There is a chance that you won’t be granted custody rights to your children after a divorce. In some cases, a Virginia judge may revoke the rights that you were granted as part of an original custody order. However, there are steps that may be taken in an effort to regain your role as a son or daughter’s primary caretaker.
Fix the issue that led to your rights being revoked or suspended
If you lost custody of your children because of substance abuse, you’ll need to prove to a judge that you have overcome that issue. This may be done by submitting a certificate saying that you completed a rehabilitation program. It may also be done by submitting to regular chemical tests as ordered by the judge overseeing your child custody case.
Remain in compliance with court orders at all times
It can be difficult to go days, weeks or months at a time without seeing your kids. However, violating a court order could result in additional penalties that may make it even harder to regain the ability to spend time with your children. Therefore, even if you don’t agree with the order, it is a good idea to avoid being in contempt of court.
Make the most of whatever parenting time you are given
There is a chance that you will be allowed to remain in contact with your children after losing your status as their custodial parent. As a general rule, it’s in your best interest to take advantage of whatever opportunities that you are given to stay in their lives. It may be a good idea to keep a log of all the times that you called, emailed or visited your kids to show that you’re capable of being a primary caregiver.