In a Virginia divorce, the two parents who are splitting are not always the only two people who are significantly affected. Sometimes, the children of these two individuals may also be affected, since they may feel as though they are being pulled in two different directions. This can make the already confusing situation of divorce even more difficult for them. The court in such a situation ultimately must make a child custody decision that serves the best interests of the children involved.
In one out-of-state case, two celebrities have finalized their divorce. Jack White, a musician and record producer, and his wife, Karen Elson, separated two years prior to the divorce being finalized. The couple have two children, a 6-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl.
Elson was named the children's primary caregiver. However, White will be able to spend 150 days a year with them. In addition, White will keep his rights to his many music businesses, such as his record label and The White Stripes, a rock duo.
Following a divorce, both parents usually have an equal right to custody of their kids. The court, though, has to make the final decision about who will be the parent to receive child custody in cases where they do not agree. This depends on the divorcing couple's unique situation and takes into account the children's welfare. The judge will decide child custody based on the parents' desires, the children's desires, the children's relationships with each parent and the health statuses of both parents. Each parent can rightfully pursue child custody when filing for divorce in Virginia.
Source: kulr8.com, Jack White and Karen Elson's divorce finalized, Sadie Gennis, Dec. 16, 2013