Principled Family Law Attorney Helping Greenville Clients with Child Custody & Support Cases
Despite what happened in your marriage or the reasons for your separation, South Carolina judges are obligated to award custody in support of what they perceive to be the best interests of the child or children in question. This is why it is imperative to put aside any contention with your soon-to-be-former spouse and focus on what you want for yourself and your children when this is all said and done. We can help you determine your parental goals and build a strategy for getting there.
Types of Custody
There are several ways custody is classified and what that means for one or both parents. They are as such:
- Legal custody: A parent with legal custody gets to have a say in important decisions for their children, including healthcare, academics, religious upbringing, etc.
- Physical custody: Parents with physical custody get to have their children live with them.
- Joint legal or physical custody: It is possible for both parents to be awarded either legal or physical custody, or both.
- Sole legal and/or physical custody: In other cases, a judge may decide to grant either or both types of custody to just one parent.
Determining Child Support
In general, parents who are not awarded custody will be ordered to pay some amount of child support to the parent who is tasked with the majority of the child-raising duties. This amount depends on your monthly income, past behavior, needs of the child (such as private tuition or a chronic health issue), and the standard of living before the divorce. We can help you understand what to expect.