What Is Joint Custody and What is Sole Custody in Virginia Family Law?
Divorce is difficult and it’s even more difficult when children are involved. The decisions you make during divorce will have a lasting impact on your children and can determine the relationship you have with your children. You need an experienced, compassionate family law attorney to help you make the best decisions for your family now, and for the future. Lynchburg Family Lawyer Marcy Jones is that attorney — call her at 434-845-2463 today to get help making good decisions for your future, during and after divorce.
What is Joint Custody?
Many clients ask, “what is joint custody”? Joint custody means that both parents have responsibility for the care and control of the children, and both participate in making important decisions concerning the children. This has nothing to do with where the children live.
What is Sole Custody?
Sole custody means that one person has responsibility for the care and control of the children and that person has the authority to make the primary decisions concerning the children.
Why Is It Important for Child Custody Arrangements to Work for Both Parents
Most parents after divorce have joint legal custody of their children. Obviously it is best for the children if their parents are able to communicate about them and make important decisions on their behalf together.
Doing a good job raising children is challenging enough, but doing a good job raising children when co-parenting arrangements are not working is close to impossible. When parents with joint legal custody after a divorce can’t agree about a child-rearing decision, the courts become involved again to resolve the dispute. Some parents continue to fight each other, with their children caught in the middle, for years after the divorce, with the result that college funds are depleted to pay for legal expenses and parent-child relationships are permanently damaged. All parties to the divorce — parents and children — lose when that happens.
Family Law Attorney M. Marcy Jones works on behalf of her clients to achieve win-win results and co-parenting plans that work for the long-term benefit of the children, her client and her client’s relationship with the other parent. Marcy’s training and experience in collaborative divorce law and mediation give her the skills to negotiate in a positive way for positive solutions on behalf of her clients.
Make an appointment to ask Lynchburg Divorce Attorney M. Marcy Jones about joint custody and sole custody in the context of your situation, and any other question related to Virginia Family Law. Call 434-845-2463 or use the contact form to send Marcy a message.