Essays tagged: joint custody
This essay provides a brief introduction to the concept “best interests of the child,” and a place for readers to begin to formulate their own ideas about the usefulness and meaning of the standard.   Read more

Illustration. Godey’s Lady's Book and Magazine (vol. 54, January, 1857).
Child custody determinations have had a roller coaster history, reflecting the jagged evolution of the American family. Virginia custody law rode on the same roller coaster, with some distinct regional differences.   Read more
The dynamic relationship between Virginia law and society’s concepts of childhood and parenthood have transformed child custody laws since the American Revolution. This essay chronicles key periods of change in the Commonwealth and other states.   Read more