Because family law concerns directly affect the family, they represent a crucial area of the law. When your family or marriage is involved, it’s an important issue that requires the kind of careful legal attention that an experienced family law attorney in Newport News can offer.
Family law addresses nearly any matter that affects your marriage or your family, including the following:
Whatever concern you encounter, a dedicated family law attorney can help.
Many family law concerns also relate to divorce, such as child custody and visitation, child support, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. These are matters that affect your financial rights and your parental rights, which makes them especially important to your future and which makes having the professional legal guidance of a skilled family law attorney in your corner well advised.
Matters that relate to your children are obviously of primary concern, and in the State of Virginia, these matters are always predicated on the best interests of the children involved. Child custody is divided into both legal custody (who makes important decisions on behalf of the children) and physical custody (how the children divide their time between both of you). While either of these can be either sole or joint, the court rarely denies a parent some form of visitation (unless there is an important reason for not doing so). Because both parents are responsible for supporting their children financially, child support is calculated in accordance with each parent’s financial ability to pay.
Nobody enters into a marriage thinking they need an exit plan, but prenuptial agreements can play a critical role in marriage – especially in second marriages, in marriages involving children from previous relationships, and in marriages involving complicated separate assets (or any other complicating factor). A prenuptial agreement is a legal contract that serves as a blueprint for how assets will be distributed in the event of a divorce, which can help take considerable pressure off a married couple and in no way increases the risk that the couple will ultimately divorce.
Similarly, a postnuptial agreement is a legal contract that addresses the distribution of marital assets, but it isn’t executed until after the couple is married. As a marriage evolves, the financial landscape of the couple’s future does the same, and sometimes, a postnuptial agreement that protects each spouse’s financial rights makes sense.
If you are facing a family law concern, the accomplished family law attorneys at Mahoney Richmond Thurston, PLLC, in Newport News have the experience, drive, and resources to help you obtain a case resolution that works for you and your family. Your case is important, so please do not wait to contact us for more information about how we can help you today.