Third party custody cases are those that involve individuals who are not the child's biological parent. Third parties can include grandparents, uncles, aunts, stepparents, or another family member who is concerned with the child's welfare. In Virginia, different legal standards apply to third party custody and visitation cases, so it is important that you consult a Fairfax divorce attorney who is well-versed in the law as it applies to your situation.
At Malinowski Hubbard, we have extensive knowledge of Virginia’s custody and visitation laws and how they are applied in diverse contexts. Whether you are a biological parent who would like to object to a third party's request for custody or visitation, or you are a third party interested in seeking custody or visitation of a child, we can help. Our Fairfax child custody attorneys can educate you regarding the laws and develop an effective strategy to meet your goals.
While Virginia law does favor a child's biological parents over third parties, there are exceptions.
If you believe that a child is being abused or abandoned and you want to care for that child, we may be able to help you pursue an emergency custody order. We are prepared to guide clients through complex custody issues and to make sure that their family members and loved ones are safe.
If you have a question about your particular situation, feel free to contact our team.
When courts decide to grant a third party with child custody, they do so on a case-specific basis, as the law is rather broad in this particular area.
Some factors that come into play when deciding third party custody:
The primary concern at our family law firm is preserving the welfare of children while advocating for our client's interests. Our Fairfax family lawyers combine our courtroom savvy and exceptional legal skills to provide effective solutions to even the most challenging custody disputes.
To discuss your case, call (703) 935-4222 today.
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