Putting a child through a divorce can be hard on a Virginia parent. Although untangling their lives from those of their spouses can make them happier people and therefore more attentive parents, individuals may worry about what the stress of divorce will do to their kids. One of the ways that they can smooth the transition for their children is through creating custody plans that serve their kids’ needs.

Child custody deals with important details of a child’s post-divorce life, such as where they will live and which parent will have the power to make decisions about their upbringing. In many cases a child’s two parents may share these responsibilities in a joint custody plan, but if certain factors warrant it a court may only give one parent these rights in a sole custody plan.

For example, in a relatively amicable divorce where a child has a good relationship with both parents and the parents will live in the same community after their divorce decree is proffered, the parents may be given joint physical and legal custody of the youth. Physical custody concerns where a child will live and legal custody concerns the power of their parents to make important decisions about their care.

However, if one parent had been accused of abusing the child or if one parent intended to move out of state, a court may have to look at if joint custody would truly serve the needs and interests of the child. No two child custody matters may end with the same outcomes and therefore it is important the individuals seek their own independent advice on their child custody and other family law questions.