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Virginia Child Custody Laws

Child custody laws are very similar from state to state, mainly due to adoption of the Uniform Child Custody Act, which helps enforcement efforts across state lines. Virginia child custody laws allow for joint custody and grandparent visitation rights, while the court process gives significant weight to the child's own wishes before determining custody.

The basics of Virginia child custody laws are highlighted in the box below. See FindLaw's Child Custody section, including How Child Custody Decisions are Made, to learn more.

Code Section 20-107.2, 20-124.1 et seq.
Year Uniform Child Custody Act Adopted 1979
Joint Custody an Option? Yes, §§20-124.2(B)
Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized? Yes, §20-124.1 & §16.1-241
Child's Own Wishes Considered? Yes

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Virginia child custody attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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