If you are facing a divorce, you have plenty of obstacles ahead – but moving forward with your thoughts trained on resolving your divorce terms as effectively and efficiently as possible is an excellent approach to take. Fortunately, an experienced divorce attorney in Hampton Roads can help you make the right divorce decisions for you throughout the legal process (while helping you focus on protecting your financial and parental rights).
Your divorce will not include the same exact terms that any other Virginia divorce does, but the same basic categories of divorce terms apply across the board (as applicable), including:
Exploring each divorce term more fully can help.
In the State of Virginia, child custody is divided into both legal and physical custody. Legal custody determines who will be making the important parenting decisions on behalf of your children post-divorce, and you and your ex can share this responsibility, one of you can take sole responsibility, or you can divide the responsibility between you according to the kind of decision that is being made.
Physical custody, on the other hand, relates to how you and your children’s other parent will be splitting your parenting time moving forward. The options include one of you becoming the primary custodial parent (who has the children the majority of the time) or both of you sharing your time with the kids more evenly.
Virginia deems both parents responsible for supporting their children financially, and state guidelines determine who pays child support – and how much. Generally, the higher earner among you will have the child support responsibility (even if you split your parenting time evenly).
Alimony only plays a role in those divorces that leave one spouse facing divorce-related financial upheaval (when the other spouse has the financial means to help). Whether or not alimony is appropriate and if so, its amount and duration are based on a variety of factors that are deemed relevant by the court.
The properties and other assets that you acquire over the course of your marriage are considered marital property, and if you divorce, they need to be divided in an equitable manner, which means they must be distributed between you in a way that is fair (when the relevant circumstances are taken into careful consideration). Along with child custody concerns, those related to the division of your marital property have the potential to become the most hotly contested in your divorce.
The accomplished Hampton Roads divorce attorneys at Mahoney Richmond Thurston, PLLC, recognize the serious nature of your case and dedicate their practice to helping clients like you obtain divorce terms that not only protect their legal rights but also serve them well. For more information, please don’t wait to contact us today.