Divorce is often a devastating experience for the entire family. Not only are both former spouses affected for the rest of their lives financially, emotionally, and in many other ways, but their relations and mutual friends are also included in the âblast radiusâ of a divorce.
Children, of course, often bear the brunt of the negative aspects of a divorce. Custody is often a bitter issue between spouses in a divorce, made worse by certain assumptions people make about it. If you need advice on child custody in Norfolk VA practicing attorneys like Linda Shin at Cedar Law Center offer the advice you need to keep your understanding and expectations on track and to set straight inaccurate assumptions like:
- Physically caring for a child is the same as having custody. This is incorrect; even if you are the primary caregiver for a child, if a previous court order gave physical custody of the child to the other parent, you may still be subject to the terms of the previous order when it comes to child support and other issues that you may not have thought about.
- Custody is necessary to get child support. This is partially true. If custody changes from one parent to the other, but back child support is owed to the first parent, the second parent will have to keep paying until the back balance is paid off. Itâs also untrue that a hearing about custody of the child will automatically include child support. While the two issues are usually considered together by a judge, they are not directly tied to each other.
- A custody order is required. Also untrue. A divorcing couple can come up with their own informal arrangements for their children which will be perfectly legal as long as the childâs best interests are being served. In these cases, the court never renders a judgment on the question of custody at all.
You need advice on child custody in Norfolk VA, call attorney Linda Shin today at 757-490-7802 for an appointment or to find out about educational seminars that will help you understand custody in the Commonwealth of Virginia âitâs in everyoneâs best interests that you do so.