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Portsmouth Child Custody Attorney

Looking Out for Your Child’s Best Interest

An experienced Portsmouth child custody lawyer can be your best advocate in asserting your right to quality time with your children. At Kozak, Davis & Renninger we focus on the best interests of children in custody and visitation matters. We are also dedicated to our clients who want to continue to be active in their children's lives.

Do not make your child an unfortunate casualty of your divorce. We can help resolve your situation in mediation or protect your rights and their best interests in court.

We have offices in Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Western Branch for your utmost convenience. To make an appointment, contact our main office at (757) 364-0923.

How Is Child Custody Determined in Virginia?

The court system will always seek an arrangement considered to be in the child’s best interests. There is no preferential treatment given to either the mother or the father.

Some of the factors that constitute the child’s best interests:

  • Each parent’s role in raising the child
  • The child’s current age and living situation
  • The child’s educational and medical needs
  • How each parent plans to financially support the child
  • How each parent will resolve any disputes that arise
  • If there a history of abuse or violence
  • If any parent has had problems with drugs or alcohol

The courts will also consider the child’s preferences. If the child can reasonably express his or her wishes, he or she can provide more detail on the nature of the relationship with each parent and his or her needs in particular.

Seeking a Custody Modification in VAFather walking with baby boy after determining custody

Although the courts may have issued a child custody order, that does not mean the matter is set in stone forever. Until the child becomes an adult, you can still revisit the matter. By Filing a Motion with the court to modify an existing child custody order, it is possible to modify the order, especially if your circumstances change and these changes have a direct impact on the child's life.

Standing By Your Side Through The Entire Legal Process

In the state of Virginia, mediation and parenting classes are required when determining child custody and visitation rights. As the state’s objective, we also believe that children should be shielded from a potentially bitter battle between the parents. Children should never be used as pawns to manipulate child custody agreements or child support payments. At our firm, the children’s best interests remain paramount.

Helping Clients with In-State & Interstate Custody & Visitation

At Kozak, Davis & Renninger our Portsmouth child custody lawyers help clients in various custody matters both interstate and within the boundaries of the Commonwealth. From sole physical custody to joint legal custody, we aggressively advocate for our clients. In some cases, we serve as a Guardian Ad Litem for children and assert their rights when parents cannot come to an agreement.

Seek the Help of a Skilled Portsmouth Family Lawyer

Our firm understands how frightening a child custody battle is for any parent. As a client of our firm, you can be sure that we will work zealously to protect your parental rights as well as your child’s best interests. Whether your case can be resolved through mediation or litigation, our experienced Portsmouth child custody attorneys are with you every step of the way.

Call Kozak, Davis & Renninger today at (757) 364-0923 to schedule an appointment.