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Our Virginia Child Custody Law Firm represents clients in all aspects of Family Law

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.

How Child Custody is Determined in Virginia

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:

  • The age and developmental needs of the child
  • The role each parent has played in the child’s development and will play in the future
  • The propensity of each parent to support the child’s contact with the other parent
  • The ability of each parent to provide a healthy, non-threatening environment for the child
  • The willingness of the parents to cooperate with each other and the court
  • The schedules of the parents and child (e.g. day care, school, extracurriculars, work, etc.)
  • The ability to provide ongoing contact between the child and each parent

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.

Get Legal Guidance on Your Child Custody Issues

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.




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    Virginia Divorce Attorney Matt Kurylo


    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.

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    Virginia Divorce Attorney Emily E. Gold


    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.

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    Virginia Divorce Attorney Sara S. Josey


    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.

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