A Strong Advocate For South Carolina Fathers
Standing up for fathers’ rights is not about being anti-mom or anti-female; it is about fighting for fairness, for an equal opportunity to remain an important part of your child’s life.
At the law firm of Beverly K. Ballinger, P.A., we help fathers understand their parental rights, voice their needs and demand fair treatment when it comes to parenting their children. We work closely with each client to understand the circumstances of his case and to help him maintain and grow his relationship with his child. Located in Charleston, South Carolina, we represent clients in the Tri-County area and throughout the Lowcountry.
Seeking Justice And Fair Treatment For Fathers
For years, the state of South Carolina followed the “Tender Years Doctrine,” which stated that mothers were preferred over fathers when awarding custody of young children. The Tender Years Doctrine was abolished in 1994 and can no longer be a factor in deciding child custody cases in South Carolina. Thus, there is no presumption in favor of the mother.
Under current South Carolina law, mothers and fathers are on equal footing and have equal rights when it comes to parenting their children and custody matters. Although South Carolina courts believe that a child’s best interests are served when he or she has a meaningful relationship with both parents, fathers often feel they are still at a disadvantage in custody proceedings or when trying to establish significant visitation with their children. Attorney Beverly K. Ballinger can help.
South Carolina courts make custody and visitation awards based upon the best interest of the child, and they consider numerous factors when making this significant decision. It is important to understand these factors and to gather the necessary facts to prove your side of the story. Backed by more than 25 years of experience, Beverly K. Ballinger is a seasoned fathers’ rights attorney who can help you discern which information and strategies can assist you in presenting a reasoned and persuasive custody argument to the court.