Quoting The Doctor:" For a friend... What is the process like in VA once you file for custody? Does VA favor one or the ... [snip!] ... one or the other parent, or does it try to keep both biological parents involved (unless one is proven to be unfit, of course)?"
well my situation was a little different because BD lives in oregon
but i showed up to court and even with PLENTY of forewarning and a summons he didnt so i was granted custody immediately
however generally they will try to keep both parents involved unless one parent is deemed unfit
usually a guardian adlitem will come in and make sure the kids environment is safe and secure and depending on whether the parents are battling for custody or can make a mutual agreement it will really be an easy quick process.