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Child custody issues are determined in Virginia’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations
District Courts. While the best interests of children are given significant
emphasis, the state’s child custody laws acknowledges joint custody
since it’s important for both parents to be actively engaged in
their children’s lives.
VCS § 20-124.1 defines joint custody as the following:
- Joint physical custody – Both parents share care and physical custody
of the child by alternating primary residence by days, weeks, etc
- Joint legal custody – Both parents maintain joint responsibility
for control and care of their child, granting them shared authority to
make decisions regarding the well-being of their child.
- Any blend of joint legal and joint physical custody, based on what the
court considers the child’s best interest.
What is the Difference Between Joint Legal Custody and Joint Physical Custody?
Joint legal custody mainly concerns decision-making. While a primary residence
is established with one parent, both parents are able to communicate and
work together in order to determine important decisions regarding the
The court will order join legal custody arrangement if the parents are
capable of the following:
- Can effectively cooperate
- Can share responsibilities and decision-making of raising their child
- Allow the non-custodial parent free access to the child.
On the other hand, joint physical custody enables the child to split time
between both parents. This type of joint custody is less typical since
the best interest of the child may be to have a steady residence according
to the court, especially if one parent lives far away or in another state.
The various joint physical custody arrangements include:
- Children living with both parents on an alternating weekly schedule
- Children living with one parent during the school year and the other during
the school breaks
- Children living ten months with one parent and two months with the other.
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If you are looking for legal counsel for a child custody or visitation
case, our Richmond
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