Columbia Visitation Lawyer
The Time You Spend with Your Child Matters
In South Carolina, the non-custodial parent has visitation rights, which
are usually decided during custody arrangements. The courts encourage
both parents to be active participants in their child's upbringing,
as this is integral to their healthy development. When children grow up
spending quality time with both parents, they are often better off mentally,
emotionally, and physically.
Even if the custodial parent is not receiving child support payments, he
or she still cannot deny the other parent the right to visitation. A refusal
to allow visitation can result in court-ordered punishments. Visitation
is only denied in cases where a parent poses a risk to the safety of the child.
Talk to our Columbia visitation attorneys about your visitation plan.
Reaching Reasonable Visitation Plans
At Carrie Warner, Attorney at Law, we recognize that every family is unique,
which is why we strive to deliver customized visitation plans that work
for your family. We take the time to understand your family's dynamics
and schedules, and work towards a plan that both parents can be happy with.
We can help you develop a thorough and effective visitation plan that takes
- Parenting time during the week, holidays, and school vacation breaks
- Whether visitation should be supervised
- Logistics during visitation
In some cases, the children's preferences may be taken into consideration
when creating a visitation plan. This also depends on the child's
perceived maturity, judgement, and age.
A type of visitation that could be implemented in South Carolina is "supervised
visitation". This is when a neutral 3rd party supervises a parent’s visit with the child. These types of
visitation orders are used in cases when 1) the child might not be safe
in that parent’s care, and 2) it is still in the child’s best
interest to have contact with that parent.
Oftentimes, there are costs associated with a supervised visitation since the 3rd parties or agencies that oversee the visit charge a fee. The parent who
is under supervision will need to cover these expenses.
Furthermore, these types of visitation orders are often temporary. They’re
placed on a case by case basis when needed, but if the judge determines
that the child is safe with the parent unsupervised, then the order for
supervision could be lifted.
If you have any questions regarding your visitation rights and how they
fit in with South Carolina visitation laws, don’t hesitate to contact
our firm. We will walk you through the process and help you take the necessary
steps for you and your child.
Call Carrie Warner, Attorney at Law for Trusted Guidance
We want what is best for your child and his or her long-term development.
In the event your visitation plan needs to be modified, our Columbia family
lawyer can also assist in helping you petition for modification and creating
a new plan for your family.
Contact our team at (803) 994-8171 to discuss your visitation needs and requests.