Child Custody

Child Custody Laws

Child Custody

Our children are precious to us. When a child custody dispute occurs, our ability to be constantly and consistently in their lives can become an issue. Every parent wants to do everything possible to make sure that they are able to spend time with your children and play a vital role in their care and upbringing. Our experienced attorneys in Virginia and Maryland can help you safeguard your parent-child relationship.

Frequently, when couples separate or divorcechild custody is one of the most contested issues in family law. Our Maryland/Virginia lawyers at the Law Offices Of SRIS, P.C. regularly go to court to help protect a parent’s relationship with their child. Our attorneys represent married and unmarried parents, stepparents, grandparents and other third parties in Virginia and Maryland, especially in Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, Alexandria, Montgomery County and Howard County in MD). We help our clients with all aspects of child custody and visitation. More often than not, issues of custody and visitation are intermingled with divorce or paternity actions. Our Maryland/Virginia attorneys provide comprehensive representation in these cases.

Child Custody


Custody — Joint Legal vs. Sole Legal and primary physical vs. shared physical: In Virginia and Maryland, there are two main issues in a child custody caseLegal custody is the right to make decisions for your children. Physical custody covers which parent your child will be with and when.

Parenting time: Most clients when they come to us think of that primary physical custody is the norm in Virginia and Maryland, and that visitation is usually going to that one parent is going to be the children most of the time and the other parent is only going to be able to see the children on alternating weekends and holidays. This is not true. There is no such thing as this is how it is always. We frequently help our clients prove that there is no “normal” and that various time-sharing arrangements are possible in Virginia & Maryland. When you hire our Maryland/Virginia attorneys who help clients with child custody cases in Virginia and Maryland, we recognize that our job is to help you come up with a parenting schedule that is feasible based on your situation and in the best interests of your children. Our Maryland/Virginia lawyers recognize that  child custody can be a fluid environment, and we assist our clients with post-divorce modifications to parenting plans.

Parent relocation (Moving out of State): Relocation cases are incredibly common in northern Virginia and Maryland. When either parent is facing a potential relocation out of state, the stakes are high and often emotional. These issues frequently occur after a divorce.

Both the VA and Maryland courts, even within the same courthouse do not always make consistent rulings. That is why it is essential that you get the right legal advice early on when one parent is planning on moving out of state.

At the Law Offices of SRIS, P.C. we take our job seriously and recognize that it is important that we do our best to help you reach a negotiated resolution of issues in VA & MD without court involvement. However, if we are not able to help you obtain a negotiated settlement, then you can bet we not only have the knowledge and skills to help you litigate your case at both trial and appellate levels, we also have the willingness to go to battle for you.

Speak to one of our MD/VA child custody lawyers today