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Child Custody & Visitation Attorneys In Fairfax

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Any divorce can be difficult, but the challenges a family faces can increase exponentially when children are involved in the process. Child custody and visitation are often some of the biggest concerns that divorcing spouses face, and these can lead to stress and questions about your family’s future. At the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC, we are proud to offer quality, experienced family law representation to help our clients overcome their child custody and visitation concerns. We get to know each household and take the time to create a personalized approach to their case, which can help benefit each member of the family.

When concerns about your child's future arise, call trusted Fairfax child custody lawyers today at (703) 343-9539 and schedule a consultation with our firm.

Understanding Custody & Visitation Schedules

If decided by a judge rather than the agreement of the parents, the judge will take into consideration certain statutory factors regarding your family’s dynamic when determining how custody will be awarded. Considerations for custody may include the child’s wishes, the parent’s ability to provide for the child, proximity to the child’s school, steadiness of jobs and income, and the child or parent’s health, among other factors.

The types of custody allowable in Virginia are:

  • Sole legal custody: One parent is allowed to have all legal authority over the child. This includes medical, religious, extracurricular, and educational decisions among others.
  • Joint (or “shared”) legal custody: Both parents will have a say in determining how the child is raised. The child may live with one parent full-time, but both parents will have a responsibility in the raising of the child until the child is no longer a minor.
  • Primary physical custody to one parent, secondary parenting time to the other parent: In these cases, a child will reside primarily with one parent while the other parent will have parenting time (sometimes called “visitation”), often on weekends and evenings during the week, and a period of visitation during holidays and summers.
  • Joint (or “shared”) physical custody: Similar to joint legal custody, joint physical custody allows both parents to have a responsibility in the raising of the child with time split equally between the two parents. These schedules are often where the child alternates living with his/her parents on a week-on, week-off basis.

Once custody has been determined, visitation schedules can be established. Visitation is often determined by the custody decree but can be changed based on summer break schedules, holiday schedules, and the child’s preferences. In most cases, both parents are encouraged to have shared time and responsibility in raising the child.

How Our Fairfax Child Custody & Visitation Lawyers Can Help

When it comes to understanding child custody laws and Virginia’s visitation requirements, you may feel overwhelmed. So many factors can be taken into consideration when establishing a finalized schedule and you should always have an experienced Fairfax child custody lawyer on your side. At the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC we offer trusted representation to our clients. We can help you establish custody and visitations and offer modifications for finalized agreements.

For more information on how the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC may be able to help you, call us at (703) 343-9539 and schedule a consultation. We serve clients in Prince William, Loudoun, Arlington, and Stafford Counties and the City of Alexandria in Northern Virginia.

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 & internationally.

  • Located close to the Fairfax County Courthouse.

  • We have over 30 years of legal experience.

  • 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.”

  • 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 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. ”


  • 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.”


  • 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.

  • Without his guidance and representation I am confident that I would be lost and without my children.

    “I could not be more grateful to Mike for what he has done for me and my family.”


  • I found Mr. Murphy's staff so welcoming and helpful through this entire process that it made an extremely stressful time a little less difficult.

    “He assisted me in drafting a Marital Separation Agreement that my (now) ex husband and I were able to come to agreement in signing, just over a month after we initiated the process. ”


  • I will forever be thankful as does my family, for all the hard work he put into this case.

    “You have honestly changed my life for the better.”


  • There is probably only a handful of attorney's of his experience and caliber.

    “His practice is almost fully electronic, which keeps costs down and enables him to help military families even stationed overseas.”


  • Mike Murphy successfully defended me in the military law courts and shepherded me through the civilian divorce process.

    “This is only possible thanks to Mike Murphy and his staff and I'm eternally thankful.”