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How Does the Court Determine Who Gets Custody in West Virginia?

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.

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.

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. Contact us today!

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 Martinsburg 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.

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