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Greenville Child Custody Attorney

Making Your Fight for Parental Rights Easier

During a heated divorce, it’s often difficult for parents to protect their rights and ensure the child’s best interests at the same time. As a certified mediator and family law attorney serving clients throughout Greenville, David W. Martin Attorney at Law, LLC can provide the dedicated support you need during a child custody battle. Whether you and your spouse agree on child custody matters or have many areas of disagreement, our child custody lawyer David Martin will strive to reach an arrangement that works for you and your family.

We offer consultations. Call (803) 590-1958 to get in touch with our family law firm today.

Understanding Physical vs. Legal Custody

Every state handles child custody and visitation rights in a different way. In the state of South Carolina, there are two main types of child custody to consider: legal custody and physical custody. Where legal custody refers to the parental right to make decisions about education, health care, and welfare for your child, physical custody refers to living arrangements and visitation schedules.

As a general rule, family courts will try to avoid revoking legal or physical custody for either parent, unless it is in the child’s best interest for them to do so. Joint custody is preferred, but the parenting schedule usually isn’t split exactly in half. Instead, the judge will review a list of factors and determine which parent will be the primary “custodial parent,” and which parent will have visitation rights.

Courts will determine custody based on the following factors:

  • The fitness of each parent to care for a child
  • The quality of the child’s current home environment
  • History of violence or abuse from either parent
  • Proximity to school, healthcare facilities, and other necessities
  • The child’s preference and relationship with each parent (when applicable)

Helping You Create a Strong Custody Plan

Although the courts can and will rule on child custody arrangements, it’s usually preferred for the parents to come to an agreement on their own. This can either be accomplished through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) strategies such as mediation, or through conventional court proceedings.

David W. Martin Attorney at Law, LLC recognizes how difficult it can be to create an effective child custody plan that works for your entire family. Our Greenville child custody lawyer will work to help you reduce the stress for yourself and your children – and create a smoother transition during divorce proceedings.

Call (803) 590-1958 or contact us onlineto schedule a consultation today.

No Matter the Issue,

Our Team is Prepared to Help
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