Thank you for your question.
Troxel v. Granville didn't entirely destroy the concept of third party visitation. Instead, Troxel struck down the Washington statute, referring to it as "breathtakingly broad." While Troxel was a heavy blow in favor of parent's rights, it did not defeat third party visitation. The major problem with the statute in Troxel was that the judge had broad discretion based solely on the best interests of the child.
Virginia's statute is more narrowly tailored, specifying that the preferences of the parents should carry additional weight. While it's not as narrow as the statutes of many states, it's not as broad as the statute struck down in Washington.
I have included the statute (in relevant part) below. Please note the bold part.
As you can see, Virginia courts may award visitation to a third party. However, the well-reasoned preferences of the child involved may carry some weight with a court. Further, a parent's preferences should be given a great deal of consideration. Accordingly, you will want to retain an attorney to represent you in the matter, as your attorney may be able to help you avoid such a visitation requirement.
§ 20-124.2. Court-ordered custody and visitation arrangements.
B. In determining custody, the court shall give primary consideration to the best interests of the child. The court shall assure minor children of frequent and continuing contact with both parents, when appropriate, and encourage parents to share in the responsibilities of rearing their children. As between the parents, there shall be no presumption or inference of law in favor of either. The court shall give due regard to the primacy of the parent-child relationship but may upon a showing by clear and convincing evidence that the best interest of the child would be served thereby award custody or visitation to any other person with a legitimate interest. The court may award joint custody or sole custody.
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