Joint Custody Arrangements
There is no statutory bias in Virginia for joint custody over another type of custody arrangement. Every case is very fact-specific, and every decision is made with the best interests of the children as its primary focus. However, there seems to be a trend toward approving joint custody petitions when there is no evidence to suggest that such an arrangement would jeopardize the children’s well-being.
Nevertheless, the process involved with obtaining joint custody can be extremely complex, and the assistance of a qualified child custody lawyer can help to ensure that your parental interests are protected. At Weisberg & Weisberg, PLLC in Newport News , we represent clients on both sides of Virginia custody matters.
What Is Joint Custody, And How Does It Work?
Joint custody is broken down into two parts: legal custody and physical custody.
- Legal custody refers to each parent’s right to make major decisions on the children’s behalf. These include where they will attend school, what religion they will practice, their extracurricular activities and major medical or health decisions, among others.
- Physical custody refers to an arrangement where the parents share the children’s physical and custodial care. The children’s time is divided living with each parent for a specified number of days according to a court-approved schedule.
When you choose our firm, we take the time to fully understand your goals and expectations with regard to child custody. We advise you on the legal issues surrounding child custody and develop a customized plan designed specifically to accommodate them.