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Grandparent’s Rights Attorneys In Fairfax

Understanding Custody & Visitation For Grandparents In Northern Virginia

Grandparent with his grandchildrenAs 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 help you understand grandparent rights in VA.

If you're seeking grandparent's rights in Virginia contact us now and schedule a consultation with a Fairfax grandparent's rights lawyer today.

Do Grandparents Have Custody Rights in Virginia?

Virginia allows for any person with a legitimate interest in the child’s upbringing the ability to apply for custody or visitation. Because of this, grandparents can petition for visitation rights. Grandparents can seek full custody if both parents are unable to care for a child.

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 contacting us online or 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 & internationally.

  • Located close to the Fairfax County Courthouse.

  • We have over 30 years of legal experience.

  • 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.

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

    “Mike Murphy and his team helped me negotiate a very favorable divorce settlement. Their advice and counsel allowed me to keep 100% of my military pension, sole ownership of my two homes, and helped reduce my spousal support payments from seven years to five. I never dreamed a settlement this favorable was possible, but Mike and his team made it a reality.”

    Former Client

  • 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.”

  • Your validation has pulled his life out of quicksand.

    “You've given him hope and thoughts of a productive future. He has reason to persevere.”


  • 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.”

  • 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.”


  • 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.”


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

    “Divorce is difficult and mine was probably more difficult than most since it involved false allegations by my ex-wife of domestic violence and child abuse. Mike Murphy successfully defended me in the military law courts and shepherded me through the civilian divorce process. He exposed my ex-wife's lies and saved my daughter from a life of manipulation by her mother. My daughter lives safely at home with me now. This is only possible thanks to Mike Murphy and his staff and I'm eternally thankful.”

    Former Client

  • 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.”


  • Retaining the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC was one of the best decisions I could have ever made!

    “Retaining the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC was one of the best decisions I could have ever made! Although it's business, you quickly grow to become family. The Team – Mr. Murphy, Ms. Goding and Ms. Williams, worked my case vigorously to ensure the best possible outcome for me and my children and achieved victory! As a then Active Duty Service Member and now Retiree - giving up was never an option! I have full custody of my children with the Team remaining ever vigilant and ready for the fight. Signed – A Grateful Father!”

    Former Client