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Berkeley County Child Custody Attorney

Berkeley County's Trusted Lawyer

Parent with custody of childThrough a divorce or legal separation, the children are often the parties that suffer most. Protect their rights through this life change by receiving legal counsel from a family law firm dedicated to helping you to achieve their best interests through all child custody negotiations. Our lawyers at Sutton & Janelle, PLLC can represent you and your children as you design a custody plan that provides for your children's needs

How Does the Court Determine Who Gets Custody?

To settle child custody battles, the court may review:

  • The wishes of the parent.
  • The wishes of the children.
  • Financial stability of each parent.
  • Proximity of each home to the children's school.
  • Health care needs of the children.
  • Physical safety or comfort of the homes in question.
  • History of physical abuse from either parent.

How Is Joint or Sole Custody Determined?

When entering into mediated divorce negotiations, you have the benefit of negotiating for yourself the child custody arrangements that are pleasing to all parties involved. In many of these separations, both spouses are willing to amiably conduct themselves through a set of conversations that divide property, establish spousal support payments, and address any child custody arrangements.

If only one parent is interested in having custody of the children, the other parent may request a visitation arrangement that allows for a continued relationship. Parents who wish to share joint custody of the children can establish rules and expectations to protect both the interests of the children, and the rights of each parent.

Get Legal Support from Our Team

Mediation, especially as it pertains to child custody arrangements, is often the recommended strategy for divorce cases. Children are spared the impact of court appearances, and parents are able to better maintain control over the future of their family. Our experienced attorneys are skilled representatives both in court and through mediation.

Request a consultation at our Martinsburg office today by calling (304) 867-0049.

Your Experience Matters

Our Current & Past Clients Share Their Experience
  • “ Divorce and custody battles are never easy but Chris Janelle and his legal assistant Len kept me informed.”

    John H.

  • “He’s knowledgeable and tried to understand my situation well.”

    Catherine

  • “Frank is a total professional. If I need a lawyer in the future I will be using Sutton & Janelle.”

    Timothy W.

  • “No matter what changes there have been in our lives or in business (and there have been numerous!), all we need do is pick up the phone.”

    Renee A.

  • “Very Knowledgeable!”

    Luke C.

  • “Mark is the best attorney.”

    Barbara S.

  • “Mr. Sutton worked diligently to resolve my case and obtain the most favorable outcome I could expect.”

    Former Client

  • “Chris was truly my advocate. He listens, asks good questions to understand the situation, and went the extra mile in helping me through a difficult situation.”

    Micah W.

  • “Would recommend to friends and family.”

    Jeremiah S.

  • “In two separate cases, Mark well exceeded my hopes in one and met them in another.”

    James

  • “Thank you, Mark, you are certainly an asset!”

    Former Client

  • “Charges dismissed”

    Mjohnson

  • “Love Chris and his staff! Very welcoming, helpful and friendly!”

    Bree

  • “Your choice of counsel is one of the most important decisions that you face when establishing your defense.”

    Former Client

  • “Bradley Wright is a great lawyer”

    April B.

What makes Sutton & Janelle, PLLC stand apart from all the rest?

  • 70+ Years Of Collective Legal Experience

    With our extensive experience and proven track record of success, you can be confident in our ability to successfully resolve your complex legal matter next. We have a complete understanding of the laws pertaining to your case and will fight tirelessly in order to exceed your expectations.

  • Personalized Attention Offered To Each Client

    When you enlist our supportive assistance, you will receive the one-on-one attention and individualized support that you deserve. We will not treat you as just another case number. We will not hand your case off to a paralegal. Our attorneys will personally handle each aspect of your case.

  • Boutique Firm Obtaining Large Firm Results

    We will prioritize your satisfaction every step of the way. We genuinely care about your success and will devote our time and energy to your case. We will inform you of your rights and help you make informed decisions. With our legal team in your corner, you may obtain the upper hand in court.

  • You Are Not Just A Case Number To Us

    We will treat you with the care, compassion, and respect that you deserve. We will work to understand your goals on a personal level so that we are better able to achieve them. Your success is our main priority. Let us serve as your zealous and trusted legal advocates.

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