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Child Custody and Parenting Plan Issues

Charleston Child Custody Attorney

Child custody is one of the most difficult family issues to discuss because it makes real an issue most parents would rather avoid - the potential to lose vital parental rights or the fear that the other parent may become known as the "better parent." When you are facing such delicate issues, an experienced lawyer can help ease your mind and provide the representation you need to get you and your child through a child custody dispute.

At the Law Office of James T. Cooper, we are here to help you understand the law as it applies to your situation and help you achieve child custody and Parenting Plan arrangements that everyone can live with. Contact our Charleston law firm for family law representation in West Virginia.

Child Custody: Shared Parenting After Divorce

In West Virginia, shared parenting is preferred by the courts in most situations because it enables both parents to play an active role in providing the emotional and financial support the child needs. Any child custody or parenting plan must focus on the best interests of the child. Other parenting issues, such as child support or future requests for modification of parenting plans must also be in the best interests of the child.

We can help you negotiate a shared parenting plan that focuses on the child's best interests and preserves your interests as a parent. Generally, the parenting plan will address issues, such as:

  • Physical custody: Physical custody refers to the amount of time each parent spends with the child. One parent will usually have primary physical custody (the child will live primarily with this parent) while the other parent will have ample visitation (parenting time) and be ordered to pay child support. In most situations, physical custody will reflect the parent-child relationship that existed while the parents were living together.
  • Legal custody: Legal custody refers to a parent's role in important decision-making. Most parenting plans, whether negotiated or court-ordered, will include joint legal custody. The parents share the right to make important decisions involving the child's upbringing, such as medical care, education, religion and other issues.

Serving families since 1970, we have acquired the experience, skill and understanding to effectively answer your questions and provide knowledgeable representation throughout your child custody dispute. Contact the Charleston family Law Office of James T. Cooper to speak with a lawyer about your situation.


At the Law Office of James T. Cooper, we represent clients in Charleston, West Virginia, and throughout the region, including the communities of South Charleston, Madison, Logan, Danville, Teays Valley, Scott Depot, Hurricane, Dunbar, Winfield, Nitro, St. Albans, Huntington, Milton, Ripley, Williamson, Elkview, Clendenin, Parkersburg, Clay, Buffalo, Sutton, Flatwoods and Beckley; and other locations in Kanawha County, Putnam County, Cabell County, Boone County, Logan County, Mingo County, Fayette County, Raleigh County, Summers County, Braxton County, Wood County and Jackson County.