Custody and Visitation

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Due to of the complexity and emotional nature of child custody and support cases, it is crucial to have experienced legal representation. DiPietro Family Law Group is a leading child custody law firm serving Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland, including Montgomery County, Frederick County, Howard County, and Prince George’s County.  Below are some common questions that come up during custody and visitation matters.

  • What if the child's best interest does not coincide with the parents personal desires?

  • What determines how much child support I have to pay in Virginia?

  • What is child support?

  • When parents are not divorced yet, can one parent move with the children out of Virginia?

  • Who can seek a child support modification in Virginia?

  • Can step parents be awarded custody?

  • Are there any guidelines in Virginia for alimony like those judges use in child support cases?

  • At what age can my children decide where they want to live?

  • At what age is support terminated in Virginia for a handicapped child who cannot gain employment?

  • Can child support be retroactively modified in Virginia?

  • Can child support be reduced in Virginia if i remarry and have more children with my new wife?

  • Can my child's father be ordered to pay for my childs college education in Virginia?

  • How does spousal support affect the calculation of child support in Virginia?

  • Do I pay my spouse directly for child support in Virginia?

  • Can a Virginia court order a mental health examination of the parents when determining custody?

  • How does spousal support affect the calculation of child support in Virginia?

  • If the other parent will not allow me to see my children, do I have to pay support in Virginia?

  • What qualifies as a material change of circumstances in a Virginia child custody case?

  • What if I need child support while the divorce is still in process in Virginia?

  • What is a material change in circumstances?

  • Are my Facebook records relevant in my custody and visitation case?

  • What is the difference between joint and sole legal custody?

  • Are there juries in Virginia child custody cases?

  • Can expert witnesses be used in custody battles?

  • Can custody rights be modified in Virginia?

  • What happens if the non-custodial parent refuses to return the child to the parent with custody?

  • Can grandparents be awarded custody of their grandchildren in Virginia?

  • Does an extramarital affair have an impact on child custody in Virginia?

  • Can visitation in Virginia be denied to a non custodial parent?

  • Does the court use the Hague Convention to determine custody?

  • What are some common arrangements for child visitation in Virginia?

  • What is child custody?

  • Do the wishes of a child have any influence in custody decisions in Virginia?

  • Does my spouse automatically get custody of my children if I am on deployment?

  • Does custody always go to just one parent in Virginia?

  • I am a non-custodial parent but my child lives with me now. Can I change the child support order?

  • We are not married. Can the collaborative divorce process be helpful to us?

  • What factors go into determining custody and visitation in Virginia?

  • What does reasonable visitation mean?

  • What are some common terms that I should know in child custody cases?

  • What happens in Virginia when visitation rights are frustrated?

  • What is supervised visitation in Virginia?

  • What happens to my children if I am deployed?

  • How is custody and parenting time in Virginia effected by my military service?

  • Are Virginia courts more likely to award custody to mothers than to fathers?

  • Can a Virginia court order a mental health examination of the parents when determining custody?

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