Joseph & Mische, PC

Leesburg Child Custody Lawyers

Loudoun County Child Visitation Attorney

Determining a child custody agreement that satisfies all of the parties involved can be a daunting task. Although you want to do what is best for your child, you also want to ensure that you are able to secure the time you need to forge and maintain a meaningful relationship. With attorney Nan Joseph at your side, you will be able to accomplish both of these goals with both efficiency and skill. Ms. Joseph has been representing clients in child custody and child support disputes for more than 36 years. She will draw upon her broad skill set to negotiate, or if necessary, litigate, in an effort to obtain an agreement that satisfies the interests of both you and your child.

Child Custody and Visitation: Understanding Your Rights

The Virginia statute contains definitions of Joint Custody and Sole Custody:

"Joint Custody" means (i) joint legal custody where both parents retain joint responsibility for the care and control of the child and joint authority to make decisions concerning the child even though the child's primary residence may be with only one parent, (ii) joint physical custody where both parents share physical and custodial care of the child or (iii) any combination of joint legal and joint physical custody which the court deems to be in the best interest of the child.

"Sole Custody" means that one person retains responsibility for the care and control of the child and has primary authority to make decisions concerning the child.

Legal custody refers to the authority of a parent to make important decisions on behalf of the child regarding education, health, religion and safety. Legal custody may be sole (awarded to one parent) or joint (shared between both parents).

Physical custody refers to the schedule regarding where the child lives, where they are sleeping and who makes the day-to-day decisions on their behalf.

Custody and visitation are always modifiable upon a showing of a substantial change in circumstances and the best interests of the child.

Virginia Child Support Guidelines

Support is determined by a formula in the state statutory guidelines. A parent's financial obligation is calculated based upon the income of both parents, work-related daycare costs for the child, health insurance costs for the child and by the number of days the child spends with each parent per year. Child support orders may be modified when there has been a substantial change in circumstances.

When you come in for your consultation, Ms. Joseph will work to explain in detail what the Virginia guidelines mean for you and your case. Together, you will work to determine the next step based on your unique circumstances. To schedule your appointment with our Leesburg child custody attorney, click on the topic buttons on the left or call 703-777-7740 or feel free to contact us by e-mail at [email protected]

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