Child Custody & Visitation

Your children and their well-being are extremely important to you. This is probably why one of the most hotly contested issues in any divorce proceeding is child custody.

Fortunately, I, attorney Wilson C. Pasley, am here to help when you find yourself involved in an emotional custody, visitation, or child support dispute. It is important to have legal representation that is equipped to advocate for you, providing the court with an understanding of your situation and all you hope to provide for your children. No matter the circumstances, I will work tirelessly to protect both your parental rights and your children's welfare.

How Is Custody Determined In Virginia?

The primary concern in any child custody or visitation dispute is the child's best interests. When making this determination, a court will typically examine several factors, including:

  • The relationship between the child and each parent, focusing on each parent's involvement in the child's life and his or her ability to meet the child's emotional and physical needs
  • The child's preference if he or she is mature enough to express a preference
  • The role each parent plays in the child's care and upbringing
  • The child's needs and important relationships
  • The child's age and mental and physical condition
  • The age as well as the mental and physical condition of each parent
  • The ability and willingness of each parent to support the child's relationship with the other parent, as well as each parent's desire to maintain his or her own close relationship with the child
  • Any history of domestic abuse

While a court can award sole custody to one parent or joint custody to both, it will typically make every effort possible to help ensure that a child has continuing and frequent contact with both parents.

If joint custody is ultimately awarded, it is important to remember that it can be broken down into two distinct parts: joint legal custody and joint physical custody. As their names imply, joint legal custody means both parents have the ability to make important decisions regarding the child, while joint physical custody means both parents share physical care of the child. In Virginia, courts can award any combination of joint physical or legal custody, so long as it is in the child's best interest.

Compassionate Attorney For Your Child Custody And Visitation Needs

If you have any questions about child custody, visitation, or divorce in Virginia, contact Wilson C. Pasley, PLC, to speak with an experienced divorce lawyer today. While my office is located in Roanoke, I assist clients throughout the surrounding area, including those in Salem, Cave Spring, Vinton, and Rocky Mount. You can reach me online or by calling 540-627-5026.