How Do Courts Decide Child Custody and Visitation?

By Charles R. Hofheimer and Kristen D. Hofheimer

Black and white, hard and fast rules don’t apply in Virginia custody cases.

In fact, there is very little certainty, in a lot of cases, when it comes to how a judge will ultimately rule.
Still, there are guiding principles that judges, Guardians ad litem, and attorneys use when it comes to making rulings, rendering advisory opinions, and counseling clients—and, frankly, it would be beneficial to you to know as much as possible about how Virginia custody cases are decided before you get too far along in your case. The decisions you make at the beginning of your case are some of the most important you’ll make, because they lay the groundwork for how everything else will proceed. The more you know, the better prepared you can be. At a minimum, you should understand how courts decide custody and visitation in Virginia. That’s why we’ve created this free report, “How do courts decide custody and visitation in Virginia?”  In it, you’ll learn all about what information and evidence the judge will use in your case to decide how custody and visitation should be handled so that you can begin to think about your strategy moving forward. There’s no “one size fits all” solution to a custody case, so you’re going to want to start gathering information and planning how to move your specific case forward. Your unique facts and circumstances combine to create a situation that is entirely your own, and you should be preparing yourself for how the law will apply to different facts. The more you know, the better prepared you can be to protect yourself and your children. You know what you hope will happen, but you probably have a lot of deep rooted fears about your custody case, too. What are the chances that the worst will happen? How do courts even decide custody, when it’s usually a he said/she said battle? Custody is too important to leave to chance; you’ll want to gather all the information you can to make sure your case is strong, and you get the custody and visitation arrangement you want. For more information, fill out the form to request a free copy of our report, “How do courts decide custody and visitation in Virginia?” You’ll receive your copy immediately, in an electronic downloadable format, so that you won’t waste any time getting to know more about the law regarding custody and visitation in Virginia. Before you do anything else, get a copy of this report!