alternating weekends with the child or children. However, as stated above, many courts are also ordering shared custody of a child or children, where they alternate staying with a parent on a weekly basis. Some parties are also able to enjoy nonspecified visitation schedules, where the parties change the times of visitation depending on their schedules as well as the child's needs. There are also some situations where supervised visitation is appropriate, such as where 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 your 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. A guardian ad litem (GAL) is often appointed to represent the children's interests.
We have extensive experience working with GALs throughout Hampton Roads. As soon as a GAL is appointed, we will engage them and help them understand our client's situation. We facilitate conversations between our clients and GALs to help bring everyone onto the same page.
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.