Child custody is a complex issue that can arise during and after a divorce or separation. The state of Virginia offers families the option to create a child custody agreement that outlines the decisions made regarding custody, visitation, and child support. A specific child custody agreement will vary based on the unique circumstances of each case.
Here is a sample child custody agreement in Virginia:
This Agreement is made between [Name of First Parent] and [Name of Second Parent] on [Date of Agreement].
The parties agree to joint legal custody of their child(ren) [Name(s) of Child(ren)], with [Name of First Parent] as the primary physical custodian. The parties agree to share all decisions regarding the health, education, and welfare of the Child(ren).
The parties agree on the following visitation schedule:
– [Name of Second Parent] has visitation with the Child(ren) every other weekend from Friday at 5 pm until Sunday at 5 pm.
– During the school year, [Name of Second Parent] will have overnight visits with the Child(ren) on Wednesday evenings.
– The parties will alternate holidays every year, with [Name of Second Parent] having the Child(ren) on Thanksgiving, and [Name of First Parent] having the Child(ren) on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
– The parties agree to have flexibility in the visitation schedule and to make modifications as needed.
The parties agree that [Name of Second Parent] will pay child support in the amount of [Dollar Amount] per month, beginning on [Date of First Payment]. The parties agree to follow the Virginia Child Support Guidelines in calculating the amount of support.
This Agreement may be modified by the parties upon written agreement signed by both parties, or by court order. Any modification to this Agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties.
Creating a child custody agreement can provide clarity and ease the stress of an uncertain situation. If you are facing a child custody dispute in Virginia, it is important to have a knowledgeable attorney in your corner who can help guide you through the process. By working together, parents can create a child custody agreement that puts the best interests of the child first.