Q: If the father is absent for 9 years and wants visitation is he likely to get it no established relationship
He disappeared when she was 2 years old had nothing to do with her from the time she was born has jump from state to state and is now filing for visitation my daughter has never met this man before we tried going through a mediator and he follows nothing we agree to what are my options I would like sole custody
A: Every court and judge is different. They will look at a number of factors. I don't know what your custody situation is right now but custody and visitation are different. Someone can have sole custody and there can still be a visitation order in place. Generally Virginia law leans towards having both parents involved in a child's life but there are cases where that doesn't happen due to abandonment, etc. Good luck.
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