Guardian ad litem
The best interest of the child is the standard used by Virginia to determine legal and physical custody. Legal custody is often shared, but it is still determined on a case-by-case basis. Some factors considered by the court are:
- child’s age
- physical and mental condition of the child and parents
- the ability of each parent to resolve disputes between them
- the relationship between the parent and child
- the ability of the parent to meet the child’s needs
- the child’s preference
- the role each parent plays in the care and raising of the child
- the propensity of each parent to facilitate and foster the connection of the child to the other parent
Court considers same factors when deciding visitation. In addition to biological parent, grandparents, stepparents, and other parties with a legitimate interest can be awarded custody and visitation in certain circumstances.
For further information or questions please schedule a consultation in our Alexandria, Virginia office.