Involved With a Child Support and Custody Dispute in Virginia?
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, there are a number of child custody arrangements:
- Sole custody
- Joint custody
- Split custody
When determining child custody, courts look at which arrangement would be in the best interests of the child. Some of the factors that are considered in determining what is in the child’s best interests include:
- Age and physical and mental condition of the child
- Age and physical and mental condition of each parent
- Relationship existing between each parent and each child
- The ability of the parents to communicate and cooperate
- The needs of the child
- The reasonable preference of the child
- History of family abuse
Courts must consider all statutory factors when determining which child custody arrangement would be in the best interests of the child.
Modification of Child Custody Arrangements
If there is a change in circumstances, child custody orders may be modified. A court may modify a previous child custody order under certain circumstances, such as:
- Substantial change in the child’s needs
- Substantial change in employment
- The intended relocation of the custodial parent
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Children have a legal right of support from both parents. To ensure that this right continues upon divorce, courts apply child support guidelines that dictate the amount a non-custodial parent must pay in child support. These guidelines are based primarily on the number of children, the combined monthly gross income of both parents, work-related day care costs, and insurance costs.
The non-custodial parent is typically required to continue paying child support until the child turns 18 years old or upon the child’s graduation from high school. In certain cases, however, such as where a child is incapacitated, the parent may be required to continue supporting the child throughout his or her entire life. Child support arrangements may be modified upon a change in circumstances, such as an increase in salary, loss of a job, and change in day care expenses. A modification of support only dates back to the filing and service of the request for modification with the court.
The non-custodial parent is entitled to visitation rights, unless it would be detrimental to the best interests of the child. In some instances, restrictions may be placed on the visitation arrangement, such as supervised visitation. Grandparents and other family members may be granted visitation rights if it is deemed to be in the best interests of the child.
If you have children and are facing a custody, child support, or divorce, you should consult with our office. The attorneys at Dua Law Firm, PLLC, are experienced in helping parents achieve the best child support and custody arrangements for their children. Contact us today for assistance.
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