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What could be asked at a custody hearing?

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2022 | Child Custody |

It can be difficult for most children when they witness their parents’ marriage ending. In Virginia when parents can’t agree on child custody issues, a family court judge will decide for them. A judge will want to know everything there is to know about the situation before making a custody decision, and parents must be prepared to answer each question succinctly and truthfully. Depending on the answers to those questions and other evidence that may be presented, a judge will decide based on what he or she believes to be in the best interests of the children. 

It’s going to get personal  

These questions could be very personal and could involve personal relationships and financial aspects of each parent, so parents must be prepared for those probing questions. A judge wants to know that the children will be cared for physically and emotionally. Is there enough to meet the needs of children, will they have proper shelter and adequate food, and will they get proper health care? Parents have to be prepared to be transparent when it comes to their finances, their living conditions and their state of mind, among other things. 

Types of custody 

Parents usually head to court knowing what type of custody they’re seeking. Each might be wanting sole or joint custody. Most family court judges prefer joint custody, allowing kids to have relationships with each parent since it has been shown this is the ideal situation for children to best thrive. If a parent is seeking sole custody, he or she needs to be able to provide proof why the children would be better off with him or her rather than with both parents. The judge will also want to know what type of arrangement is currently in place. 

Child custody is one of the most important aspects of a divorce. When a family court judge in Virginia makes a ruling on these matters, it can be emotionally heartbreaking. Each parent may find the process much less mentally taxing with independent legal guidance from a lawyer experienced in family law