This is Samuel and I believe I was assisting you last night.
So under VA law
Section 20-108.2(G)(3) states that the shared custody child support guidelines
will only apply when each parent has “physical custody
” of a child for more than 90 days.
Under these “shared support” guidelines, the primary custodian will typically receive less child support
than under the regular child support guidelines. It is therefore important to understand how days are calculated for purposes of the “90 day rule.”
In a “joint custody” arrangement, both parents assume responsibility for the physical, moral, and emotional development of the child, and there are shared rights and responsibilities for making decisions that affect the child. Virginia Code Section 20-124.1 states the following:
“Joint custody” means
(i) joint legal custody where both parents retain joint responsibility for the care and control of the child and joint authority to make decisions concerning the child even though the child’s primary residence may be with only one parent;
(ii) joint physical custody
where both parents share physical and custodial care of the child or
(iii) any combination of joint legal and joint physical custody which the court deems to be in the best interest of the child
So no. Joint custody is not the same as Shared.