Anthony Montagna, III

  • Experienced in Child Custody and Visitation Cases
  • Winning Child Custody and Visitation Cases Since 1993
  • Handling Child Custody and Visitation Cases in Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Everywhere in Virginia
  • Former Guardian ad Litem
  • Military, Union, Teacher, and First Responder Discounts
  • A Client First Lawyer


  • 175+ Years of Combined Legal Experience
  • Call Today to Put the Montagna Law Team on Your Side

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Anthony Montagna is one of the top child custody and visitation lawyers serving VA

Three convenient locations:

Norfolk, VA:

425 Monticello Avenue, Suite A,
Norfolk, VA 23510


Newport News, VA:

4302 Huntington Avenue,
Newport News, VA 23607

757-625-3500 or 757-380-8100

Virginia Beach, VA:

One Columbus Center, Ste. 600,
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

757-625-3500 or 757-622-6851

Experienced child custody and visitation lawyers

With Anthony  Montagna, III, and the other lawyers in the firm, you can be confident that you have an experienced, professional child custody and visitation attorney on your side. Anthony will fight to protect you and your family. He knows that every case is important to you, and he will battle for you in court.

Highly rated child custody lawyers

  • Listed as one of the three best divorce lawyers in Norfolk, VA with , a highly trusted site,  states, “Expert recommended Top 3 Divorce Lawyers in Norfolk, Virginia. All of our divorce lawyers face a rigorous 50-Point Inspection, which includes customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence. You deserve only the best!”
  • FIVE STAR CLIENT REVIEW WITH Findlaw.  Findlaw is a highly respected company associated with Thomson Reuters.
  • Notable Martindale Hubbell Peer Rated for Strong Ethical Standards
  • A+ rated by the  Better Business Bureau


Anthony was born on August 19, 1968 at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. After several months, Anthony and his family moved to Norfolk, Virginia, his father’s home town.

Anthony graduated from Norfolk Academy in 1986.  After graduation, Anthony attended and graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.  At the University of Richmond, Anthony was awarded Intermediate Honors and was a proud member of the the Dean’s List. After graduating from the University of Richmond, Anthony attended and graduated from The University of Akron School of Law in 1993. Upon graduating from law school, Anthony joined his father as a partner at Montagna & Montagna, P.C.

In his free time, Anthony enjoys travelling, reading, watching and playing sports, and spending time with his family.  He particularly enjoys spending time with his daughter, Phoebe, who is 18 and attends Hollins University.

Former Partner at Montagna & Montagna, P.C.

As a partner at Montagna & Montagna, P.C., Anthony assisted individuals in many fields of law.  Over the years, Anthony has handled bankruptcy, debt collection, worker’s compensation, personal injury, family law, DUI and traffic, security clearance, criminal, and corporation cases.

Son of a Captain, USNR:

As the son of an attorney who served his country proudly on active duty and in the reserves in the United States Navy Jag Corps, Anthony has the necessary experience and knowledge to ensure you get the results that you want. He has practiced law since 1993 and is well known for his knowledge of the law and familiarity with the judges in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, and all of Hampton Roads.

Commitment to clients:

“Practicing law since 1993, I know each case is different, and I provide personalized attention for each client,” says Anthony. “I am committed to providing my clients with zealous and skillful representation. I know that my client’s case is a serious concern, and I treat every client like I would want my family treated. I am here to guide you through the complexities of your case and to provide you simple, straightforward answers to your questions.”

We think outside of the box

Anthony strives to answer all questions, to provide regular updates and return all phone calls. If you want an attorney who will think outside of the box, make your case a priority and work hard for you, Anthony is the attorney for you.

Representing Parents Throughout Virginia, Including Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News and All of Virginia

Few areas can be as contentious during a divorce than the process related to awarding child custody and visitation. In no other area of your divorce is it as important to maintain a spirit of cooperation and mutuality. There are times when agreements cannot be reached independently and require the court to intervene. In either situation, it is wise to hire an experienced attorney to represent you.  Anthony Montagna knows what is important to his clients, and is not satisfied until his clients are satisfied.

Your children mean everything to you.  It is important top hire a child custody and visitation lawyer who is tough and a fighter.  When you hire Anthony Montagna and the law firm for a child custody or child visitation matter, you hire a team of attorneys with a wealth of experience and lawyers who know how to win.

Fighting to protect you and your children in child custody and visitation disputes

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Anthony Montagna understands that sometimes good people need a good child custody or child visitation lawyer.  Anthony will sit down with you and advise you of the steps necessary to file a petition for custody or visitation or a motion to amend custody or visitation in the Juvenile Court.

Over 125 years of combined legal experience to help you win your case

The Norfolk child custody and visitation lawyers of Montagna Klein Camden with over 125 years of combined legal experience and Anthony L. Montagna, III represent civilian and military parents in child custody and visitation disputes throughout Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, Chesapeake, Suffolk,  and all of Virginia.

Military welcome


Union workers welcome



Call us at 757-625-3500 to discuss your case

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Child custody and visitation factors

There are many factors used by the court to make a decision concerning child custody and visitation in a Virginia divorce. The overarching guideline that the court uses to make its determination is the standard of the best interests of a child. Section 20-124.3 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended defines the factors that the court considers in child custody and visitation cases.

The court considers:

1. The age and physical and mental condition of the child, giving due consideration to the child’s changing developmental needs;

2. The age and physical and mental condition of each parent;

3. The relationship existing between each parent and each child, giving due consideration to the positive involvement with the child’s life, the ability to accurately assess and meet the emotional, intellectual and physical needs of the child;

4. The needs of the child, giving due consideration to other important relationships of the child, including but not limited to siblings, peers and extended family members;

5. The role that each parent has played and will play in the future, in the upbringing and care of the child;

6. The propensity of each parent to actively support the child’s contact and relationship with the other parent, including whether a parent has unreasonably denied the other parent access to or visitation with the child;

7. The relative willingness and demonstrated ability of each parent to maintain a close and continuing relationship with the child, and the ability of each parent to cooperate in and resolve disputes regarding matters affecting the child;

8. The reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child to be of reasonable intelligence, understanding, age and experience to express such a preference;

9. Any history of family abuse as that term is defined in § 16.1-228 or sexual abuse. If the court finds such a history, the court may disregard the factors in subdivision 6; and

10. Such other factors as the court deems necessary and proper to the determination.

Important definitions

Section 20-124.1. of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended defines the most important terms to know in child custody and child visitation matters.

  1.  Joint custody means (i) joint legal custody where both parents retain joint responsibility for the care and control of the child and joint authority to make decisions  concerning the child even though the child’s primary residence        may be with only one parent, (ii) joint physical custody where both parents share physical  and custodial care of the child, or (iii) any combination of joint legal and joint physical custody which the court deems to be in the best  interest of the child.
  2.  Person with a legitimate interest shall be broadly construed and includes, but is not limited to,  grandparents, step-grandparents, stepparents,  former stepparents, blood  relatives and family members provided any such party has intervened in the suit or is otherwise properly before the court. The term shall be broadly construed to  accommodate the best interest of the child. A party with a legitimate interest shall not include any person (i) whose parental rights have been terminated by court order,  either voluntarily or involuntarily, (ii) whose interest in the child derives from or through a person whose parental rights have been terminated, either voluntarily or  involuntarily, including but not limited to grandparents, stepparents, former stepparents, blood relatives and family members, if the child subsequently has been legally  adopted, except where a final order of adoption is entered pursuant to § 63.2-1241, or (iii) who has been convicted of a violation of subsection A of § 18.2-61, § 18.2-63,  subsection B of § 18.2-366, or an equivalent offense of another state, the United States, or any foreign jurisdiction, when the child who is the subject of the petition was  conceived as a result of such violation.
  3.  Sole custody means that one person retains responsibility for the care and control of a child and has primary authority to make decisions concerning the child. petition  was conceived as a result of such violation.


When things change following your divorce, you may have to petition the court to modify or enforce a child custody or visitation order. When seeking to have the court rule on a parental relocation or enforcement issue, you should hire an experienced family law attorney to represent you. Our firm has helped civilian and military parents with child custody and visitation modification and enforcement.

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A Few of the Clients We Have Helped

  • "Mr. Montagna was the BEST!! I had reckless driving and 2 seatbelt violations ( one for a minor) and he got my whole case DISMISSED!! He is definitely the go to guy for your case… I couldn’t appreciate and thank him enough!"

    Sky B.
  • "Simply the best in the business. Got my 67 in a 35 mph reduced from reckless driving to an improper driving. He let me know what to do before court and I followed everything exactly. Would highly recommend him for any traffic case."

    Wesley F.
  • "Mr. Anthony Montagna understood the assignment! I am so glad I retained him. He is very professional, understanding, attentive, and easy to reach. He will make sure you get the best results as possible. Thank again Mr. Anthony and Kelly for taking care of me and serving me at my best. If anybody is thinking about looking into this law firm, please look no further!"

    Tiara S.
  • "I had a speeding ticket that was 21 over in a 30mph zone. He got my case dismissed. Whatever he asked you to get for court definitely get the paperwork. I really appreciate Anthony Montana for making my driving record go back to +5. He really knows the law and he is definitely an attorney I will use later in life if I will need him again. He does care about the people he helps in court."

    Jacob P.
  • "Mr. Montagna handles my periodic traffic offenses and always gets them dismissed. Depending on the charge he has had me take a driver improvement class, which was actually enjoyable, and my charges are always dismissed. I would never use anybody else for any kind of traffic offense. The cops seem to know him and the bailiff told me one time that I had chosen a good lawyer. Highly recommended."

    Cindy Williams
  • "Anthony helped me with a traffic ticket. His counsel was excellent and he really took the time to understand the situation and give expert guidance on how best to proceed. He got the ticket dismissed and I got points taken off my license as a result of his counsel."

    Michael Moore
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Areas We Serve

Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Williamsburg/James City County, Northampton County, Southampton County, Isle of Wight County, York County, New Kent County, Accomack County, Virginia Beach and all of Virginia.

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