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Knowing what to expect during a hearing for child custody

There are a variety of topics you may find it vital to address upon choosing to dissolve a marriage, and the decisions you make could have a lingering impact on your life. If you and the other person have children together, a portion of your focus may rest in taking every possible step to protect their needs.

Should negotiations for a parenting plan fail to prove fruitful, it might be up to the court to make the final decision regarding your child custody plan. Seeking insight on what to expect from a hearing for child custody could help place you in a better position to safeguard the well-being of your kids.

What to expect

Gaining a better understanding of Virginia state child custody laws could also help give you an idea of what to expect during your day in court. Some of the topics the court may cover during this hearing might include:

  • Type of arrangement: During the hearing, the court may ask questions about the type of arrangement you are seeking, and if you choose to request sole custody, you may bear the burden of proving why you feel this is the correct path.
  • Financial inquiries: The court may also ask questions about your ability to provide for your children’s financial needs, and these questions may also play a part in determining the possible presence of child support payments.
  • Ability to communicate: You may also encounter inquiries about your ability to communicate and cooperate with the other parent, and your ability to do so may influence the outcome of your hearing.
  • Previous agreements: If you and the other parent have any existing parenting plan schedules, the court may inquire about the aspects of the current arrangement to gauge what seems to be working and to identify any necessary adjustments.

As there may also be other topics to address, seeking insight on how to develop a strategy for your hearing could also play an integral role in preparing for what comes next.

Seeking advice

Understanding what will take place during a child custody hearing and knowing all your available parenting plan options could be exceedingly beneficial, but it can also be somewhat complex. Fortunately, you do not have to prepare for this process all on your own. Seeking guidance from someone with experience in such matters could prove essential to helping you develop a plan to seek the most favorable outcome achievable concerning the future of your kids during court proceedings.