About Cambridge Lestienne

Cambridge Lestienne is an associate attorney at Livesay & Myers, P.C., practicing exclusively family law. She works in the firm’s offices in Fairfax and Fredericksburg, and represents client all across Fairfax County and the Fredericksburg-Stafford area.

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Options for Appealing a Virginia Custody and Visitation Order

Posted on March 4th, 2019, by Cambridge Lestienne in Custody, Family Law. No Comments

Custody disputes can be very contentious and it is often the case that at least one of the parents is dissatisfied with the court’s decision once all is said and done. However, the dissatisfied party can take some solace in knowing there is additional recourse available to them. That recourse is to appeal the decision of the court that entered the custody and visitation order to a higher court. The process for appealing a custody and visitation order in Virginia differs based on whether the order was entered by a juvenile and domestic relations court (“J&DR court”) or circuit court.

Appealing a J&DR Court Custody and Visitation Order

In the event your custody and visitation order was entered by a Virginia J&DR court, you have the automatic right and option to appeal the order to circuit court. See Virginia Code § 16.1-296(A). The right to … Read More »


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