If you are involved in a divorce and have minor children, you want an experienced lawyer to not only protect your parental rights but also the best interests of your children. At Lieblich & Grimes, P.C., we have substantial experience handling child custody matters, having focused our practice on divorce and family law for more than 30 years.
Our attorneys work collaboratively with clients, helping them obtain agreements through negotiation or litigation that are clear, enforceable and in the best interests of their children. While past results are not a guarantee of future results, our attorneys have achieved favorable outcomes in court on behalf of our clients.
Protecting Your Parental Rights
In Virginia, courts recognize legal and physical forms of custody. Legal custody encompasses a parent's right to make major decisions about the child(ren)'s health, education, religion and well-being. Physical custody refers to the division of custodial time between parents, which can be shared jointly or awarded to one parent.
The attorneys at our firm each have an in-depth understanding of the custody and visitation arrangements which work best for children, and those which our local courts are likely to adopt if asked to adjudicate the issue. We will help you work out custody and visitation arrangements that preserve the best interests of your children while protecting your rights as a parent.
Custody is always modifiable if there are changed circumstances, and our experience includes litigating custody modification cases. We also understand the benefit of negotiating custody arrangements in collaborative law or mediation, and we have experience representing clients in either.
Complex Custody Issues
We are intimately familiar with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (the UCCJEA), which covers interstate custody issues, helping clients understand their rights when relocating across state lines. We are also well versed in the provisions of the Hague Convention governing international child custody, including international child abduction.
Because of our experience handling military and federal government custody and family-related issues, we understand the unique statutes that protect the rights of military parents, including the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), which protects the interests of servicemembers who are currently deployed.
We will also address custody issues involving third parties, such as grandparents' rights and family-related adoptions.
Contact the Law Office of Lieblich & Grimes, P.C.
We offer a private consultation to every client. To set up an appointment with an experienced Northern Virginia child custody attorney, contact us online or call us at 703-683-6300 in Alexandria or 703-858-9470 in Leesburg.