Custody, Visitation & Relocation

What Goes Into Child Custody Decisions?

Virginia family courts determine child custody and visitation arrangements based on what is perceived to be in the child's best interest. Several factors* are used in making this determination, including:

  • The child's age, physical condition and mental condition
  • The parents' physical and mental conditions
  • The quality of the relationship between the parents and the child
  • The roles each parent has played, and will continue to play, in the care and upbringing of the child
  • The child's needs, with consideration paid to the child's parental, sibling and extended family relationships
  • Each parent's willingness and ability to cooperate and resolve disputes affecting the child
  • "Reasonable preference" of the child
  • Any history of physical or sexual abuse
  • Any felony convictions involving either parent
  • Additional factors the court determines

Fighting When It Is Right For Your Child

At Lutins & Pilgreen, PC, in Roanoke, Virginia, our child custody and visitation lawyers help clients establish parenting plans and time-sharing arrangements that meet their needs, as well as the court's requirements. Whenever possible, we help divorcing or separating parents forge agreements on child custody and visitation matters, including legally mandated mediation. If an agreement is simply not possible or desirable, we fight tenaciously for our clients to obtain custody of children in child custody battles.

We Will Guide You Through The Custody Process

A life without access to your children is a frightening prospect. Fortunately, the lawyers of Lutins & Pilgreen, PC, are highly experienced in legal matters involving child custody, visitation and relocation.

To discuss your options confidentially with a custody attorney, contact us online or by calling our Roanoke office at 540-627-5150.

*Code of Virginia § 20-124.3