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Child Custody - We Can Help!
Physical Custody, Legal Custody, Shared Custody

At Brian A. Thomasson, P.L.C., we are a law firm that cares about our clients and their problems.  Brian is a single father and has been on your side of the table.  What better person to represent you than someone who is been part of his own custody case.

Brian is uniquely qualified to help you.  He has been practicing law since 1997, is licensed in Virginia, Ohio and Washington, D.C.  He has been a certified Guardian ad Litem representing children in custody, visitation, divorce and abuse cases for over two decades.  Additionally, having been on "your side of the table" with two attorneys, a Guardian ad Litem and a judge deciding on how to parent his child it provides a unique perspective that most lawyers cannot relate to.

If you want to talk with an award winning custody and family law attorney who has been "in your shoes", give us a call at 757-454-2110 for a consultation with Brian!

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When it comes to handling your child custody matter, we have been helping people in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and throughout Virginia since the 90s.  While our primary office is in Chesapeake, VA, we are close to all of the courts and we frequently travel to them.  Through the use of technology, we are able to assist you in your child custody case as your lawyers where ever you may be located.  Whether it is the first time that child custody has been addressed, an amendment to the current custody Order, or part of a divorce, we can help.

For more information, feel free to visit our exclusive family law site for information on divorce, separation, child custody, child visitation, spousal support and child support at

Frequently Asked Questions

About Child Custody Law In Virginia

  • Do I have to Court to get custody?

    • In Virginia, a "parent", whether biological or adopted, stands on equal footing as the other parent.  So both have the same custody rights.  This can be a plus and a minus.​  It means that you do not have to go to Court because each of you has custody.  It also means that, without a custody Order, either parent can keep the other parent away from the child.

  • What is legal custody?

    • Legal custody is decision-making abilities.  When someone talks about legal custody of a child, that means the ability to be involved with and make decisions regarding education, medical treatment and religious training.  While this is an oversimplification, hopefully it answers the question.​

  • What is a physical custody?

    • Physical custody of a child is where he or she physically resides.  The phrase usually refers to where a child or children reside at least 50% of the time.

  • What is child custody or custody?

    • Child custody, often just called custody, refers to legal decisions and residency of a child.  It is composed of two parts - legal custody and physical custody.  One can have legal but not physical custody or both.​

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We are located at
1108 Madison Plaza, Suite 203
Chesapeake VA 23320

Do I Need To Hire An Attorney?

This is a question that we get frequently and, quite honestly, it is a loaded question.  If you ask a doctor or carpenter or plumber if you should hire a plumber then, honestly, the answer that you get will probably be "yes".

So here is my answer, we have gone to school, passed the Bar and practiced law for many years.  This is our job.  While we are sure that hundreds if not thousands of people represent themselves in Virginia and probably do a decent job, the reality is that we would like to think that we can do a better job.  So, in other words, if you believe that we can do your job just as well as you can do yours then please do not hire an attorney. 

Remember, we offer consultations with an attorney for your custody case.  All you- -have to do is send in our form, give us a call at 757-454-2110 or click the "text" button on our page.  We are located near Volvo and Battlefield just a few minutes from Interstate 64 in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Custody Family Law Blog Posts

We try to post about common questions or other issues that we encounter frequently.  Here are links to some of them that discuss child custody, visitation, divorce, and other family law matters.

Contested Divorce In Virginia

Divorce Lawyer - Types of Divorces

Do Both Parties Have To Sign Divorce Papers in Virginia

How To Start A Child Custody Case In Virginia

How Much Does A Divorce Lawyer Cost In VA?

Custody Lawyer Helping Children, Parents and Others

Dealing With Custody Matters Throughout Virginia

Custody is one of the toughest, if not the toughest, areas of the law.  Child custody cases turn a child's life, the ability of a parent to raise their child or children, over to a complete stranger - a judge.  Parents, children, parties to the case they still do not get to let the Judge inside of their worlds.  Judges are confined to the rules of evidence, the rules of procedure, case law, statutes and so much more that limit what a judge can hear to decide the case. This is where an experienced lawyer 

There is no such thing as a "simple custody case".  No parent should ever think that they have a guaranteed or easy matter before the Court.  Parents each think that they know what is best and they probably do.  Unfortunately, in Virginia while the parent has a voice in the eyes of the law it is the judge who makes the decision.

Your child's custody or the custody of any child should not be taken lightly.  Do not trust it to just any lawyer.  We are experienced, trial attorneys and we care about our clients as well as their concerns.  Call, message or fill out our Contact Form for a consultation with a lawyer about your case.

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