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Richmond Child Custody Attorney

Protective Orders and Custody in Richmond

When child custody issues arise, courts can determine two types of custody of minor children: physical custody and legal custody. In some situations, both parents can share physical custody and/or legal custody. Otherwise, one parent might assume sole physical custody and/or sole legal custody. Child custody may be awarded through a custody proceeding, during filings for divorce or legal separation, in paternity or domestic abuse actions, or when the child lives with a third party such as a grandparent or legal guardian. If you are going through a divorce and would like to seek legal advice for a child custody related issue, contact a Richmond divorce attorney today.

Modification of Child Custody Changes in the needs of a child or in the income of a parent can require the need to modify an existing child custody agreement in court.

Third Party Custody In some cases, third party custody, such as by a grandparent or other person who is committed to protecting the interests, health and future of the child will be necessary.

Common Provisions Added in Custody Agreements There are specific provisions that are commonly added in child custody agreements. You need to ensure that your children have the best possible future after divorce.

Relocating a Child Out of State Relocation out of state is an issue that must be addressed through the court system. If you need help with this legal issue, we could help you get it resolved.

Relocation of a Parent Out of State When a divorced parent wishes to move out of state, the issues surrounding child custody must be addressed in court.

The Different Types of Child Custody

The different types of child custody include:

  • Physical Custody: means that a parent has the right to make decisions about where the child lives and about the routine day-to-day activities of the child.
  • Joint physical custody: means the routine daily care and control and the residence of the child is split between both parents. If the parties can demonstrate to the court that they get along well, live in close proximity, and both played an active role in the child's life, the court might grant joint physical custody. Joint physical custody reduces the amount of child support a parent must pay.
  • Sole physical custody: means that the child lives primarily with one parent. The noncustodial parent almost always has a right to "parenting time," also known as "visitation," with the child. The percentage of time the child spends with each parent plays a direct role in the calculation of child support.
  • Legal Custody: means the parent has the right and obligation to make decisions about the major issues regarding a child's upbringing, such as the child's education, health care, and religious training.
  • Joint legal custody: means that both parents share the responsibility for making decisions regarding how to raise the child and must agree on such decisions. Joint legal custody will not be awarded in cases where communication between the parties is difficult or impossible, including cases with domestic violence.
  • Sole legal custody: might be awarded to one parent rather than the other if there is a demonstrated inability of the parents to cooperate or if a history of domestic abuse or violence is shown.

Child Custody Lawyer Serving Richmond

At Jamie Zand & Associates, PLLC, we have many years of experience assisting clients in all kinds of child custody cases. Call our firm today to discuss the custody of your child or children.

Contact a Richmond child custody attorney for advice in all matters related to the custody of your child or children.