Keeping Siblings Together in Virginia Child Custody Cases
If you are considering divorce and you have children, you are probably also concerned about what will happen to them in a Virginia child custody arrangement. In Virginia, as in most states, the court’s mission is to act in the best interests of the children.
The court takes several factors into consideration when determining the best interests of the children. The relationships that the children have with their parents and also with each other are key criteria. The court usually determines that it is in the best interests of the children for siblings to stay together in a Virginia child custody ruling.
One of the reasons that courts like to try to keep siblings together is because of the support system available while their parents are going through a divorce. The courts understand the importance of sibling relationships, and that often a sibling is the best confidant in a family matter.
There are some circumstances in which siblings are not kept together. This can happen if the court determines that the children are mature enough to state a preference for living with one parent over the other. One child may have a strong bond with the mother, while another child may feel closer to their father. Siblings may also be kept apart if there is evidence of family abuse or for their well-being, as determined by a judge.
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Contacting a Virginia Child Custody Attorney
At Hofheimer Family Law Firm, we understand that the health and happiness of your children is your #1 concern. We will work with you to address any fears and anxieties you may have about your children’s future. Our Virginia child custody attorneys will guide you every step of the way to advocate that you achieve the best possible Virginia child custody and child support arrangements for you and your children.
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