In 2020, many Virginia parents will file for divorce. Those doing so may find themselves entangled in legal proceedings regarding child custody issues. In this state, rulings on such issues are handed down in a Juvenile Domestic Relations District Court. While the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) promotes uniformity across the country, every state has its own guidelines and regulations regarding such matters as well.
Virginia parents who have recently navigated divorce may be worried about the upcoming holiday season. Especially if the co-parents in question tend to disagree about child custody issues, finding a "new normal" for how a particular family celebrates holidays and special occasions after divorce may be quite challenging. Holidays can be stressful even for married couples, so when a marriage breaks up, parents are wise to try to agree on a plan that keeps children's best interests in mind and stress levels as low as possible.
When Virginia couples divorce, they must resolve a number of issues before the court can issue a final decree. Such issues typically refer to property division matters, as well as alimony, child support (if spouses have children) and child custody topics. The latter can spark contention between spouses if they disagree about what is best for their children.
When you decided to divorce, you knew it would have an impact on your children's lives. You also believed that there wasn't any reason the temporary disruption would necessarily ruin their lives, only change them and prompt the need for a period of adjustment as you and they adapt to a new lifestyle. In a perfect world, you and your ex would agree on all child custody issues and a Virginia family court judge would approve your agreement, then everyone could simply leave the past behind and move on in life.
Filing for divorce can leave spouses facing many worries. What will their financial future look like? Where will they live?