Looking For A Child Custody Lawyer in Woodbridge, VA?

Get ready for your custody hearing

Your life might feel out of control during the course of your divorce proceedings, but imagine how it must feel for your child. All you want is for your child to have a safe, stable, and happy home when the divorce is final. The Law Office of Alan K. Arden can help. Attorney Arden is a child custody lawyer in Woodbridge, VA who can handle your custody case.

Factors that will determine a custody decision

Factors that will determine a custody decision

Contest child custody cases are generally very stressful and complicated, so it's important to be prepared. During the custody hearing, the court will hear evidence to determine the best interests of the child, and it is required by Virginia law to take into consideration the best interest factors set out in the Code of Virginnia. These factors are:


  • The age of physical and mental condition of the child, giving due consideration to the child's changing developmental needs;
  • The age and physical and mental condition of each parent; 
  • The relationship existing between each parent and each child, giving due consideration to the positive involvement with the child's life, the ability to accurately asses and meet the emotional, intellectual and physical needs of the child; 
  • The needs of the child, giving due consideration to other important relationships of the child, including but not limited to siblings, peers and extended family members; 
  • The role that each parent has played and will play in the future, in the upbringing and care of the child;
  • The propensity of each parent to actively support the child's contact and relationship with the other parent, including whether a parent has unreasonably denied the other parent access to or visitation with the child;
  • The relative willingness and demonstrated ability of each parent to maintain a close and continuing relationship with the child, and the ability of each parent to cooperate in and resolve disputes regarding matters affecting the child;
  • The reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child to be of reasonable intelligence, understanding, age and experience to express such a preference;
  • Any history of family abuse.
  • Such other factors as the court deems necessary and proper to the determination.

This is an extensive list of factors  which must be thoroughly developed by careful investigation, discovery, and trial skills in  examination and cross-examination of witnesses, presentation of  demonstrative evidence, and legal argument to the court.  With decades of experience as a child custody lawyer, Attorney Arden will help you protect your parental rights and navigate this difficult process. Call his office in Woodbridge, VA now to get started.