Child Custody & Support
Compassionate attorneys protecting your rights to raise your child
Child custody is the most important issue that a parent faces during divorce. No parent should have to endure the devastation of losing precious time with a child or of forfeiting essential parental rights because of an unjust custody or visitation decision. You need an attorney committed to protecting your rights to raise your child in a healthy, thriving environment.
Attorney Jennifer M. Simmons has over 20 years of experience. She stands by your side on all issues of child custody and visitation, including:
- Primary or joint custody arrangements
- Visitation rights
- Grandparent visitation
- Modification of custody and visitation orders
- Enforcement of orders
Mediation: a tool for cooperation
Children are best served when parents maintain a cordial relationship. Through the structured process of mediation, parents can set aside enmity and agree on key points concerning their children. Mediation can be a highly effective tool, helping you preserve your children’s well-being and the stability of their lives during the turbulent process of divorce. The predictability of mediation reduces the stress of child custody conflicts, and it puts important child-rearing decisions in your hands, rather than in the hands of the court. Our attorneys expertly guide negotiations toward a settlement that protects your children’s best interests and your parental rights.
By your side in litigation
Litigation may be necessary to protect your children’s best interests. If negotiations fail or if the other parent is a danger to your child’s well-being, the courtroom provides an essential forum for establishing your parental rights. The uncertainty of litigation can add to the stress and upheaval of this time. With our attorneys by your side, you can feel confident that your children will be protected and that your parental rights remain secure.
Child support guidelines
Virginia law establishes general child support guidelines. Our attorneys can help you understand the basis and structure of these guidelines and how they apply to you. We can help you obtain support payments that best accommodate your financial circumstances and most appropriately provide for your child’s needs.
Enforcement of child support
If your spouse has fallen behind on child support payments, you may need assistance to collect the money that rightfully belongs to your child. Our attorneys guide you through the process of enforcing your child support order.
Modification of child support
Financial problems may put you in a different financial situation than when you and your spouse divorced. However, you must continue to pay child support until the court modifies your order. Our attorneys can help you expeditiously process a modification of your child support order so that you and your former spouse more equitably share in the expenses of raising your child.
Contact the attorneys at Simmons and Hodge, PLC today
Call our office at 540-710-7800, or contact us online.