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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.

“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.

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.

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.

Child custody, visitation, and support is an important part of the divorce process. But when an unmarried couple separates, arrangements for their children are often left up in the air. Parents should try their best to maintain a civil relationship with their former partner, for the sake of the child. However, even in an amicable, cooperative situation, setting up legal arrangements for your children is the best way to protect your parental rights. In this post, we answer some frequently asked questions about parental rights and child custody laws for unmarried couples.

You are in the midst of a contentious custody battle and you are dreading the upcoming holiday. Rather than talk about it with your spouse who is giving you the silent treatment, you opt to ignore the looming problem and decide instead to see how it goes. The holiday comes and you cannot come to an agreement with your spouse. You scream at each other in front of the kids that you both want the full day with them. You try to tell the kids that they will have the most fun during the holiday with you. This is detrimental both to your children and to your parenting relationship. So how should you behave?

Most people going through child custody cases are familiar with the term visitation and what it means for a parent or child in the situation. In most cases for a parent, it allows them to have time to visit with their child in order to promote a parent-child relationship. More recently, many jurisdictions have also included or considered creating grandparents’ visitation rights if it is in the best interests of the child. Far fewer people are familiar, however, with a much less known right that children, parents of the children and brothers and sisters hold. That right is known as sibling visitation rights.

Parenting time is a phrase that appears frequently during child custody disputes. At the beginning of a child custody case, parents are asked to submit a parenting time schedule. This is often an issue that many divorcing couples fight over while hearings are held to determine child custody. Even after an award of child custody, a parent may still ask for parenting time. In this article, we'll examine the differences between child custody and parenting time and help you understand the laws surrounding each.