Deciding the custodial arrangement for your children is one of the most difficult issues that parents face during a divorce. The discussion is often emotionally draining for both parents and potentially traumatic for the children. Malinowski Hubbard and our team of experienced Fairfax family lawyers are here to assist you with all matters pertaining to the custody of your children. From the establishment of paternity and initial custody agreements or court orders to modification of custody orders, we can help you navigate the legal process and work towards a fair and effective solution.
We can guide parents through major issues in child custody cases, including:
We understand the sensitive nature of child custody disputes, and we are committed to making sure you and your child's best interests are met. Our firm has established relationships with many experts who can serve as valuable resources in your case, including therapists, psychologists, co-parenting coordinators and more.
In Virginia, there are several types of child custody arrangements for families:
Parents are encouraged to work together to come to an agreement about custody arrangements. Otherwise, a court may make that decision for you based on many factors that include:
No. Child custody and child support are separate matters. If the other parent does not pay child support, he or she still has the right to custody/visitation. If a parent does refuses custody, he or she may be penalized by the court. Before taking any action for unpaid child support, it is always a good idea to talk to an attorney about your options before taking action.
Our skilled Fairfax divorce lawyers remain on top of the latest in child custody laws. We have successfully represented numerous clients in highly contested custody disputes in court, including third party, child custody, and child relocation matters. Firm founder Christopher Malinowski has widely lectured and published articles on custody issues, and Melanie Hubbard and Amanda Kimble have resolved significant custody matters during their legal careers. From negotiation and mediation all the way through litigation and trial, we can effectively represent you at each juncture.
Whether you are facing a highly contested custody dispute or a relatively straightforward custody agreement, our divorce lawyers can provide effective guidance. Serving clients all across Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun, and Stafford counties, we are ready to help.
Talk to a member of our Fairfax child custody team during an initial consultation.
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