What does Joint Custody Mean??

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 by Katie Carter

When you’re a parent facing divorce, questions about Virginia child custody are among your tops concerns. All parents want to make sure their parenting plan is one in which their children can thrive.

There are different types of Virginia child custody arrangements, including joint custody. When it comes to joint custody, there are 2 options: joint legal and shared physical custody. To determine which option may work best for your child, you’ll want to work with a Virginia child custody attorney.

In joint legal custody, the child lives with one parent, but both parents have the right to make the decisions about how the child is to be raised. In shared physical custody, the child splits his or her time between parent’s residences, so in essence, the child has 2 homes.

When it comes to Virginia child custody, courts first consider the best interests of the child. That means they look at a multitude of factors to determine whether a particular child custody arrangement will work. One factor is whether the parents can cooperate to make a parenting plan successful.

It is extremely important in any parenting plan that the parents be able to negotiate and come to agreements about all the issues involved in co-parenting. From making decisions about a child’s education, to creating a workable schedule for custody, ex-spouses need to be able to communicate effectively. This is important regardless of your type of joint child custody arrangement.

Contacting a Virginia Child Custody Attorney

At Hofheimer Family Law Firm, we understand the health and happiness of your children is your top concern. We will work with you to address any fears and anxieties you may have about your children’s future. Our women’s-only divorce attorneys will guide you every step of the way to make sure you achieve the best possible child custody and child support arrangements for you and your children.

To learn more about your Virginia divorce, request a FREE copy of our guide, What Every Virginia Woman Should Know About Divorce, or reserve your seat at our monthly divorce seminar – 757-425-5200.