Custody and Visitation
Child Custody Issues
The only aspect that can make divorce more emotionally charged is the inclusion of child custody matters and child support. No parent wants to give up custody of their child and it can be difficult to come to terms with which parent will have primary custody over the children. While courts encourage joint custody, this typically does not mean half of a child’s time is spent with each parent. Instead, one parent usually has “physical” custody and is the permanent residence of the child. A court will consider all the evidence presented to it and will make its decision based on the best interests of the child. If you are resolving a child custody dispute through mediation or arbitration, both parents will need to come to an amicable agreement. It can be extremely difficult to negotiate the terms of a child custody arrangement and an experienced family law attorney can help assist you during this process.
Child support is a whole other issue relating to child custody and is typically based on Virginia child support guidelines. Child support is typically based on the salary of the parent as well as the cost of living for the children, including health insurance and education costs.