Custody & Visitation/Timesharing

If you are a parent, your children are probably your greatest concern. There is no "standard" timesharing/visitation to determine physical custody. The arrangements that work for one family won't necessarily meet your or your children's needs. Significant time and attention must be spent on formulating the right plan for physical and legal custody of your children.

Legal custody determines who gets to make decisions about your children. In most circumstances, the court is going to award joint legal custody to the parents, though this is not always the case.

Initial Child Custody Determinations

Initial child custody determinations are based on a host of factors, including the child's physical and mental needs, the physical and mental condition of the parents, the child's sibling, peer, and extended family relationships, the relationships between the child and each parent (past, present, and future), each parent's willingness to support the child's relationship with the other parent and to work cooperatively with that other parent, any history of abuse, and, in some circumstances, the preference of the child.

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What if my spouse and I have trouble reaching joint decisions regarding the children?

The court may decide to give one parent ultimate decision making authority after full consultation with the other parent, or a parent may be granted sole legal custody.

At what age can the child decide where they want to live?

Technically speaking, at the age of majority, which is 18 in Virginia. Prior to that time, the court can decide that the child's preference should not be honored, if so voiced, because it is not in the child's best interests.

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