Ashland, VA asked in Child Custody for Virginia

Q: How to go about getting joint custody of my daughter in Fl. I live in VA.

My daughter's mother took my daughter and moved to various locations until settling down in Florida. I live in Virginia. I have not seen my daughter, since she was less than a year old. How can I go about establishing joint custody / visitations of my daughter? What do I need and how may that work in my favor. I have a career in the mental health field. Income, my own home and stability to be able to take care of my daughter. She is currently 6 years old. The mother has gone back and forth with deciding whether to allow me my rights to have joint custody/visitations with my daughter.

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Sharon R. Moss
Sharon R. Moss
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Manassas, VA

A: It would depend on which court has jurisdiction to make the custody and visitation determination. Is there a current order in place for custody? If so, then you have to go to that court to start.

If not, how long has your daughter bene in Florida? If more than 6 months then that will be her home state for purposes of custody and visitation and you would need to speak to an attorney in Florida to determine what the process would be.

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