Hampton, VA asked in Child Custody for Virginia

Q: Reference Custody and Visitation. I went to court on December 14, 2021, when does a custody order go into effect?

Our original order went into effect June 2020, and advised drop offs and pick ups are to occur at my parents place. My amendment requests a new location, among 12 other changes. The Guardian Ad Litem suggested a location, and now my ex-husband files paperwork every time I do not do exchanges at the place the GAL suggested. I believe the new suggested location will be added to the new order, but I have not received any paperwork.

Within the last two days, our Guardian Ad Litem sent me an email advising the new custody order went into place and became effective on December 14, 2021, the day we had court. Which is extremely confusing because we did not have anything finalized, nor a location for drop offs and pick ups, until recently. Over all I'm confused, and want to make sure I have not violated my custody agreement by following my old order until the new paperwork comes in.

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Sonja Aoun
Sonja Aoun
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Tysons Corner, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: This type of confusion happens frequently after a hearing. Did you have an attorney? If so, please ask the attorney who has been representing you for clarity. Often someone has asked the judge when the order takes effect. If no date is specified, the usual default is that once a judge has made his or her ruling, it takes effect immediately, even if no order has been entered yet. If you're still uncertain what your obligations are, talking to to an attorney, with a copy of the transcript of the court's ruling, is advisable.

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