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Benefits and Challenges of Primary Physical Custody in Virginia (Part B)

While primary physical custody can have a number of benefits for the child-including the establishment of consistency and routine-there are a number of drawbacks, as well. These challenges will affect you, your children and your estranged spouse. Work with your child custody attorney to consider all consequences before determining your custodial agreement.

The Challenges of Primary Physical Custody

The biggest concern for a child who lives with only one parent is the potential damage to their relationship with the other parent
. A child who lives with only one parent is likely to have significantly less involvement with their other parent. Even when parents enter into an amicable co-parenting situation and visitation is a regular occurrence, it is never the same as living under the same roof. This can cause tension between the child and the primary custodial parent and add to tension with the non-custodial parent.

In addition, the determination of primary physical custody, or sole physical custody, can have negative impacts on the parent that was not granted primary physical custody. They may feel like a bad parent or that the court has judged them on their parenting abilities. They may feel that they are missing out on their child's life and fear that they will lose their relationship with their child altogether. All of these issues should be carefully considered as you and your child custody attorney consider primary physical custody.

Retaining a Virginia Divorce Lawyer

At this vulnerable time, it's critical that you have exceptional legal representation that not only understands the specifics of your case, but is dedicated to your best interests and that of your family.

The Virginia divorce attorneys at Hofheimer Family Law Firm exclusively represent Virginia women who wish to file for divorce
. We are committed to fighting for your rights, assisting in child custody disputes, and ensuring that you receive everything you are entitled to and need in order to start your new life. Contact us to set up a consultation of your case - (757) 425-5200.  

Kristen Hofheimer
A passionate advocate and well known champion for women in divorce and child custody issues.