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Buchbauer & McGuire, PC

110 North Braddock Street
Winchester, VA 22601-3914

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(540) 722-2300

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(540) 722-3174

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Buchbauer and McGuire: 110 North Braddock Street, Winchester, VA 22601-3914

Child Visitation

As one of the Judges in our judicial district is fond of saying, visitation is all about dividing the time a child spends in two homes.  Virginia law sets forth specific factors the Court must consider in determining what visitation schedule is in a child’s best interests.  The factors include who has been the child’s primary caretaker in the past, who is best able to assess and meet the child’s needs, the age, physical and mental condition of the parents and the child, the propensity of each parent to support the child’s relationship with the other parent, and the preference of the child (if the child is of sufficient age and maturity to express a preference). The Court must consider each statutory factor, with no single factor being determinative. 

As a practical matter, the work schedule of each parent and the school and extracurricular activities of the child are important matters for the parties to consider in crafting a regular schedule of visitation.  The parties also should attempt to define holiday and summer vacation schedules in order to provide predictability for the children, as well as quality time with each parent.