Preparing For a Virginia Child Custody Case
For parents facing divorce, Virginia child custody is a matter that occupies a great deal of time and emotion. As you move closer to the divorce case, there are ways to prepare for a child custody case so that you go into it with knowledge and confidence.
The first step is to become familiar with the laws governing Virginia child custody. The best way to do this is to hire an attorney who can guide you through the custody process. This allows you to learn what the legal process entails, understand your options, and be better prepared to make choices regarding how you want to approach your case.
While a family court judge must approve a custody agreement, the parents are encouraged to come to an agreement themselves. It's preferable because it tends to be quicker, less costly, and less stressful on the parties involved, especially the child.
Not every couple has the option of attempting to work out a friendly agreement, but it's always smart to consider doing so when it comes to child custody. The parents don't have to agree or even like each other; they just have to be willing to put their anger aside and think logically long enough to work out a mutually acceptable (not perfect, but acceptable) resolution.
A licensed mediator can be beneficial in situations like this by helping facilitate healthy and productive conversation. They're trained to assist parties in working through difficult choices and decisions. Some jurisdictions require parties in a child custody case try mediation prior to litigation, but even if it's not mandatory it may help to consider mediation if you want to hash out your own divorce agreement but need some help with the negotiation process.
Another way to prepare for a child custody case is to collect evidence. The judge will be looking at the parenting ability and fitness of both parents to do what is in the best interests of the child. Evidence is important to show the history of each party's parenting track record and whether there is any history of abuse or violence.
If you have witnesses who might be able to provide information to the court, be ready to provide your Virginia child custody attorney with their names and contact information. It's a good idea to let those individuals know that they will be contacted by an attorney so that they are prepared.
Contacting a Virginia Child Custody Attorney
At Hofheimer Family Law Firm, we understand that the health and happiness of your children is your #1 concern. We will work with you to address any fears and anxieties you may have about your children’s future. Our women’s-only divorce attorneys will guide you every step of the way to ensure that you achieve the best possible child custody and child support arrangements for you and your children.