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Child Custody

Ensure your children are kept at peace during this difficult time.

Ensure your children are kept at peace during this difficult time.

Hire an attorney who understands North & South Carolina custody matters fully.

At Anderson Law Firm we work hard to ensure that all parties remember that the real focus in any custody dispute is the child. We work with parents in South Carolina and North Carolina, specifically in Rock Hill & Gaffney, SC, as well as in York, Cherokee, and Lancaster Counties, to reach a result that is in the best interests of the child a resolution that can work for all parties involved.

Nothing is more heartbreaking than a child caught in the middle of a custody battle. Our attorney is also a parent. She understands the joys and rewards, trials and tribulations that come with being a parent. Contact our custody attorney today for experienced and compassionate representation.

Representation in Child Custody and Visitation Matters

Child custody is divided into two parts:

  • Physical custody is where the child primarily resides
  • Legal custody involves decision making surrounding the health, education and general welfare of the child

The judge considers the “best interests” of the child when making a custody determination. Any arrangement of the above is possible by agreement. It is even possible for one parent to have sole physical custody and the other to have sole legal custody, or for one party to have sole physical custody with joint legal custody. Generally, any agreement between that the parties can make together as co-parents would be better than anything that can be imposed by a stranger (aka “The Judge.")

The court considers a number of factors when making a determination of custody, including:
  • The relative fitness of each parent
  • Who has been the primary caretaker of the child
  • Education and parenting skills of each parent
  • Each parent’s conduct (immoral or illegal)

Visitation (Parenting Time)
Many lawyers refer to the rights of the noncustodial parent to see his or her child as “visitation.” However, as parents ourselves, we don’t believe that a parent “visits” his or her child. That is why we are willing to fight for the noncustodial parent to have as much “parenting time” (as opposed to “visitation“) with his or her child as may be possible.

Which Parent Will Get Custody?

Who will get custody of is not a foregone conclusion. Simply because you are a father doesn’t mean you will not be awarded custody of your child, and just because you’re a mother does not mean that you will automatically be awarded custody of your child. You need an experienced, knowledgeable attorney from Anderson Law Firm to help you achieve your goals.

Joint Custody or Sole Custody

It is a common misconception that courts will order joint custody to all parents. This is not always true. Joint custody is an arrangement made between the parents to jointly agree on all issues concerning the health, education and general welfare of the child. Courts are sometimes reluctant to order joint custody between hostile parties.

Joint custody is a viable option when the parents are willing to communicate in matters that affect the child. If the parents are not on friendly enough terms, chances are that the joint decision-making required in “joint custody” will result in more disagreements and conflict.

Our knowledge and ability in the child custody field is unquestioned. We take to trial only those cases in which we believe litigation is the best option. For those cases where trial may not be appropriate, we will counsel you and diligently work to negotiate a resolution that will best satisfy your needs and desires. We can assure you that when we do accept a case, we do whatever it takes, within the full extent of the law, to pursue the desired and best result.

Our goal is to help you to set reasonable, realistic expectations about the outcome of your case. If an investigation becomes necessary, we consult private investigators who can discover essential information relevant to the habits and lifestyle of the other parent. In some cases, we may ask a psychologist or social worker to assess the mental health of a parent or child, provide a home evaluation and even assist in the preparation for trial.

Emergency Applications for Custody

Seeking emergency temporary child custody may be appropriate under the following circumstances:

  • If you believe your “ex” is going to relocate with your child without your permission or the court’s consent
  • If the custodial parent will not allow you to have parenting time with your child
  • If you notice signs of abuse or neglect by the other parent
  • If the child is in imminent danger while under the care of the other parent

Our law firm can help you understand the process of seeking emergency temporary child custody to protect your child. We know how to proceed quickly in these cases to ensure the child’s safety, as well as block these applications if they are used against you and are predicated upon false allegations, simply because a spouse or partner is trying to gain leverage in a custody or divorce action.

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