Child Custody, Visitation, and Child Support
The parents should decide the arrangements for the custody and support of their children. If they cannot agree, then the court will determine custody based on what it believes is in a child’s best interest. The court considers a number of factors when awarding custody. The court may order an in-home study or psychological and medical evaluation of the parent in question. Consequently, it’s important to protect your rights and interests in any child custody or visitation matter.
At Smith, Barden & Wells, PC, our lawyers have the resources and experience needed to ensure that the rights of parents in the Richmond and Midlothian areas are protected throughout a divorce or child custody dispute.
When necessary, we consult private investigators, psychologists, and other professionals in order to conduct background checks, psychological evaluations, and gather evidence pertinent to your case.
Factors Considered by the Court on Child Custody and Visitation
The court will consider following when determining child custody and visitation:
- Age and mental condition of a child
- The relationship each parent has established with a child
- The specific needs of a child
- Support given by a parent to support the child’s relationship with the other parent
- History of abuse of a child or others
- Child’s preference of living arrangements
- Schedules of activities of a child
- Work schedules of parents
- Location of residences of parents and family
- Extended family support of parents and children
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