Virginia parents who are going through the divorce process may be interested in new research that shows that fathers are sometimes favored over mothers in custody battles, even if the father has been accused of or found guilty of sexual or physical abuse. In fact, it is estimated that around 58,000 children are left unsupervised with an abusive parent when they are placed in their custody. Some states are trying to change laws in order to protect children and help mothers who know about abuse to get custody of their children.
Parents in Virginia who separate or divorce may experience a wide range of options for child custody. While some families may choose joint custody or extensive visitation, this is not always a possibility. In some cases, there could be serious concerns about one parent's ability to care for the child. Such parents may have supervised visitation, which is when they can only see the child with the supervision of another person.
Divorce can bring about big changes in how Virginia parents deal with one another. Adjusting to co-parenting is challenging at any time of year, but the summer can come with specific difficulties. During the school year, the routine provided by the academic schedule can help children to feel insulated from some of the changes that accompany divorce. Summertime is often much less scheduled, and summer plans may differ greatly between the parents' homes. However, positive co-parenting can help children and parents to adjust to summer co-parenting successfully.