Joint Custody Tag

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.

Parents have a significant responsibility when it comes to the health, welfare, and upbringing of their children. They not only have a moral duty to do right by their children, but also a legal obligation to ensure that the children have access to a safe home, food, clothes, and education, among other rights that go beyond the provision of basic necessities for children. Though the law makes the responsibility of the parents extremely clear for the provision of basic needs, there can be significant issues when the parents must decide on who the child may be in contact with, whether religion will be brought into the home, and what the best medical decisions should be for a child. Sometimes, in the case of medical decisions, medical professionals make a decision for the parents, which can leave parents feeling like their rights have been stripped away from them.

Nothing is closer to the heart of a parent than deciding how to raise a child within the home. The upbringing of a child is so imperative that the law reflects this parental right to decide how to bring up your child. Parental rights, within the United States, are fundamental, and before a parent may have his or her rights terminated by the government, or before the government may interfere in right of the parent to choose the best approach for raising a child, the onus is on the government to prove that there is an outweighing reason for not permitting the parent to raise the child in his or her own way. Usually, the government’s interest in interfering with a parent’s right to raise a child is based largely on suspected or actual harm or injury of that child based on the parent’s action.