This is the final post in my series explaining the why it is important for unmarried Virginia Beach parents to establish a custody plan and know their rights. I began this series because, unlike a couple who is divorcing, parents who were never married are not required to establish a custodial plan when they break up. While this may initially save time, money, and the aggravation of going to Court, even couples with the best of intentions often find themselves at odds when it comes to co-parenting. I wrote this series to urge couples to get a custodial plan ‘on the books’ before an issue arises that could lead to a nasty legal battle.
Throughout this series I have discussed topics including:
- The importance of establishing paternity for fathers not on the birth certificate
- Why unmarried parents need a custody order
- Discovery in a child custody case
- Co-parenting after a child custody trial
It is not my intention with this series to attempt to dissuade couples from working out their issues amongst themselves and establishing their own routine. To the contrary, it is admirable when a couple parts ways, but can come together and make decisions that are best for their child. However, it is naive to believe that disagreements will not arise over the course of a child’s lifetime. Establishing the basics such as child support, paternity, and a custody order protect both the mother and the father from unforeseen issues that could arise. It is impossible to predict how a parent may act should one person wish to remarry, relocate, or have an issue with the other parent’s parenting. By making a family’s parenting plan ‘official’ it saves a legal headache further down the road, should an issue come up.
If you have a child with an ex, and are not sure whether or not you need to file anything with the Court, I urge you to contact a Virginia Beach attorney today for a consultation. Amicable agreements can be filed very affordably, and can provide parents with a peace of mind. Contact my office today to speak with a Virginia Beach child custody attorney. We also service Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, as well as the surrounding counties of Northampton, Isle of Wight, York, and James City.