Understanding Child Custody Modifications Lawyers in Virginia Beach Look Out for You and Your Children

Virginia family law allows modifications when circumstances change

In any case involving child custody, a Virginia family court must keep one key concern in mind at all times: the well-being of the child. But the courts also realize that times, circumstances and situations change, and custody arrangements that worked in the past may not be ideal in the present.

Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law is an experienced child custody modifications law firm in the Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake area. With their help, you can articulate your case for child custody modifications and keep the best interests of your child protected.

Norfolk child custody modifications lawyers understand the circumstances courts may consider

Family judges in the state of Virginia have jurisdiction over issues of child custody until the child reaches age 18. These judges have the right to modify custody orders if circumstances affecting the best interests of the child change. Before modifying a child custody order, a Virginia family court may consider a number of factors, including the:

  • Nature of the parent-child relationship
  • Age, mental health and character of the parents
  • Stability of the home environments in question
  • Financial and employment status of the parents
  • Health of the parents
  • Wishes of the child
  • Age and gender of the child
  • Ability of each parent to meet the needs of the child
  • Potential impact of custodial changes on the stability of the child

The best interests of the child remain paramount

In Virginia Beach, child custody modifications lawyers can explain that, even if parental circumstances change, the courts will not alter an existing custody arrangement if those changes are likely to be detrimental to the best interests of the child. The precedent set by the Supreme Court in the case Keel v. Keel states there are two questions to consider when considering child custody modification:

  • Have circumstances changed since the previous recent custody order?
  • Is a custodial change truly in the best interests of the child?

Judges may also consider both positive and negative changes in the circumstances of each parent and, if the change is substantial, may grant a request for modification of the child custody arrangement. As knowledgeable Virginia Beach child custody modifications attorneys, Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law can help ensure you follow proper protocols throughout this potentially complex legal process.

Divorce attorneys Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law have spent more than 25 years building a reputation as trustworthy and reputable child custody lawyers in Virginia Beach. If you face any legal issue surrounding divorce in Virginia, they can help.

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Contact Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law, PLC online or at 757-499-2600 today for help with your child custody modification case. We serve clients in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and surrounding areas.

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