Child Custody

"It is a wise father that knows his own child." ~William Shakespeare The United States' first Father's Day was celebrated in 1910. In our culture, the role of fathers has changed over the years. Approximately 6 out of 10 men are fathers. That is about 70 million dads in the U.S. Among all stay-at-home parents, 16% are fathers. Even if the father is not a stay-at-home dad, "fathers who live with their children have become more involved in their children's lives than previous generations" according to the CDC. A father's involvement has been shown to have a positive effect on children and their wellbeing: (1) Reducing the chances of delinquency and substance abuse, and (2) Increasing the chances of academic success.

When meeting with a South Carolina Child Support Lawyer for the first time, there are a lot of questions you will likely want to ask. But you should also be prepared to bring a lot of documents and information with you, as these will help your attorney efficiently work through your situation and give you a more accurate picture of what child support you may owe. Here are some of the more important documents and information you will need for child support.

For decades, it was taken for granted that men fared worse in divorce than women, especially when it came to obtaining custody or visitation time with children. And for many years these assumptions seemed to hold true. Recent research, however, is showing that times may be changing in this respect. South Carolina child custody lawyers are seeing more fathers fight for custody than ever before. Courts are starting to acknowledge the benefits of involved fathers in children’s lives.

As if going through a divorce with children wasn’t bad enough, many parents are rightfully concerned that their small children will be put in the horrible position of being forced to “choose” between mom and dad. They wonder – can a child testify in a custody hearing? – While picturing a small child being put on the stand with a judge in a black robe having them sworn in to testify under oath. Fortunately, this is just not how it works in real life. Experienced Mt. Pleasant custody lawyers can often help dispel these myths and give peace of mind to those who are facing a painful custody dispute.

“If she won’t let me see my kid, then I shouldn’t have to pay child support!”  This common refrain may be among the top two or three remarks that most family law attorneys hear when handling child support and visitation matters. This is perhaps only tied by “If he won’t pay his child support, then he shouldn’t get to see his child!”  While these seem like logical statements, they both miss a very important element of the law. In short, these are both incorrect. Here is why.

Divorcing couples hear the phrase often from attorneys and judges: “the best interests of the child.” But what exactly does this mean? Clearly, most parents feel they are acting in their children’s best interests, even if opinions may vary widely between disputing sides.  Indeed, most divorces involve couples who cannot agree on things. After all, that’s probably part of why they are getting divorced. When a judge says that a decision is being based on the best interests of the child in custody cases, many parents experience frustration and confusion.

A Child Support Order is a legal court document that requires the parties to comply with its terms. Violating a Support Order can result in steep fines, interest charges, and even the loss of numerous privileges, such as your driver’s license. In extreme cases, it can result in jail time for the offender. This is why it is so important to know your rights and get experienced legal help before trying to represent yourself in a divorce or child support action in South Carolina. If you are being sued for child support arrears or facing garnishment of your wages, you need to contact a child support attorney who can fight to protect your rights. Here are just a few important considerations and potential reasons to modify child support that everyone should know.

It’s an unfortunate yet common scenario. A married couple lives in one place, but when the marriage goes south, one of the spouses leaves the state with the kids and files for divorce in the new state. This can make an already tense and stressful event even scarier, especially when children are involved. No doubt, there are a lot of factors that can make a difference in how a case turns out, but there is good news. Usually, a person cannot leave the marital home and attempt to avail himself or herself of another state’s divorce courts as a strategy for putting the non-relocating spouse at a disadvantage. Here’s what you need to know about divorce living in different states.

Parental alienation occurs when a parent undermines or attempts to erode their child’s relationship with the other parent. This practice is unfortunately common—especially during a divorce—and it can be difficult to put an end to it. Although many parents are unintentionally guilty of parental alienation, it can have serious ramifications regardless of intent. Learn the signs of parental alienation and what you can do in the situation.

New research from Wake Forest University on the best child custody arrangements confirms what parents and psychologists have predicted all along: children fare better when their parents share custody. Currently, about 80 percent of child custody cases in South Carolina and across the U.S. award full custody to the mother, with visitation rights (parenting time) granted to the father. The logic behind this arrangement is that co-parenting often creates too much conflict for divorced parents, which in turn is harmful to the child. Recent research is challenging this notion.