Divorce represents a challenging journey forward that can incorporate surprising twists and turns along the way. The best way to help expedite the process and to help ensure that your financial and parental rights are not trampled is by having an experienced divorce lawyer in the 23462 zip code area on your side.
It can be next to impossible to predict exactly how your divorce will ultimately be resolved – prior to that happening – but there are specific certainties that you must face. If you and your divorcing spouse share children, you will need to resolve your child custody arrangements, which include both legal and physical custody, and the matter of child support. Further, the things of value you acquired during your marriage will need to be divided between you fairly, and the issue of alimony may need to be considered.
You will need to resolve both legal and physical custody of your children. Legal custody refers to the matter of how you and your ex will address primary parenting decisions, such as those related to the following:
Physical custody settles the matter of when your children will be with you and when they will be with your ex. While you can get as detailed and creative as you would like with your parenting time schedule, physical custody generally falls into one of two categories that include:
Child support helps to balance your children’s financial support between you and their other parent, and it is calculated in accordance with exacting state guidelines. The amount of child support is determined in relation to each parent’s earnings and to the amount either parent contributes – in terms of daycare costs or healthcare expenses, for example. Who has the child support obligation is typically a matter of which parent is the higher earner, and this is the case even when both parents split physical custody evenly.
The division of marital property in Virginia is based on a wide range of factors, but it comes down to a fair division of the assets acquired between you over the course of your marriage. Determining what is fair in this context can be exceptionally challenging.
If divorce leaves one of you unable to support yourself financially and leaves the other with the means to provide financial assistance, alimony may be in order.
The practiced divorce lawyers in the 23462 zip code at Mahoney Richmond Thurston, PLLC recognize how important the terms of your divorce are to you and your children’s future and, as a result, channel the full force of their impressive experience in every case they take on. We are on your side and here to help, so please don’t wait to contact us for more information today.