How Does South Carolina Family Courts Determine Child Custody?

When parents separate or divorce, they must have a child custody order. This order will lay out how much time a child will spend with each parent and who can make major decisions about a child's life. These agreements are difficult to change after creation, and they can have a huge impact on both a child and parent's life.

At The Law Office of Grover Beau Seaton, our Moncks Corner firm fights to get parents the best possible outcome for their child support disputes. Our family lawyer can give you a reasonable idea of what you can expect from your child custody case. You can call 843-761-3840 to schedule your first meeting at our firm.

Understanding How The Family Court Makes Decision

A judge will weigh many aspects when determining who receives custody in your case. In the family court, both divorcing parents must present evidence on why they are the best fit for primary custody. The South Carolina family courts prioritize arrangements that are in the best interests of children.

The court uses many factors when deciding custody, including:

  • Each parent's relationship with their child
  • The ability for each parent to provide a secure and safe home
  • The child's preference if they are 12 years or older
  • A parent's ability to encourage a positive parent-child relationship with the other parent
  • Any history of abuse, neglect or manipulative behaviors
  • Each parent's mental and physical health
  • If a parent wants to raise their child

After a court establishes a child custody order, they often hesitate to modify it. Our firm assists parents who want to change or enforce their order. Attorney Seaton will work with you to understand your goals, and he will fight for you in the courtroom.

Call Us To Get Help With Your Child Custody Order

Our attorney understands that protecting your family is your highest priority. Call us now at 843-761-3840 to schedule your first meeting at our firm. You can also send us a message to set up a consultation.