In today’s society, it is not unusual for both parents to be working. The nature of the work can be part-time or full-time, but in both instances it means the parents are responsible for delegating childcare duties. Whatever else is happening in the parents’ lives, the best interests of the children must be their priority. Because they are both so busy, it is understandable for parents to struggle when they need to ensure their children are looked after. Separation and divorce are painful enough for a family to go through, but what happens when the children are left home alone?
What Virginia State Law Says
At the state level, Virginia law does not dictate an age where it is acceptable to leave your children home alone. Instead, the individual counties set their regulations on this matter. Social workers and members of the community are instrumental in crafting these regulations. However, it should be noted that the county regulations are still legally binding. Legally speaking, the courts will value the child’s welfare above all else. How the parents make their decisions, and the effects that those decisions have on the children, are enormous factors in determining the outcomes of cases regarding both child custody and visitation rights. The maturity level of the child is also considered in these decisions.
Maturity Levels and Child Custody
Age is not the only measure of a child’s maturity level. It is well-known that all children mature differently depending on their own growth and development and what happens in their lives while they are still young. Each county’s regulations for child supervision will differ accordingly. The circumstances of the custody case in question are also examined and weighed when determining a resolution.
Before starting a new job or changing work schedules that could potentially leave the children without a guardian to look after them, all parents should consult with an experienced family lawyer. Custody cases can be just as ugly as any other element of the divorce process; one spouse could seek to work against the other by citing their work schedules as a reason they make an unfit parent. But the parent who holds custody should include the parent without custody in ensuring their children are well cared-for, regardless of the ongoing custody battle between them. It is better to have at least one parent at home than to leave the children to their own devices.
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