Child Custody

Child Custody

 Child Custody Attorney Serving Lexington & Columbia, SC 

Sandra D. Hebert, P.A. proudly serves the Lexington & Columbia, SC area. We are a practice with many years of experience in family law and child custody. Our goal is to help you in a time of need in the best way we can. It is never easy to have to make decisions regarding child custody. At Sandra D. Hebert, P.A., we are here to make that easier and help the best we can with your particular case. 

You can feel comfortable working with our experienced child custody and divorce lawyer. We know how important your family is to you, and we will do our job to take care of everything in the best way possible.

Knowing Child Custody Your Rights in South Carolina

The Basics of Child Custody

The parent with “custody” is the parent who has the most control over the child or children, including where they will live, what they will do daily, where they will attend school, what their religious upbringing will be, when they will visit the doctor, etc. However, under the South Carolina divorce law, neither parent has an automatic right to custody of the child(ren). 

In the past, the mother was typically chosen to have full custody of the children; however, today the court will award custody to whichever parent is the most fit to care for the children and their needs. Parents also do not need to prove the other parent unfit to care for the children in order to win the case.

In most cases, the non-custodial parent will still have visitation rights to the children, unless they pose a safety risk to the children. Both parents are meant to have a role in the children’s life, unless the judge feels that one parent may be bad for the child’s physical, mental, moral or emotional health.

South Carolina Child Support

After a divorce, South Carolina law holds both parents financially responsible for the care of their child or children. Child support is calculated based on specific guidelines. When deciding how much and if to award child support, the court will consider both parents’ gross income, child care costs, medical insurance costs, and much more. 

The court may ensure that payments are made by ordering the parent to submit payments (along with a collection fee) to the court clerk. A parent may also ask his or her employer whether they offer an automatic payroll deduction for child support payments. Many employers do this.

One important thing to remember about child support and custody is that the original agreement set forth by the court is not set in stone. If the parents’ or children’s circumstances greatly change, the order(s) may be revisited and adjusted at a later date.

Speak With Our Experienced Lawyers Today! 

When it comes to the custody of your children, you want nothing but the best for them. It's not always the easiest situation, but in the end, we will help you the best way possible. Our experienced child custody lawyers will work with our clients one-on-one to find the best resolution possible.

We know that this is a long and hard process. Let Sandra D. Hebert, P.A. make this as painless as possible for you and your family. If you live in the Lexington or Columbia, SC area, give us a call today! We will take care of your case!

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