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Understanding Custody & Visitation For Grandparents In Northern Virginia

As a grandparent, you want to see the best for your grandchildren, and it can be hard when the parents do not allow visitation. In Virginia, grandparents can often apply for visitation with grandchildren. These petitions can help protect the interests of the child and safeguard the rights of grandparents and their involvement with their grandchildren.

At the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC, we understand that filing petitions with the courts can seem overwhelming, but with the help of our firm, you may be able to see a swift and favorable outcome to your case. Our founding attorney has over 30 years of experience in handling family law cases, and he will take the time to get to know you and understand your situation.

If you are a grandparent seeking custody or visitation, call (703) 343-9539 and schedule a consultation with a Fairfax family lawyer today.

How To Obtain Visitation & Custody

Virginia allows for any person with a legitimate interest in the child’s upbringing the ability to apply for custodial arrangements or visitation. Because of this law, grandparents, relatives, step-grandparents, and family members could all potentially petition to visit a child. When it comes to custody of a grandchild, grandparents can seek full custody if both parents are unable to care for a child, such is the case with death, illness, or incapacity.

There are a few factors that a family law judge will take into consideration when determining if visitation or custody is appropriate for grandparents, including:

  • The child’s well being
  • How involved the grandparents were or are in the child’s life
  • The historical relationship with the grandparent and the parents
  • The parent’s involvement
  • Domestic violence circumstances

In some cases, visitation and custody may not necessarily suffice, and close-relative adoption may be available. Each petition will be determined on a case-by-case basis, and having an experienced Fairfax grandparents’ rights lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC on your side could significantly help your situation.

Protect Your Rights & Your Family With The Law Offices Of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC

It can be difficult to know that your involvement with your grandchildren is strained because of the relationship between the parents, but working with an attorney could help. Our firm will keep you informed throughout the course of the case, and represent you both in and out of court. We regularly serve clients throughout Prince William, Loudoun, Arlington, and Stafford Counties and the City of Alexandria in Northern Virginia.

For more information on how an attorney could benefit you, schedule a consultation by calling us directly at (703) 343-9539.

Why Hire Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC?

  • Our Attorney is a former U. S. Army officer.

  • Our firm is award winning & top rated.

  • We serve clients domestically & nationwide.

  • Located close to the Fairfax County Courthouse.

  • We have over 30 years of legal experience.

  • He understands the lives and needs of service members and their families and I would say he is one of the best

    “I came to Mike under these circumstances and can definitively say that he is exactly the kind of confident, competent and aggressive family law attorney you need in a crisis.”


  • Thank you so much for all your hard work and for being there to support our emotional needs.

    “I am very impressed with the professionalism your firm displayed. ”


  • It is not only the legal work - but the feeling of protection, understanding, and caring that sets you apart.

    “I thank you both for bolstering me up and looking out for me when I needed it most.”


  • I want to thank you for your wise counsel and words of encouragement over the last 18 months.

    “It was an ordeal for me, but your assistance undoubtedly made it easier. ”


  • As a former army ranger, he has a profound understanding of the nuances in military lifestyle and legal considerations and that understanding was of great benefit to me at every juncture.

    “I highly recommend Michael Murphy and his team to anyone who requires any service in family law, but particularly to military members who have any family law concern.”

    Cory L.

  • Thank you so much for all your time, devotion, and care throughout this critical time.

    “I hope we can stay in touch throughout the years.”


  • Michael and his staff made this process very easy for me. The entire staff was amazing throughout the process.

    “Any time I had question it was immediately answered.”

  • I never dreamed a settlement this favorable was possible, but Mike and his team made it a reality.

    “Mike Murphy and his team helped me negotiate a very favorable divorce settlement.”


  • I was blessed to have you and your team to represent me, it was worth every penny!

    “You all showed that you had my needs and desires at the forefront. ”


  • When I think of Mr. Michael K. Murphy words like top-tier, superlative, exemplary, first-class, and second to none immediately come to mind.

    “I could not have made a better decision in choosing him to represent me.”