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Legal Information: Virginia

Custody

Updated: 
December 4, 2020

What is sole custody?

Sole custody means that one parent has the power to make major decisions about the child and the responsibility to be the child’s primary caretaker (meaning the child will live primarily with this parent).1

The other parent may still have the right to visit with the child but will not be able to make major decisions about the child’s education, medical and religious needs.  For more information, see What is the difference between custody and visitation?

1 Va. Code § 20-124.1