Child Visitation Attorneys In Virginia Beach Helping Fathers, Mothers and Grandparents
A visitation schedule may be disruptive to a custodial parent’s work-life balance. An agreement that fails to be flexible may prevent a parent from receiving overtime pay or spending time with children during days off. Coordinating schedules and crafting flexible agreements is part of what the law offices of The Stallings Law Group, P.C. does best. Where possible, our experienced child visitation lawyers serving Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads and Suffolk, VA work with clients to achieve compromises that avoid the stress and expense of litigation.
In some cases, as with grandparents who no longer work, it may be possible for the grandparent to pick up a child after school and babysit until the custodial parent gets home. If a parent believes that contact with an ex-spouse’s family tends to poison a child’s mind against one parent or the other, it may be possible to schedule family therapy sessions to resolve the personal issues that exist in the relationship. If the custodial parent’s reservations are more serious, our Virginia Beach child visitation attorneys in can advise you on issues such as:
Judicial denial of visitation
Courts in Virginia are authorized to deny visitation if it is in the child’s best interests, and may exercise this right in cases where a person has been convicted of a serious felony crime, such as murder or sexual assault against a child. For more information, speak to a divorce attorney as soon as possible.
In Virginia, a court may restrict access to children if there is a history of domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, excessive discipline, child endangerment, or physical or emotional abuse. If rehabilitation is possible, supervised visitation is usually granted on a temporary basis. If you are a parent who is seeking supervised visitation, our Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads and Suffolk, VA. child visitation attorneys can help.
If a visitation is scheduled, a custodian or parent may not deny the noncustodial parent access to the child without good cause. Withholding visitation can get a custodian or parent sanctioned, and possibly arrested, unless the proper procedures are followed. If you are worried about the child’s safety, you should definitely contact the police to issue a report or speak to a local law clerk about scheduling an emergency hearing.
Pattern of abuse or neglect
If it seems that abusive and neglectful behavior towards the child was not an isolated incident, it may also be necessary to file a motion with the court to modify the terms of the visitation agreement. At the hearing, the court may appoint a guardian ad litem or special advocate. The judge may order drug tests, alcohol tests or psychological exams. Only after the judge assesses all the information will there be a final ruling on the matter of visitation. If you have questions about this type of proceeding, contact a child custody attorney at The Stallings Law Group, P.C.
Assistance with visitation in Virginia
The divorce lawyers serving Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads and Suffolk, VA. at The Stallings Law Group, P.C. provide committed support to individuals seeking visitation help. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 757-422-4700 or contact us online.