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Arlington County Child Custody Attorney | Elizabeth Tuomey

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One of the biggest points of contention in many divorces is the issue of child custody. As a parent, it's natural to want your children to live with you, and to have as much time as possible with them. Many people assume the mother is always awarded custody, however this is not the case. Who receives custody is determined by many factors, regardless of a parent's gender. As a skilled and compassionate Arlington child custody lawyer, Elizabeth Tuomey will fight vigorously on your behalf, and provide the legal guidance and support necessary throughout the process of determining custody.


Regardless of whether child custody is determined through mediation or inside the courtroom, it is vital to have an attorney who will advise you, answer your questions, and help eliminate as much of the stress as possible. In some cases, one parent feels the other is a detriment to the child or children; for instance, if a parent has drug or alcohol issues or is in some way unstable, it could put the children's safety or health in danger. Mediation is a recommended process, regardless of whether you ultimately go to trial. A family law judge will consider a number of factors before determining which parent will serve the best interests of the child or children.


Factors in Determining Child Custody in Arlington County


Both parents may be perfectly "fit" in terms of their concern and love for the children, however the judge in the case will determine what is in the "Best Interest of the Child," a statute in the Code of Virginia Section 20-124.3. Some of the factors considered in awarding child custody include:


  • The needs of the child/children
  • The ages and physical/mental condition of both children and parents
  • Relationship between each individual child and each parent
  • History of abuse or domestic violence in the family
  • What role each parent has played in raising and caring for the children, and what those roles will be in the future
  • How likely cooperation in matters concerning the children and supporting a relationship and contact with non-custodial parent will be by each parent
  • The age of the child and his/her intelligence and ability to understand the situation and express a reasonable preference


In some cases parents can resolve custody issues through mediation or negotiation; in others, it requires the aggressive support of an attorney who is thoroughly prepared and knowledgeable regarding this area of family law, and who has courtroom experience. Ultimately, you must feel confident in the ability of your Arlington child custody attorney to protect your interests if it becomes necessary to go to trial.


For exceptional legal guidance and support, vigorous representation, and answers to all of your questions contact Elizabeth Tuomey at 703-535-5577.