Laura Dove has exclusively practiced family law for 10 years. She has extensive... more
Laura Dove has exclusively practiced family law for 10 years. She has extensive experience managing cases involving complex assets, high-wealth estates and the valuation of closely held businesses, partnerships, and professional entities. She has handled a diverse range of family law matters, including cases involving international and inter-state divorces and custody disputes, and she has co... view profile
Philip R. Yabut, Esq., is licensed to practice law in Virginia and the District of... more
Philip R. Yabut, Esq., is licensed to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He earned a B.A. (1995) from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and his J.D. (2000) from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, where he competed in moot court and client counseling competitions. He has worked at Legal Services of Northern Virginia in Alexandria... view profile
If you are getting divorced and have children, part of the divorce agreement will involve determining where and with whom the children will live. A child custody lawyer can help you negotiate custody, either by agreement or in court. The custodial parent (the one the child lives with) earns the legal right to make decisions regarding the child's lifestyle, welfare, and education. Some parents opt for joint custody, which means children divide their time between both parents' homes, and parents share the right to make decisions on behalf of the children. If you as parents are unable to agree on child custody, a judge will decide for you.
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