What does it mean to have joint custody in Virginia?

There are two types of child custody in Virginia: legal and physical. If the parents have joint legal custody, that means that the children have one primary residence, but both parents can make legal decisions regarding the children.

Joint physical custody means that the child lives at both residences, dividing their time between each
. It is important to hire an experienced Virginia Beach divorce attorney to help you resolve joint custody issues.

In a Virginia joint child custody case, the court will look at how both parents get along. If parents cannot agree on issues such as religion or schooling, the court may award custody to only one parent. Child custody in Virginia is a complex matter, and requires the skill of a Virginia Beach divorce attorney.

Virginia joint physical custody works best if the parents live close to each other, preferably in the same school district. Physical joint custody allows both parents time to spend with their children and to be involved in their lives.

In some cases, the court may allow a combination of joint legal and physical custody if it is in the best interest of the child. For more information regarding joint legal and physical child custody in Virginia, you should speak to a Virginia Beach divorce attorney today.

There are many advantages and disadvantages to joint custody. At Hofheimer Family Law Firm, we understand that the health and happiness of your children is your #1 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 and advocate that you achieve the best possible child custody and child support arrangements for you and your children.

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