When Virginia parents make the decision to go through with a divorce, one of their main concerns is what will happen to their children. In order to provide them with security and stability well into the future, some may opt to co-parent. This is a type of child custody arrangement that gives the children time with both parents, and while there are many benefits to this option, it is not always easy for two parents to work well together after divorce.
Virginia parents can petition a court to make changes to an existing court order regarding their children. The court always has children's best interests at the forefront when making child custody, visitation or child support decisions. These decisions, however, are not cast in stone, and under certain circumstances, the court may determine that modifying a signed agreement is warranted. Britney Spears and her former partner, Kevin Federline, recently sought to modify their co-parenting plan.
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.
A child typically does best in a family where two parents are involved and available. This does not have to apply to only married parents in Virginia. Divorce is hard but it is possible for two people to successfully parent their children when they are no longer married. A recent study points out four areas involving child custody matters that are considered vital to maintaining the child's health and sense of well-being.