Child Custody and Child Support in Virginia

Compassionate attorney protecting your rights to raise your child
Child custody is the most important issue a parent faces during divorce. No parent should have to endure the devastation of losing precious time with a child or forfeiting essential parental rights because of an unjust custody or visitation decision. You need an attorney committed to protecting your rights to raise your child in a healthy, thriving environment.

Tara D. Hatcher Law Firm, PLC has 12 years of experience in child custody matters. We stand by your side on all issues of child custody and visitation, including:

  • Primary or joint custody arrangements
  • Visitation rights
  • Grandparent visitation
  • Modification of custody and visitation orders
  • Enforcement of orders
  • Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings
  • Decisions related to religion, education and upbringing of the child

Mediation: a tool for cooperation
Children are best served when parents maintain a cordial relationship. Through the structured process of mediation, parents can set aside enmity and agree on key points concerning their children. Mediation can be a highly effective tool, helping you preserve your children’s well-being and the stability of their lives during the turbulent process of divorce. The predictability of mediation reduces the stress of child custody conflicts and puts important child-rearing decisions in your hands, rather than in the hands of the court. We expertly guide negotiations towards a settlement that protects your child’s best interests and your parental rights.

By your side in litigation
Litigation may be necessary to protect your children’s best interests. If negotiations fail or the other parent is a danger to your child’s well-being, the courtroom provides an essential forum for establishing your parental rights. The uncertainty of litigation can add to the stress and upheaval of this time. With us by your side, you can feel confident that your children will be protected and your parental rights remain secure.

Skilled and dedicated Midlothian child support attorney 
Parents must consider not only how divorce affects them, but also how it affects their children — both emotionally and financially. At Tara D. Hatcher Law Firm, PLC in Midlothian, we have 12 years of experience in all family law matters. We help you obtain a fair and reasonable child support arrangement that allows you to raise your child in a safe and healthy environment.

We help parents:

  • Understand child support guidelines
  • Negotiate child support through mediation
  • Litigate child support issues
  • Enforce child support orders
  • Modify child support orders

Child support guidelines
Virginia law establishes general child support guidelines. Our attorneys can help you understand the basis and structure of these guidelines and how they apply to you. We can help you obtain support payments that best accommodate your financial circumstances and most appropriately provide for your child’s needs.

Child support settlements through mediation
Through the structured process of mediation, couples can put aside their differences and focus on the one objective where they tend to agree — their children’s well-being. Mediation presents a forum for creating fair child support plans that allow both parents to share in the financial obligations of raising their children. Our skilled negotiator can guide the process toward equitable solutions.

Litigation of child support
In some cases, litigation is necessary for your child to receive fair financial support from both parents. We methodically prepare for litigation to achieve the most equitable support arrangement for your child.

Enforcement of child support
If your spouse has fallen behind on child support payments, you may need assistance to collect the money that rightfully belongs to your child. At Tara D. Hatcher Law Firm, PLC, we guide you through the process of enforcing your child support order.

Modification of child support
Financial problems may put you in a different financial situation than when you and your spouse divorced. However, you must continue to pay child support until the court modifies your order. We can help you expeditiously process a modification of your child support order so that you and your former spouse more equitably share in the expenses of raising your child.

Contact a Midlothian child custody and support attorney you can trust.
Call Tara D. Hatcher Law Firm, PLC at 804-423-2503 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.