Child Custody & Visitation

How to Resolve Disputes Over Custody and Visitation

Whether part of a divorce or a paternity dispute, the issue of child custody and visitation is extremely emotional. It also has a tendency to become highly contentious. In these cases, it is important to understand that the court is required to give primary importance to the needs of the child by preserving parent-child relationships. In other words, the court will not take your side or the other parent's side, but your child's side.

At the law firm of Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC in Fairfax, Virginia, our experienced attorneys resolve these disputes by getting to know you and your child. We learn about the outcome that you believe would be in the best interest of your child. Then we move forward to build a case designed to convince the court that this point of view is the right one.

The Types of Child Custody and Visitation

Child custody has two components: legal and physical. Legal custody refers to the ability to make decisions regarding the child's upbringing while physical custody refers to the child's place of residence. Typically parents share legal custody while one parent has primary physical custody and the other has a parenting plan that dictates the amount of contact the child and the non-custodial parent have. Our lawyers can help you decide on and pursue the arrangements that make the most sense for you and your child.

Changes to Child Custody and Visitation

Until a child is emancipated, custody and visitation arrangements remain subject to review and modification. Sometimes, those modifications are required in order to continue serving the child's best interests. Our lawyers can assist with modifications, as well as child relocations and move-aways.

Schedule a Consultation About Your Case

Call us at 703-648-8279 or send us an e-mail to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Fairfax child custody and visitation attorneys. Members of our team have more than three decades of experience handling these matters and have been recognized by inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and Washingtonian magazine's top divorce lawyers.

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