Child custody matters, whether they arise during a Virginia divorce, are related to a post-divorce modification, or involve a child born outside of marriage, are important matters that directly affect your parental rights. Because child custody is an exceptionally complicated area of the law and because your child custody concern is too important to leave to chance, having an experienced child custody lawyer in Norfolk on your side is in your best interest.
In Virginia, child custody arrangements are divided into both legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody determines who will take on the responsibility of making primary decisions that guide your children’s lives. Physical custody concerns itself with how you and your children’s other parent will share your time with the kids. Let’s take a closer look at both of these important aspects of child custody.
Legal custody addresses big-picture parenting decisions like the following:
Legal custody can be joint, which means that you will make these primary decisions together, but one of you may be awarded tie-breaking authority and, as such, will make the final decision if you reach an impasse in the decision-making process. Further, legal custody can be sole, but there is also the option of dividing this decision-making authority according to the category of decision that is being made.
Finally, more basic parenting questions, such as what to serve the kids for lunch and where to pick up supplies for an upcoming art project, must be resolved by the parent who has the children at the time they arise.
Physical custody addresses the matter of determining when your kids will live with you and when they will live with their other parent. You can get as detailed and as creative as you wish when it comes to hammering out this schedule between yourselves, but if you need the court’s intervention in the matter, you’re very likely to receive one of its standard parenting time schedules. All told, there are two basic classifications when it comes to physical custody, including:
When the courts make decisions related to child custody, they are always based on the best interests of the children involved.
The very capable child custody lawyers at Mahoney & Richmond, PLLC, in Norfolk, Virginia, understand the gravity of your child custody case and are committed to skillfully advocating for its most favorable resolution. Your parental rights are important, and we’re here to help – so please don’t wait to contact us for more information today.