For many parents going through divorce, determining which parent will receive custody of the children or how custody will be shared is the most important and challenging aspect of the entire divorce process. And, even when parents of a child are not married, reaching a legal determination on child custody issues is extremely significant, as unmarried parents nevertheless have strongly-protected parental rights under the law. At Kurylo Gold & Josey, PLC, our experienced Virginia family law attorneys represent mothers and fathers in working towards fair and beneficial outcomes in child custody matters for them and their children.
In a custody determination, a Virginia family court will make decisions regarding both legal custody, which is the right to make important decisions on behalf of the child (e.g. health, education, travel, etc.), as well as physical custody which gives one or both parents the right and responsibility to provide physical and custodial care for the child.
Both legal custody and physical custody may be awarded to one parent through sole custody or both parents through joint custody. The decision to award sole or joint custody to one or both parents is based not on the desires of the parents but rather on the best interests of the child. Virginia does not presume that a mother or father is a better fit for custody based on gender, and instead will balance the following factors (among others) in determining whether the best interests favor custody with the father, mother, or joint custody:
Oftentimes, well-meaning parents who represent themselves in custody matters present information to opposing counsel to the court which actually damages their chances of winning their intended outcome, but our attorneys will work with you to fully examine your circumstances and present your best arguments to the court or to opposing counsel for your preferred custody arrangement.
At Kurylo Gold & Josey, PLC in Fredericksburg, we will guide through all of your questions regarding visitation, and help you work towards a favorable outcome in your family law matter. To schedule a consultation with one of our Virginia family law attorneys, contact Kurylo Gold & Josey, PLC at 540.642.1766.
Matt Kurylo began his legal career as a legal services specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1998, then as an attorney in Fredericksburg in 2007. He is the founding partner of Kurylo Gold & Josey. In addition to providing assistance to clients, Matt serves as the firm’s managing partner.
Emily Gold focuses on matters of criminal and traffic defense, as well as family law, including divorce and child issues such as custody and visitation. She grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and attended the University of Virginia and George Mason University School of Law.
Sara is a native of Kentucky but grew up primarily in Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating in three years summa cum laude, Sara attended Campbell Law School, in North Carolina. Sara practices primarily family law and estate planning matters.