The most important question to every client in a child custody dispute is “how do I win my child custody case?” The answer may surprise you. It is, support the relationship of your child with the other parent.
In every child custody case, the judge must determine what custody arrangement is in the child’s best interest. To make that determination the judge must apply the facts before them to the factors contained in Virginia Code § 20-124.3. One of the most important factors from Virginia Code § 20-124.3 is:
“The propensity of each parent to actively support the child’s contact and relationship with the other parent, including whether a parent has unreasonably denied the other parent access to or visitation with the child.”
It seems completely counterintuitive, but the law in Virginia expects both parents to actively support the relationship of the child with the other parent. This does not mean not getting in the way of the relationship, it means to actively take affirmative steps to promote the relationship. One of the easiest ways to lose a child custody case is to have the evidence show that one parent took actions to damage the child’s relationship with the other parent for no other reason than hostility between the parents.
In order to win your child custody case, you need an attorney who is experienced and able to demonstrate when you have actively supported the relationship between your child and the other parent. This is especially effective when the other party continues to take actions inconsistent with the best interests of your child. The lawyers at Bush & Taylor can make that difference on your behalf. Contact us to discuss your case.
See what the Virginia Code says: