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What different forms can joint custody take?

Most people know that one of the types of child custody arrangements that are sometimes reached by divorced parents here in Virginia are joint custody arrangements. But, did you know that there are multiple forms of joint custody? Today, we will go over the different forms.

One form is joint physical custody. This is when a child's living situation and physical care is split between the two parents.

Another form is joint legal custody. This is when the power to make decisions regarding the child and responsibility regarding the general care of the child is shared by the two parents.

The third form is a combination of both joint physical and joint legal custody.

As one can see, what form of joint custody a joint custody arrangement is can have major impacts on what the rights and responsibilities of the two parents are. This, of course, can have significant implications for the parents and their child. 

Finding the right child custody arrangement can be vital for parents when they get divorced. What arrangement is the "right" one for a given family can be influenced by a wide variety of different circumstances.

Thus, there are many different factors that can play a role in whether a divorcing parent should consider pursuing a joint custody arrangement and, if they should, which form of joint custody they should be looking at. Family law attorneys can help divorcing parents look into these various factors, answer questions they have about the different types of custody and provide guidance when it comes to child custody negotiations and hearings.

Source: Fairfax County, "Custody," Accessed Sept. 10, 2014

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