Child Custody Can Be Very Stressful
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Generally, the most emotional issue that must be resolved in divorce is child custody and visitation. Legal custody of a child refers to the legal right and responsibility to make important decisions regarding the child.
South Carolina custody laws recognize two types of custody arrangements: joint custody and sole custody. Joint custody requires both parents to cooperate and work together in all major decisions regarding their child(ren). Sole custody refers to one parent being given these rights and responsibilities.
Another term that is used is physical custody, which refers to the right to have possession of the child, including all caretaker responsibilities. Often joint physical custody is granted in order for both parents to share time with and care-taking responsibilities for the child(ren). These designations do not determine the amount of time the child spends with each party. This would be determined by a visitation schedule.
SECTION 63-15-210, of the South Carolina Code of Laws, defines both as (1) “Joint custody” means both parents have equal rights and responsibilities for major decisions concerning the child, including the child’s education, medical and dental care, extracurricular activities, and religious training; however, a judge may designate one parent to have sole authority to make specific, identified decisions while both parents retain equal rights and responsibilities for all other decisions and (2) “Sole custody” means a person, including, but not limited to, a parent who has temporary or permanent custody of a child and, unless otherwise provided for by court order, the rights and responsibilities for major decisions concerning the child, including the child’s education, medical and dental care, extracurricular activities, and religious training.
We strive to create parenting plans, a visitation schedule, and secure a custodial arrangement that is in the best interest of our client.