Child Custody Lawyers In Manassas

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A divorce that will disrupt your children's lives and place limits on your time with them is a heart-wrenching event. Each action you take throughout the process must be carefully considered in light of relevant laws and your unique family situation.

As you determine your approach to custody and visitation issues, you need a lawyer you can count on for empathy and clear, practical guidance. At Donna Dougherty Law P.C., with offices in Manassas and Fairfax, we help each client think through his or her most important parenting goals and pursue the path to resolution most likely to achieve them.

Balanced, Determined Representation For Mothers And Fathers

Our Prince William County child custody attorneys' knowledge and experience span a wide range of negotiated settlements and intensely contested custody cases, including both initial determinations and custody modifications. It is essential to recognize that:

  • The Code of Virginia, Section 20-124.3, lists a number of distinct factors for consideration when issuing custody and visitation orders in the best interests of the child.
  • Although patterns vary between jurisdictions and court officials, the focus is consistently on what is best for children today and for the future, with parents' past contributions sometimes receiving less weight.
  • The parenting plan and schedule the parties establish early in the process — and each party's demonstrated compliance with them — are often critical.
  • Parenting choices are highly personal and value-driven, and maintaining a civil, cooperative relationship with the other parent if possible should be a priority.
  • Should a negotiated custody and visitation agreement prove impossible to reach, it is essential to have an experienced litigator on your side.

"Donna helped me through a custody dispute over my two daughters. I have had the experience of having to use other family lawyers in the past and Donna is the first one I have felt truly represented myself and my children's best interests. She is an excellent listener and she truly heard and understood my position." — K.B. Read more testimonials here.

Contact Our Accomplished Attorneys For Help With Visitation And Other Custody Matters

If you are facing divorce with children or coping with other custody-related issues, we are here to support you, help you make informed decisions and aggressively present your position in court if needed. To schedule a consultation and in-depth analysis of your case, please contact us online or call 703-639-4706 today.