Divorces can be complex. They encompass many factors, such as property division, alimony, child support, and child custody. Of those, child custody can be the most contentious one to deal with. Sadly, children are often used as pawns in a divorce. One parent may pit the children against the other parent, causing parental alienation and other effects.
It can be hard for parents to agree on child custody. Because of this, many cases go to court. Having to deal with this topic in court can be a frightening experience, especially if you have never been to court. The good thing is that your lawyer can help you prepare. Here is what to expect in a child custody case.
Just like anything else, preparation is key in court. There are several things you’ll need to have ready:
Court cases in a movie may seem intimidating, but a real court case is not as large. Family law cases are not as adversarial, so the setting is much smaller. Only a few people will be in the courtroom.
Family law judges see many court cases on a daily basis. Because of this, time is limited, so do not expect your case to take hours. You will not get long to prove your case, so work with your lawyer on being short and sweet. Being concise will go a long way in a child custody case.
After you and the other parent have presented your cases in court, the judge will render their decision right away. This is good news, especially if you are impatient and do not like to wait. The judge will make a decision based on the child’s best interests. While many cases receive an immediate decision, there are some cases where the judge will want to review the case further and make a ruling at a later period.
Nobody wants to go to court, but you may have to in order to determine custody of your child. By knowing what to expect, you can feel more relaxed about the process.
Count on the team at Virginia Family Law Center to help you prepare for your custody case. We have more than 30 years of legal experience, so you can trust us to resolve your family law concerns. Schedule a telephone consultation today. Call (703) 865-5839 or fill out the online form.
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