Charleston, WV asked in Family Law for Virginia

Q: In virginia if I have sole custody of a child do I have to go to court to change the previous order?

Want to have joint custody with father. Have sole custody of child. Father was to take classes hasnt but he has changed and would be in best interest for child to reside with father. Do we have to go to court to grant each other joint custody?

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1 Lawyer Answer

Tara Candela R.N., Esq.

Answered
  • Alexandria , VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: To have the order officially changed, yes. But unless there is something in the original order preventing your child from staying with his father, you could always test out your theory before making major changes. Seek a family law attorney out to evaluate the specifics of your case, and to give you the best guidance on how to go about addressing whatever change in circumstance has occurred before you do anything.

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