Divorce is hard and divorce is sad; both of these are magnified when children are involved. In Virginia and across the country, child custody is often a difficult issue to resolve as both parents typically want what is best for their child, but may have different ideas of what that may entail. There are different types of child custody and different factors to be considered in determining the best interests of the child.

The different types of custody include joint custody, legal custody, physical custody and sole custody. Joint custody typically involves a child spending part of his or her time with each parent. This can be the best option if the parents live in relatively close proximity to each other to allow the child to attend the same school and activities and maintain friendships. Legal custody gives a parent the right to make decisions on behalf of the child regarding such things as medical care, schooling and activities. Sole custody grants legal and physical custody to one parent but the other may have visitation rights.

Factors that go into reaching a custody order are many. They may include such things as who has more time to spend with the child or who the child has a closer relationship with. The age of the child can also be a factor. The financial situation can also play a key part.

It is widely believed that a close relationship with both parents is best for the physical and emotional well-being of a child. A parent who is considering divorce in Virginia and is concerned about child custody may benefit from exploring the options with an experienced family law professional. Together they can review the family situation and decide on an approach designed to achieve a fair and comprehensive solution for the client that is also in the best interests of the child.