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Child Custody Attorney

Child Custody disputes are never easy on families. The emotions involved when it comes to your children can make any disagreements over custody very stressful. Nathan Sheldon will work hard to achieve the custody results you want, while helping you make good decisions during a very difficult time.

For help with a child custody case, please call us at 803-909-9343 to schedule a consultation.

Child Custody Laws in South Carolina

In South Carolina, child custody rulings are never final, as long as the child is under the age of 18. Significant changes in the living environment of either parent could result in a change in child custody. Family court judges can modify some parts of a custody agreement (such as visitation) or change which parent has custody. Judges must decide child custody disputes based on the best interests of the child. They may require a variety of evidence from each parent about their living situation and ability to provide a safe environment for the child. Family court judges consider a number of factors in determining the best interest of the child, including behavior of each parent and ability to provide a good living environment.

Since 1995, South Carolina law has required men and women to be treated equally in custody cases. In 2012, a new law was passed mandating that family court judges consider joint custody if one of the parents requests it. In joint custody arrangements, both parents share responsibility for making major decisions in the child’s life, such as what school they should attend, what medical care they need and what religious training they should have.

Visitation Rights

Custody is not the only way you can see your children. Visitation is considered a right of parents unless the court had determined otherwise. Disagreement over the time, place or length of visits can cause conflicts that may need to be resolved in court. If you are experiencing a conflict over visitation and need legal advice, please contact us to schedule a consultation.