Posted on June 10, 2013 in Child Custody
Some of the most contentious matters in many divorce proceedings revolve around child custody arrangements. Even in the most amicable of divorces, the children can often end up being treated as pawns or objects in a tug-of-war between parents.
Common child custody issues
Some of the most common issues that arise during child custody hearings are:
- Geographical issues – If one parent decides to move to another state or country, friction can ensue, as visitation for the parent who does not have primary custody might be difficult if not impossible.
- Questions regarding fitness – Your former spouse might claim you are an unfit parent to deprive you of custody.
- Problems with visitation rights – Your former spouse might try to make your visitation difficult or impossible by making extra demands on you or trying to poison your relationship with your children.
- Questions of jurisdiction – Some parents try to regain custody by filing a claim in a different state than the one in which their child currently resides. Such claims must follow federal rules and are difficult to pursue.
- Threats to withhold visitation/child support – Parents sometimes threaten to withhold visitation rights in order to force their former spouse to pay child support, or threaten to withhold child support payments as leverage for increased visitation. Generally, both tactics are illegal and your attorney can help you fight such blackmail.
Many divorces are resolved amicably. However, child custody problems can and do arise on a regular basis. It is important to work with a good family law attorney to represent your interests and fight for your rights, if necessary.
An attorney who will fight for your parental rights
The law firm of Whitbeck, Cisneros McElroy, P.C. is dedicated to fighting for your parental rights. Just because you are divorced or getting divorced doesn’t mean you stop loving your children. It doesn’t mean that you stop being a parent and it doesn’t mean that your parental rights should be curtailed. Our firm will fight for your rights as a parent. Call us today at (703) 777-1795 to make an appointment.
Whitbeck, Cisneros McElroy, P.C.
106 Harrison Street SE, Suite 300
Leesburg, VA 20175