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We Can Guide You Through Child Custody Matters

At the Law Office of Stephen P. New, we understand that even amicable custody cases can be difficult emotionally. Your family is splitting up and that likely means less time with your children.

As you work through child custody and parenting time (visitation), you need a lawyer on your side to help you understand your rights. Our family law attorneys are here to answer your questions and help you reach a custody agreement with the other parent.

If you can’t agree on custody, the court may have you try mediation. We can represent you at mediation sessions. Ideally, parents are able to reach a custody agreement without the case going to trial. In those situations, a judge, who knows little about the family, makes the final decision.

What Does The Court Look For?

Custody is determined by what is in the best interest of the child. In West Virginia, the court will review things such as:

  • The needs of the child
  • The ability of each parent to care for the child
  • Whether the arrangement will keep some stability in the child’s life
  • The parenting arrangement in the 12 months prior to the separation

Additionally, children ages 14 and older may specify which parent they wish to live with.


In most cases, when parents come up with a custody and parenting time agreement that works for their family, the judge will approve it as long as it meets the best interests of the child.

Free Consultation To Discuss Your Custody Needs

Please use our online form or call us in Beckley at 304-362-7345 or toll free at 800-208-9169.

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