The relationships between parents and children are often tested and changed through family law proceedings. In the short term, family law cases can include a lot of emotion and difficult changes. However, family law cases can be an important piece of rebuilding life in the long term, and a knowledgeable attorney is key to successful family law cases.
The most common areas to hire a family law attorney include divorce cases, custody hearings, child support hearings, and domestic violence trials.
- Divorce cases. In Virginia, divorce cases can be contested or uncontested. In a contested case, there is some disagreement between parties that must be resolved. In an uncontested case, both parties are willing and able to come to a mutual agreement. Divorce cases can be resolved quickly in as few as six months, but can also drag out for much longer.
- Custody hearings. During a divorce, if the question of who should have custody is not agreed upon by both parties, custody hearings may decide the best placement for a child. During a custody hearing, the availability of the parent, the relationship of the child with the parents, and the age and preference of the child are all among some of the factors considered.
- Child support hearings. After custody has been awarded, the question of child support is resolved. Child support is awarded on a case by case basis and takes into consideration the age of the child, the financial needs of the child, and the ability of the parent to pay the support. Additional child support hearings may occur if a parent fails to fulfill his or her support obligations or if there is a change in circumstances of the parents and/or the child.
- Domestic violence trials. In Virginia, any violence inflicted by a spouse, partner, parent, relative or close person to a child is usually considered family abuse. Once abuse has been proven in a court of law, an order may be handed down that requires the abusive person to stay physically removed from the home and the victim. Additional stipulations may be included that allow the abuser to have access to certain possessions or to finance a separate home for the rest of the family to live. These are all determined on a case by case basis.
These scenarios can become very confusing, very quickly. If you have any questions regarding your legal rights around any of these issues, contact an experienced and knowledgeable family lawyer. A lawyer can help you understand the laws in your state, determine what to expect during your case, identify what documents will be required, and help you each step of the way.
For more information about northern Virginia family law, contact divorce attorney Mariam Ebrahimi, Esq. today. Ms. Ebrahimi, Esq. has over fourteen years of experience in civil and criminal cases, and has worked with numerous family law cases.