An Overview of Virginia Child Custody Agreements
When parents break up, they may find themselves in a battle over where and with whom the children should live, how much time the children should spend with each parent, or who should get to make major decisions for the children. If you find yourself in this situation, you may want to consider resolving these and other parenting issues through a Child Custody and Visitation Agreement between you and your ex.
Your custody and visitation agreement should address both legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody has to do with decision-making for the child. Joint legal custody requires the parents to communicate with each other about the child and attempt to make decisions together. A parent with sole legal custody is not required to keep the other parent informed of important matters involving the child or consult with that parent in decision-making. Physical custody addresses where the child resides, whether primarily with one parent or on a shared schedule between both parents’ homes.
Visitation, also sometime referred to as parenting time or custodial time, is the legal term for the time the non-custodial parent has the right to be with the child. Typically, a schedule will include “regular” visitation, such as weekends and mid-week time with the child, as well as religious and federal holidays, summer travel and the like.
Contact a Virginia Family Law Attorney
If you have minor children and have separated from their other parent, tensions can escalate quickly. Contact Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy today to schedule an initial consultation. The Leesburg family attorneys at Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy have the expertise to help you obtain a custody and visitation order, whether by agreement or in a court of law, that is in the best interests of your children.