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Resolving legal issues pertaining to child custody, child support, or modifying court orders requires the guidance of an experienced attorney in West Columbia.
With decades of experience under our belts, Moore Taylor Law Firm can quickly and efficiently guide you throughout the legal process. We will effectively fight for your best interests and help you get the results you need. Whether your child needs support, are contesting a child custody decision, want to change a court order regarding your child, or more, we can help you. Visit our office and discover why our child support lawyers in SC are the premier choice for countless individuals living throughout South Carolina.
What Are the Custody Laws in South Carolina?
In South Carolina, there are two types of child custody, which are known as legal custody and physical custody.
- Physical custody refers to where your child will spend the majority of their time. South Carolina courts generally prefer the child of a divorced couple to have stability in their life and not have to spend too much time switching from one parent to the other parent, which is why the court will most likely favor one over the other.
- Legal custody refers to the decision-making rights a parent has over the child in matters regarding things such as welfare, education, and healthcare. Courts are able to grant sole legal custody to just one parent but they typically like to have joint custody, when possible.
South Carolina laws do not presume the mother is a better parent than the father. According to S.C. Code § 63-5-30, when the parents are married, they are assumed to have full custody over the child. Under S.C. Code § 63-17-20, if the parents are unmarried, the mother gains sole custody until a court order is brought forward to settle custody.
When making a decision, the court will look at factors that are in your child’s best interests, including:
- Parental behavior
- Your child’s wishes
- Home environment
- The primary caregiver
- Relationship with the child
- Encouraging a relationship with the other parent
If you are fighting for the custody of your children, contact Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A. Our experienced custody lawyers in South Carolina are ready to help you.
South Carolina Child Support
Child support in this state is calculated using an official guideline, which takes into account numerous factors including the number of children and the parents’ gross income. Either parent is eligible to ask for a modification to their child support order until the obligation doesn’t exist any longer. As is the case with child custody orders, you can make a modification as long as you can display a substantial change in circumstances. Common changes in circumstances include a change in employment status, changes in your child’s needs, and changes in your housing status.
If you need help enforcing a child support order or feel that the amount you are required to provide is not calculated correctly, reach out to practiced child support lawyers in SC. Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A. is ready to answer your questions and guide you through any legal process that is necessary to resolve your matter quickly and efficiently.
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