Divorce is not only an emotional hurdle but is also a critical legal matter that will directly affect your rights as a parent and your finances. In other words, there is a lot at stake, and having an experienced divorce lawyer in Virginia Beach on your side can help make a significant difference in the resolution of your case.
A primary divorce concern is dividing the assets that you and your spouse acquired while you were married between you in a manner that is fair, given the circumstances. While your separate property is not factored into this division of marital property, maintaining the separate nature of assets over the course of a marriage can be exceptionally challenging.
Both physical and legal custody are addressed in your child custody arrangements, and this tends to be one of the most hotly contested divorce terms (along with the division of marital property).
Physical custody determines when the children are with you and when they are with their other parent. While your scheduling options are considerable, the basic choices come down to one of you becoming the primary custodial parent or both of you dividing your time with the kids more evenly.
Legal custody determines how you and your ex will address the matter of making primary parenting decisions on behalf of your children, such as the following:
You and your ex can tackle these together, or one of you can make the decisions on your own. Other options, however, include one of you having the ability to break a tie if you can’t – after a good faith effort – reach a consensus or splitting the responsibility according to the kind of decision being made.
Child support is the state’s way of ensuring that both of you participate in supporting your children financially. While there are many elements in the calculation process, the primary factors include the amount of time each of you has with the kids and the amount you both earn. Typically, the higher earner among you will have the child support obligation.
Alimony (called spousal support in Virginia) refers to payments made by one spouse to the other that are intended to address a divorce-related financial discrepancy. When one spouse is unable to support himself or herself financially, and the other has the ability to help, alimony that is designed to help the recipient achieve greater financial independence (generally through further education or the acquisition of additional job skills) may be ordered.
The seasoned divorce lawyers at Mahoney Richmond Thurston, PLLC, in Virginia Beach recognize the immensity of your divorce concerns and dedicate their impressive practice to skillfully advocating for your case’s best possible resolution. Your case is important, and we’re here to help – so please don’t wait to contact us for more information today.