Fairfax Child Custody & Visitation Attorney

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If you are not awarded primary custody of your child or children, you and your spouse should agree to a visitation schedule that works for your family. If both parents can reach an arrangement, rather than leaving it up to the court, you can avoid additional animosity and reach a plan that is better crafted to your family situation.

A custodial parent cannot deny, suspend, or unreasonably restrict a non-custodial parent unless a court determines that visitation with the non-custodial parent is not in the best interests of the children. Call Langone & Fasullo, PLLC at (703) 391-1161 to learn more.

Don’t allow your spouse to limit your access to your children. The goal of any custody and visitation plan should be the stability of your child’s life. We can help you set reasonable parenting time goals and will protect your reputation against allegations.

How the Court Determines Visitation

When establishing a parenting time schedule, the court considers the following:

  • The physical and mental condition of the parents
  • Existing family relationships
  • The preference of the child
  • The parent’s employment, income, and standard of living

Courts rarely deny visitation rights to individuals such as parents, stepparents, grandparents and other family members. The court can withhold visitation, however, if a party fails to pay child support. It can also modify a custody award if a party intentionally withholds visitation.

Changes in Visitation

A visitation schedule can be changed if you can prove a “material change in circumstance.” This includes an income change, relocation, your child’s age or development, or non-compliance with existing orders. In these cases, a parent petitions the court to modify their arrangement, either with or without the agreement of their ex-spouse.

No matter what your situation, the well-being of your children should be your top priority. Our attorneys always keep this in mind when helping you through your legal issues.

For more information about crafting a visitation plan, contact Langone & Fasullo, PLLC to receive a consultation with our experienced legal team today.