Parental Rights, Child Custody And Visitation
Custody and visitation rights are some of the most difficult issues to resolve during the divorce process. The courts and family experts believe that joint custody is in the best interests of the child because it allows both parents to remain active in their children’s lives. Regardless of how the other spouse feels, the court will need a good reason to deny a parent access to their children.
Located in Front Royal but serving families in the Shenandoah Valley, the law firm of Northern Valley Law, has worked with parents on custody and visitations, and we understand that the goals of the parents and their family are unique. Our attorney’s hands-on approach starts with a frank discussion about the needs of the children as well as your goals. We listen to you to determine the best option for your family and then work toward those goals either in court, or through the less formal approach of mediation or negotiation.
Common Custody Arrangements
There are many types of child custody arrangements. The most common ones include:
- Joint legal custody: Regardless of where the children spend a majority of their time on a day-to-day basis, this allows both parents to have equal input into important decisions regarding school, religion, vacation and holidays as well as other matters unique to the children and family.
- Joint physical custody: This involves the children spending equal time at each parent’s residence on a day-to-day basis. It requires a high degree of ongoing communication between the two parents.
- Sole custody: A judge may award custody to one parent if the other is found unsuitable or unable to fulfill their parental obligations.
Modifications And Parenting Plans
The parenting plan is the detailed guidelines for how the childcare arrangement is to work, including obligations for transportation, providing meals and other daily activities. As the children get older, their needs will change and even the most thorough parenting plan will likely need to be amended through modification.