Columbia Child Custody Attorney
The "best interest" of the child is the standard utilized under
South Carolina law in determining child custody and visitation.
divorce cases and cases of unmarried or separated parents, courts must weigh various
factors and circumstances in determining which parent or caregiver can
best meet the child's physical, psychological, emotional, and general
well-being and needs. Typically,
visitation schedules for the noncustodial parent are set to avoid continued shuffling of children
between parent households and to avoid disruption in the children's
schedules and routines.
However, each child custody dispute is unique, bringing unique circumstances
and scenarios that may affect any outcome. Our Columbia child custody and
divorce modifications lawyer,
Carrie Warner, would be happy to discuss the details of your case and help you achieve
your custody goals.
Tell our Columbia Child Custody Attorney about your child custody goals in a
personalized consultation: (803) 994-8171.
Factors Affecting Child Custody Time Plans
Our experienced Columbia child custody lawyers at Carrie Warner, Attorney
at Law are familiar with the laws that may affect your case. We are frank
and upfront with our clients so that each client is familiar with what
obstacles they must overcome.
Factors that may influence child custody decisions in Columbia include:
- The geographic location of each parent (in-state, out-of-state, or out
of the country)
- Stability in the custodial parent's home
- The abilities of each parent to meet the child's emotional, physical,
and other needs
- The mental and moral fitness of each parent
- Whether there is, or has been, violence in the home
How Negotiations Can Help
When both parents mutually agree upon their children's living arrangements,
the family unit is preserved as much as possible. It frees the parties
from the emotional turmoil of contentious custody battles. Although our
Comumbia child custody attorneys fight aggressively and vigorously on
behalf of our clients when needed, the value of amicable negotiations
for child custody matters cannot be understated.
Can a Mother Move a Child Away From the Father in South Carolina?
A mother can move a child away from the father in South Carolina, but she
must first get permission from the court. If the mother does not get permission
from the court, the father can file a motion to prevent the move.
The court will then decide whether the relocation is in the child's
best interests. If the court finds that the move is in the child's
best interests, it will issue an order allowing the mother to move. However,
if the judge finds that the relocation is not in the child's best
interests, it will issue an order preventing the move.
At What Age Can a Child Choose Which Parent to Live With in SC?
In South Carolina, a child can choose which parent to live with when they
are 14 years old or older.
The court may consider the child's preference if the child is 12 or
13, but it is not a controlling factor. Instead, the court will weigh
the child's preference against other factors, such as the children's
relationship with each parent, the stability of each parent's home
environment, and the willingness and ability of each parent to meet the
If the child is younger than 12, the judge will not consider the child's
preference. Instead, the judge will decide based on what they believe
is in the child's best interests.
What is the Most Common Custody Arrangement in SC?
The most common custody arrangement in South Carolina is joint physical
custody. This arrangement means that the child lives with both parents
for significant periods. In some cases, the child may live with one parent
for more of the time but still have regular visits with the other parent.
Joint physical custody is generally in the child's best interests.
This arrangement allows the child to maintain a close relationship with
both parents. It also provides the children stability and continuity,
even though their parents no longer live together.
However, joint physical custody is only sometimes possible or desirable.
Sometimes, one parent may be unable or unwilling to care for the child
for significant periods. In other cases, the parents may need help cooperating
effectively in childcare decisions.
If the parents cannot agree on a custody arrangement, the court will decide
based on the child's best interests. The judge will contemplate many
factors, including the child's age, the child's wishes, the parent's
parenting skills, and the parent's ability to cooperate.
Our child custody attorney can help you understand your rights and can
help you negotiate a custody arrangement that is in your children's
Can I Make Changes to a Previous Custody Arrangement?
Depending on the situation, a child custody order modification can occur
if there has been a change in circumstances since the time of the order.
A change that could warrant a modification might be the parent with partial
custody finding gainful employment and petitioning the court to have more
visitation time or even joint custody of the child. Conversely, a parent
might seek full custody of a child to protect them from a parent that
could now be considered a danger to the child's well-being. Our dedicated
legal team has represented many parents facing a variety of scenarios
in custody modifications.
To learn more about your child custody options under
SC family law - whether through negotiation, litigation, or modification - please
contact our Columbia chlid custody lawyer at Carrie Warner, Attorney at Law.
You can reach us by
calling (803) 994-8171 or using our
online contact form.