Not every custody or visitation case strictly involves the parents of the child concerned. In fact, the Virginia Code allows a person with a “legitimate interest” to pursue custody or visitation, including grandparents, stepparents, former stepparents, blood relatives and family members. Loudoun grandparent visitation cases are often emotionally charged cases. Sometimes a grandparent is being denied visitation and a close family relationship is being destroyed to the detriment of a child. At other times, a non-parent, third-party is trying to supplant the role of one or both parents. At Beckman Schmalzle Georgelas & Ross PLC, we have experience litigating and negotiating these non-traditional custody and visitation cases from both sides of the case, i.e. from the perspective of the grandparent or third-party that is seeking custody or visitation and from the perspective of the parent from whom visitation or custody is being sought.