At Tesler and Werblood, we have over 35 years of experience practicing law in Fairfax County. In the area of family law, we provide advice and representation for matters concerning divorce, annulment, child custody, adoption, guardianship, and domestic violence. Call us today for more information about how we can help you in this area.
We can help you navigate Virginia’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts system when pursuing child custody, visitation, and child support issues. Parents can be granted the following types of custody: joint legal custody, in which both parents are responsible for the child; joint physical custody, in which parents share physical custody and care of the child by alternating weeks or months; and sole custody, in which one parent has physical custody and the authority to make day-to-day decisions about the child. In the case of sole custody, the non-custodial parent may seek visitation. Consulting a family law attorney and child support lawyer is the best way to ensure that the process is straightforward and smooth.
At Tesler and Werblood, we can help you navigate Virginia’s laws regulating the adoption process. In order to adopt in Virginia, prospective parents must complete a six-month home residency period. If the child is 14 or older, the consent of the child must be obtained. If using an agency, the adoptive parents must petition the court, and obtain consent from the agency in order to finalize the adoption.
Virginia law provides certain protections for those who are alleged to be a victim of any act involving violence, force, or threat, including domestic violence. We can apply for a protective order on your behalf to protect you and others in your home. We can petition the court for changes to child custody agreements based on the occurrence of violence, and provide advice and guidance on ways to protect yourself, including a legal substitute address that can be used in place of your physical address. As a family law attorney, we are dedicated to ensuring our clients stay safe.
Whether you are navigating the child support, child custody, adoption, or protective order process, you can trust our family law attorneys to guide you step by step.