Columbia Child Custody Attorney
The "best interest" of the child is the standard utilized under
South Carolina law in making a determination for child custody and visitation.
Courts must weigh a variety of 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 with the goal of avoiding 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 with it unique
circumstances and scenarios that may affect any given outcome. We would
be happy to discuss the details of your child custody plan and what goals
you may have.
Tell us about your child custody goals in a
personalized consultation: (803) 994-8171.
Factors That Affect Parenting 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 include:
- The geographic location of each parent (in state, out of state, or out
- 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 can mutually agree upon their children's living arrangements,
the family unit is preserved as much as possible, and it frees the parties
from the emotional turmoil that comes with contentious custody battles.
Although our law firm fights aggressively and vigorously on behalf of
our clients when needed, the value of amicable negotiations for child
custody matters cannot be understated.
Can I Make Changes to a Previous Custody Arrangement?
Depending on the situation, a modification of a child custody order 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 in order 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 - whether through negotiation,
litigation or modification - please contact our Columbia family lawyer
at Carrie Warner, Attorney at Law.
You can reach us by
calling (803) 994-8171 or using our
online contact form.