In a divorce, whether in Virginia or anywhere in the United States, the children are usually the ones who are hit the hardest. While their parents fight over alimony and issues related to child support, the children often feel very lonely and disheartened. After considering all issues related to child custody and visitation plans a court will give prompt orders for any issue related to child custody that keeps the child's interests in mind.
The court issues orders this way because they are practical and just and they can help preserve the family's resources. While issuing a child custody order, the court always keeps the best interest of the child in mind and it ensures that the child is in constant touch with both parents and encourages them to play an active role in child upbringing. The court also allows either joint custody or sole custody, depending on the circumstances.
While handling child custody cases, the court will also order child support. Child support must be paid until a child reaches the age of 19 or graduates from high school. If a child custody order is at stake, the court can order a mental evaluation for the child in order to help determine what is in the best interest of the child.
In all cases related to child custody issues, the court insists that all orders must be followed to the letter. The court may also prevent a parent from filing any petition related to child custody issues for at least 10 years if that is in the child's best interest. If one of the parents is facing a felony charge, the court may choose to appoint a guardian immediately.
Custody issues can sometimes cause problems for the parents and children during dissolution and post-divorce. This is why it is important that these issues are addressed timely and properly. In order to address them appropriately, guidance should be obtained about their options and rights in the situation.
Source: State.VA.us, "Court-ordered custody and visitation arrangements," Accessed on Oct. 25, 2014