Settling Juvenile Matters for Your Family

While divorces and legal separations are emotionally draining and exhausting situations, the worst part of these shattering family law cases include child custody battles and other juvenile matters. If your relationship involving minor children is ending, let our legal team stand by your side in Chesapeake, Virginia. Jennifer Peterson has handled hundreds of cases like yours, and together, they will find a resolution that works for all involved, while keeping what is best for your child or children in mind.

On Your Side for Custody Matters

Child custody cases are some of the most complicated matters, as they often lead to conflicts between parents. In many cases, the custodial parent tries to alienate their child or children from the other parent, while others exclude the other parent from their children entirely.

Unfortunately, these legal issues rarely have clean, simple answers or solutions. At our firm, our compassionate child custody lawyer understands just how complex and draining these legal battles are for all involved. Using our extensive knowledge, we will work with you, your estranged spouse, and his or her attorney to find a satisfactory resolution.

Your Guardian Ad Litem

In many custody cases, a judge may appoint a guardian ad litem, who conducts interviews, visits your home, and observes your day-to-day life. If this happens with your case, our team is here to help advise you on the proper way to proceed.

Protecting 3rd party Rights

Situations arise, such as divorces, addictions to alcohol and drugs, and incarcerations, which cause a family unit to dissipate. When these issues arise, parents and children are not the only ones affected. Grandparents and other relatives have legal rights, and they may be able to seek sole custody or visitation rights. Unfortunately, the rights of a grandparent are not considered constitutional by nature. In fact, they have only been recognized by the state legislature in recent years.

While laws regarding grandparents’ rights vary from state to state, the family custody lawyer from our firm is knowledgeable about all current Virginia laws. We work to help you understand your own basic rights. Just because the relationship between your grandchild’s parents has ended does not mean that your relationship with your grandchild has to end. In some cases, grandparents, step-parent, aunts, uncles, siblings and other relatives related by blood or marriage  may be awarded court-mandated visitation or sole custody of a child. We fight on your behalf to help protect your rights as a grandparent or relative.

Contact our team today to speak with us about custody agreements and other juvenile matters. We are available to assist clients throughout Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk and Portsmouth, Virginia.