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Child Custody & Parenting Plans, Divorce, Separation, & Annulment

Last updated on 06/27/2022 at 1:18 pm

NOTE:   A new law that goes into effect on June 10, 2022 may change how a Family Court judge in West Virginia decides parenting time in a custody case. We are working on updating our custody articles to provide more information about the new law. Please check back soon for this updated information or read this summary of the new law.  To learn how the new law applies to your situation, try to find more legal help.

What is child custody and who decides it?

What is the Family Court?

What is parenting time and how is it decided?

Who has the right to custody of a child?

Can a West Virginia family court judge decide my child custody dispute? If not, what should I do?

What will the judge do about child custody?

What is the Parenting Plan and why is it important?

While we're waiting for the Final Hearing, what do we do about child custody?

What forms does the Court require for custody and visitation?

Why is the Proposed Parenting Plan important?

What happens after we submit a Joint Proposed Parenting Plan?

What happens after we submit Individual Proposed Parenting Plans?

What does a Premediation Screener do?

What happens at mediation?

What if we can't agree at mediation?

What can I do if I don't like the decision the Family Court makes about custody and visitation?

How do I appeal the Family Court's decision to the Circuit Court?

How do I appeal the Family Court's decision to the Supreme Court?

What if I can't afford to pay for the appeal?

What can I do if my child's parent doesn't follow the Court's visitation plan?

How do I file a Contempt Petition?

What happens after I file the Contempt Petition?

Do grandparents have the right to visit their grandchildren?

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