Child Custody Lawyers in Virginia Beach with More Than Two Decades of Experience Advises on Child Custody Laws

Helping ensure that issues with your divorce don’t negatively impact the care of your children

No parent makes the decision to divorce casually. For this reason, couples with children who are considering a divorce owe it to themselves to become as familiar as they can with the child custody laws applicable to the state where they are divorcing.

If you are involved in a child custody issue in the state of Virginia, contact Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law, an experienced child custody law firm in the Virginia Beach, Norfolk or Chesapeake areas today.

Concepts a Norfolk child custody attorney can help you understand

Whenever a Virginia family court considers a child custody dispute, it will determine some of the following:

  • Sole or joint legal custody — Legal custody, whether it is awarded to one parent or is divided between both, dictates which parent has legal authority to make key decisions regarding the lives of their children.
  • Physical custody — This dictates with which parent the child will live. This parent is termed the custodial parent.
  • Visitation — This dictates the terms by which the children will be allowed to visit the noncustodial parent.

And when making these decisions, a Virginia family court will always attempt to put one concern first: the best interests of the children.

For example, Virginia almost always grants noncustodial parents certain visitation rights. But if there is a history of child abuse or neglect by the noncustodial parent, a court may order supervised visitation or, in rare cases, no visitation at all. A Virginia Beach child custody lawyer can explain how these considerations may apply to your particular case.

Creating effective parenting plans with the aid of a Virginia Beach child custody attorney

Parents who are involved in custody disputes usually wish to protect their children from any of the pain and stress of the matter, and provide for the children’s well-being once the particular legal matter is concluded. An experienced child custody lawyer in Norfolk can help you draw up a collaborative parenting plan that protects everyone’s best interests.

Parenting plans are legally binding agreements outlining a child custody arrangement, which stipulate sole or joint custody, physical custody, visitation and other concerns. They also describe what happens if the situation of one parent changes significantly. Virginia Beach divorce law firm Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law brings more than 25 years’ experience to the negotiating table for every client they represents. The firm also brings a reputation for compassion and ethical representation to their role as a Virginia Beach visitation law firm, child custody modification law firm and family attorneys.

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At Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law we know how to defend your parental rights. Contact us Contact us online or by phone to arrange a consultation regarding your case.

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    5366 Virginia Beach Boulevard, AAA Building.
    Suite 301
    Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

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    Suite L
    Chesapeake, Virginia 23320



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    Suite 309
    Norfolk, Virginia 23518



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    Thomas Harding is a wonderful, down to earth lawyer. He helped smooth over my divorce. He was a pleasure to work with, and great with kids as well. Very family oriented. Very informative, and very helpful in answering any of my questions I ...
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    I have dealt with Thomas Harding and he has been my lawyer through my custody battle and with his knowledge and experience he has been able to provide me safety and also much more time with my daughter we are still going through our custody...
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