Joint custody may benefit your children

It is often a challenge adjusting to new living arrangements in Virginia without your children. If you and your spouse have separated, you may find yourself in the midst of a custody battle, even if the split has otherwise been uneventful. At Russell W. Ray, PLLC, we often help clients negotiate custody and visitation agreements for the best possible outcome.

VeryWell Family states that in a joint custody arrangement parents share custody of their children, as opposed to one parent who has sole custody. As you prepare for the proceedings, carefully consider your needs as well as that of your children. In joint legal custody, you and your ex can each make decisions regarding schools, doctors and other important decisions. This typically requires communication with each other regularly.

Joint physical custody addresses where the children reside. Some things to consider include the following:

  • Will they alternate weekends or days during the week?
  • Where will they spend summer break?
  • How are holidays split?

For small children, the deciding on how many days they spend with each parent is often simple. However, as they grow and begin participating in school functions and extracurricular activities, custody arrangements may need modification and flexibility on everyone’s part. The court’s primary goal is to determine what type of schedule is in the best interest of the children.

If your ex wants sole custody and you push for joint custody, it is critical that you prepare for your day in court appropriately. Ask questions and determine whether joint custody is the best option. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.


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