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Fairfax Child Custody and Visitation Attorney

Legal Representation in High-Conflict Child Custody Disputes

At the Nova Family Law Group, one of our primary areas of practice is representing parents involved in high-conflict child custody disputes.

Our lead attorneys have significant legal experience and bring a skilled focus on litigating family law cases in and around Fairfax and Northern Virginia. We are a division of the well-established and AV-rated* law firm of Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy PLC.

Primary Factors Used to Determine Child Custody

In the broadest possible terms, child custody and visitation arrangements must be crafted in the best interests of the child. This standard, "the best interests of the child," is vague and allows a judge a lot of discretion in making rulings regarding child custody and visitation.

Some of the considerations include:

  • Which parent has been the primary caregiver thus far?
  • What type of child custody arrangement will have the best chance of preserving each parent's relationship with the child? Are there any grandparent's or  father's rights issues?
  • If the parents live in different geographical areas, where has the child established family ties? Which location offers the child the best educational opportunities?
  • If the child has special medical needs, which parent is better equipped to manage the child's medical and educational care?
  • Is there truth to any charges of substance abuse that have come up during the divorce proceedings? If so, are there rehabilitation programs that would allow the parent to continue a supervised relationship with the child?

At our firm, we represent unwed parents and parents who are going through a divorce. Turn to us for skilled representation in complex custody matters.

Expert Witnesses in Child Custody Disputes

At the Nova Family Law Center our lawyers frequently call upon the help of expert witnesses to help us build a strong proposal in child custody disputes. Forensic experts including psychologists, psychiatrists and professional child custody evaluators help us make a strong recommendation to the court regarding child custody — one that is founded on the opinions of experts in their fields.

Contact the Nova Family Law Group

If you have questions about a potential or actual child custody dispute, we encourage you to schedule an initial consultation with one of our attorneys. To make an appointment, call (571) 421-2992 or use our online contact form.

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