Was there something else?
Everyone turned to look at him at once and saw that Qiao Yanjue was speaking with a serious face.
“I heard that all you did was sever relations, but the custody is still with you, right?”
In this country, it was difficult to sever relations for real. It couldn’t be done unless the parents had committed a heinous crime.
Indeed, Xia Xibei and Xia Shahai had signed the relationship-severance letter, but these documents might not have sufficient legal effects. Besides, Xia Shahai still had her custody in his hands.
Xia Xibei did not think much of it previously. What she had really wanted was some help from the moral aspect.
When she got to a high position in the future, these documents would come into use. If Xia Shahai ever came to find trouble with her, people would condemn him.
Don’t think that legal effects were everything. Sometimes, verbal abuse and accusation from people could be much crueler than legal punishments.
Moreover, Xia Xibei hadn’t given much thought to her custody previously. After all, she would turn into an adult in a few months and would be able to make her own decisions by then.
However, what she hadn’t seen coming was that there really would be occasions before she reached adulthood on which she needed Xia Shahai’s signature.
Even though she would turn adult in a few months, that didn’t matter for now.
Hence, the custody was of great importance at this point.
Xia Xibei shot a look at Qiao Yanjue.
She couldn’t quite describe her feelings.
She hadn’t expected Qiao Yanjue to show up out of nowhere, even coming to her aid.
“The custody…” Xia Shahai was stunned for a moment, looking baffled. “I suppose it is?”
He wasn’t quite familiar with these things. it wasn’t like he had ever cared about Xia Xibei before.
Qiao Yanjue turned to look at the lawyer beside him.
The lawyer nodded, “As for her custody, we can operate it this way…”
In a nutshell, the custody could not be transferred to another person, but the custodian could change.
After listening to the lawyer’s explanation, Qiao Yanjue looked towards Xia Xibei.
“What do you think?”
Xia Xibei had mixed feelings, but she also understood that this was a very precious opportunity.
Her intention today was just to make what happened between her and Xia Shahai public, so that people would know that they were on bad terms.
As for the matter with the custody and a custodian… She would figure out a way to deal with it in the future.
Unexpectedly, Qiao Yanjue had intervened on her behalf.
“Alright,” she nodded. “Since we’re no longer related, the custodian has to change as well.”
“Sure,” Qiao Yanjue nodded, then gestured for the lawyer to continue speaking.
Xia Shahai finally got his head around it. They had come here today for Xia Xibei’s custody!
He had refused to sign for her in the past, but after the custodian was changed, he would no longer have any control over her.
Of course, Xia Xibei had complete control over him by now.
He was furious on the inside, but he couldn’t express it at all.
If he dared to object, he could face years of imprisonment!
Although Xia Xibei was seventeen years old, which made her very different from other orphans, there was still considerable room for maneuvering around the issue as far as the professionals were concerned.
Eventually, one of Qiao Yanjue’s aunts became Xia Xibei’s custodian.
The woman was nearly forty years old with no children and, having divorced a few years ago, was financially well-off.
Hence, she had no problem becoming Xia Xibei’s custodian.
Very soon, the lawyer had settled everything.
Looking at the signature that he had left on the paper, Xia Shahai felt kind of dazed.
So it was… Over and done with?
“Take care!” Qiao Yanjue shot him an ice-cold look. He did not regard him as Xia Xibei’s father at all.
Xia Shahai and Liu Lixin exchanged a glance, their faces ashen and pale.
Qiao Yanjue turned to look at Xia Xibei.
“I’ll take you to meet your custodian.”