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Child Custody & Visitation

There are two types of custody:

1. Physical Custody

2. Legal Custody

Physical custody is the physical time-sharing arrangement pertaining to the children. Legal custody defines how major decisions are made about the children, such as schooling, religion, elective surgery, and health care. The two most common forms of legal custody are joint legal custody, where the parties are required to reach a consensus before making a major decision, and sole legal custody, where one parent or guardian alone may make a major decision.

The courts can award visitation to a person with a legitimate interest, usually the child’s parents.

There are a number of different visitation schedules that a child can enjoy. The court will award a schedule that is in the child’s best interest by looking at the statutory factors under Virginia Code S 20-124.3. Age and needs of the child are important, as well as the distance between the parties. Young children tend to benefit from frequent visitation that is not long in duration.

Our lawyers collectively apply their experience as custody litigators, clinical social workers, and parents to ascertain the best custody and visitation arrangement for each family (e.g. the best interest of the children). We select the approach, whether it is settlement, litigation, mediation or collaborative law, based upon our sense of the family situation, the needs of Our client, and the receptivity of the spouse and opposing counsel to dispute resolution.

See Virginia Divorce FAQS or Child Custody and Visitation FAQs links for more information, including example visitation schedules and alternate parenting plans.

The attorneys at ROOP XANTTOPOULOS BABOUNAKIS will bring their experience, empathy and talent to work for the best interests of you and your family. If you would like to request an appointment, please contact our family law firm by calling 703.442.0040, or by sending us an email.

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