When a court determines that one parent should have sole custody of their child, they may grant the other parent visitation or parenting time. If this is the case for you, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced family law attorney who will work to ensure that you get the time you need with your child to maintain your child’s best interests.
How Parenting Time Works in Virginia
The Commonwealth of Virginia judge will most likely establish a parenting time schedule for the non-custodial parent when one parent is granted sole custody. This can be seen in the form of either supervised or unsupervised meetings between the parent and the child. This will depend on the court’s reasoning for awarding the other parent sole custody.
You can expect a parenting time schedule to include all aspects of the child custody arrangement including which days the non-custodial parent will see the child (e.g. only on weekends, alternating weeknights, etc.), information about where and when the parents will pick up, drop off, and meet with the child, and stipulations regarding where the child will spend holidays, birthdays, and other important events. The judge will sign your parenting time plan as long as the agreement works in the child’s best interest. The parenting time plan will also have to allow your child to have a continued and beneficial relationship with both parents.
If you have any further questions regarding how parenting time works in the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is important that you reach out to an experienced family law attorney who will walk you through the process while keeping your child’s best interest in mind. You do not need to go through this process alone. We are here to help.
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