In many divorces, child custody and parenting time issues are the most heated and emotional topics for the parties involved. Ballinger Law Firm takes a balanced, calm approach to difficult child custody issues. We use negotiation, mediation, and litigation to help clients in Charleston, South Carolina, and throughout the Tri-County area and the rest of the Lowcountry, to create custody agreements and visitation schedules that provide parents and children with a sense of security and peace.
It is possible to arrange a custody plan that involves any combination of physical and legal custody. For example, parents often share joint legal custody, while one parent has primary physical custody and the other has ample visitation (also known as “parenting time”). A visitation schedule can be as specific as the parties desire and can detail where the child spends weekends and holidays, and how the child will be transported from one parent to the other.
South Carolina courts determine custody based upon the “best interests of the child” standard. In most families, both parents want what is in the best interests of their child, but a definition of those best interests may differ from one parent to the other. Factors a court may consider in determining the best interests of the child between biological parents include: