For example, the court might take the child's preference into account. The court will also look at the child's school grades and the child's development. Sometimes an initial child custody and visitation order isn't working out. When conflicts arise post-divorce, parents can turn to the court to develop an alternate plan.
Whether parents are devising an initial child custody and visitation plan, or whether they are seeking to modify an existing one, it is important first and foremost that not only are their interests protected, but that their child's best interests are protected as well. At our firm, we understand that making such decisions is not always easy. Sometimes it helps to seek assistance, in order to better understand Virginia's child custody and visitation laws. Both of a child's parents have a right to be a part of their child's life, for the long-term benefit of both them and their child.