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Custody, Visitation and Child Support

All Alexandria residents who seek rights to custody, visitation and/or child support may file at the Alexandria Court Service Unit. All requests require an appointment with the on-call Intake Officer. Any person interested in beginning the process should contact the on-call Intake Officer at 703-746-4144.

Custody and Visitation

The Intake Unit handles requests from residents wanting to file for the custody and visitation of children.  The Intake Officer will review the requirements for filing a petition.  If you meet the requirements, the Intake Officer will schedule an appointment with you and tell you what information you will need to bring. Appointments must be made with an Intake Officer in order to file for custody and visitation.  Typically, at your appointment you need to provide the current contact information for the mother, father and child(ren), which includes current addresses, current phone numbers, dates of birth and social security numbers.  You must be a resident of Alexandria and your child must also currently reside in Alexandria. The Juvenile and Domestic Relations Clerk's office charges a $25.00 filing fee to begin the process.

Child Support

The Intake Unit handles requests from residents wanting to file for child support.  The Intake Officer will review the residency requirements for you and/or the other parent.  If you meet the requirement, the Intake Officer will schedule an appointment with you and tell you what information you will need to bring. Appointments must be made with the Intake Officer in order to file for child support.  Typically, at your appointment you need to provide the current contact information for the mother and father and child(ren), which includes current addresses, current phone numbers, dates of birth, social security numbers, former support orders and employment/income information.  In certain situations, you may be referred to the Department of Child Support Enforcement.