Child custody and support arrangements in West Virginia can be complicated if you, as a father, are not legally recognized by the state as the father of your child. Under some circumstances, such as having a child out of wedlock, state law might not acknowledge you as your child’s father. Once your relationship is formally established, you can confer important financial and inheritance benefits to your child, even in the event you pass away.
Life can throw some nasty curveballs, which can include the sudden loss of a job or a physical disability resulting from an automobile accident that makes it difficult to earn income. If your financial fortunes have taken a turn for the worse and you are currently paying child support, you should modify your child support payments in a West Virginia court as soon as you can to adjust to your new status.
At Herrenkohl Law Office, we take pride in the fact that we work hard to achieve our clients' goals. We believe that we are some of the toughest divorce lawyers in West Virginia. However, determination alone is not enough to succeed — we also need to truly understand our clients' goals.
If you are getting a divorce and have children, then you will have to figure out custody arrangements. If you and your spouse cannot decide these arrangements on your own, then the court will get involved. When the court makes custody decisions, as explained by the West Virginia Legislature, they do so based on what is in the best interests of the child.
At Herrenkohl Law Office, we know that the child custody portion of a divorce is the first priority of many people in West Virginia. Our clients' children are almost always considered before liquid asset division, real estate decisions or even spousal support agreements.