Preparing For Your Virginia Child Custody Hearing

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 by Hofheimer Family Law

Being a litigant in a Virginia child custody case can throw even the strongest woman into a tailspin of anxiety.

You want nothing more than to have your child with you as much as possible. This is especially true if you and your ex-spouse don’t get along and you have objections to his lifestyle choices or childrearing methods.

The first thing to remember when you’re approaching your Virginia child custody hearing-whether this is your first time, or in an effort to receive a re-review of your custody arrangements-is to remain calm and focused. Listed below are tips to keep in mind before your Virginia child custody hearing:

  • Keep documentation of incidents and issues that make you worry about your ex’s fitness as a parent.
  • If a Virginia court has granted your ex visitation or custody of some type, do not try to remove your child from his care illegally. Doing so can cause serious problems for your case. Involve the police only if you genuinely believe that your ex is abusing or endangering your child.
  • Because of the emotionally sensitive nature of Virginia child custody battles, you might be tempted to make false or trumped-up accusations against your ex-spouse. This will only harm your case and must be avoided at all costs.
  • Collect whatever information you can to support your case, but don’t twist the facts. Being honest gives you the best chance of getting a favorable outcome for your case.

Whether you’re seeking an initial custody ruling or want to modify a Virginia child custody arrangement, your Virginia child custody attorney is your best ally. Your attorney will advise and guide you throughout the process and will fight for your rights.

At Hofheimer Family Law Firm, we understand that the health and happiness of your children is your #1 concern. We will work with you to address any fears and anxieties you may have about your children’s future. Our women’s-only divorce attorneys will guide you every step of the way to advocate that you achieve the best possible child custody and child support arrangements for you and your children.

To learn more about your Virginia divorce, request a FREE copy of our guide, What Every Virginia Woman Should Know About Divorce, or reserve your seat at our monthly divorce seminar – 757-425-5200.