family law charleston sc

Experienced Representation When You Need It The Most

One of the treasured joys of parenthood is being there to watch your child learn, grow and change over the years. Because of the profound effects that parental relocation has on both parents and children, the rules governing relocation are perhaps more nuanced than any other aspect of family law.

At Ballinger Law Firm, in Charleston, South Carolina, we recognize that the relocation of a custodial parent can be one of the most challenging issues our clients face. We approach parental relocation cases with an eye toward finding an acceptable solution and reducing conflict between the parties. Backed by more than 25 years of experience, we provide thoughtful and cost-effective assistance to parents seeking to relocate, as well as parents hoping to prevent relocation.

Resolving Parental Relocation Disputes Through Mediation And/Or Litigation

South Carolina courts resolve parental relocation issues based upon the best interest of the child, and the judge may consider many factors in making a final decision, including (but not limited to):

  • Each parent's reasons for seeking or opposing the move
  • The quality of the relationships between the child and each of the parents
  • The extent to which visitation rights have been allowed and exercised in the past
  • The impact of the move on the quality of the child's future contact with the noncustodial parent
  • The feasibility of preserving the relationship between the noncustodial parent and the child through suitable visitation arrangements
  • The degree to which the custodial parent's and the child's life may be enhanced economically, emotionally and educationally by the move
  • Whether the custodial parent will be likely to comply with any substitute visitation arrangements between the child and the noncustodial parent after the move has taken place
  • Whether the cost of transportation is financially affordable by one or both parents