South Carolina Child Custody Lawyers
Child custody can be one of the most contentious issues in a divorce. Our family law attorneys at Uricchio, Howe, Krell, Jacobson, Toporek & Keith P.A., always let clients know that they will be working in the best interests of the children in a custody matter. We educate clients about those interests and about the assumptions of the courts. This allows our clients to be in full partnership with our attorneys as we seek custody arrangements that work and that are in the children’s best interests.
Custody disputes sometimes require experts
In South Carolina, the courts prefer custody awards that allow both parents to be fully involved in their children’s lives. This means that efforts to prevent the other parent from obtaining custody or receiving reasonable visitation must be supported by relevant facts. If there is a dispute alleging abuse, the court will probably appoint a guardian ad litem. This is someone who will represent the child and determine whether abuse is occurring. The court may consult with a psychiatrist to determine the effect of abuse or other problems on the child or the family as a whole.
Mediation is a valuable tool to resolve custody problems
In many cases, the courts encourage mediation to resolve child custody disputes. Our law firm can arrange to hire a skilled mediator and will represent you during the process. Using mediation is often less stressful, less expensive and faster than traditional litigation. These are good reasons to try mediation to address custody problems.
Modifications of child custody
Custody is modifiable. This means that if there is a significant change, such as remarriage, moving out of state or a job change that requires alterations to the visitation schedule, the court will consider a request to modify the original custody order. If the parent with legal custody is jailed or develops a substance abuse problem, the courts will consider emergency modification petitions. Our attorneys represent parents seeking modifications as well as parents opposing the proposed change.
The usual custody arrangement in South Carolina is that one parent receives primary custody and the other is awarded reasonable parenting time. However, there are many variations. Our lawyers will work with you to determine what is best for you and your child. Contact us at (843) 723-7491 to learn more.