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Diligent Rock Hill attorneys advise divorcing parents in child custody matters
When families split up, disagreements about child custody issues are not uncommon. At Gillen & Pickelsimer, LLC in Rock Hill, we look out for the best interests of our clients and their children in custody matters. As experienced family law attorneys, we have in-depth knowledge of South Carolina’s child custody laws and use it to help residents of York, Richland and Lancaster counties and the surrounding areas who are involved in familial disputes.
Experienced family lawyers help clients achieve satisfactory custody outcomes
When determining child custody in South Carolina, all decisions are made according to the best interests of the child. Within this framework, if parents can’t reach an agreement amongst themselves or through mediation, judges will look at children’s needs, how parents can meet those needs, parental preferences and several other factors in order to make and finalize the decision themselves. Judges often seek to award the parents joint custody in order to maintain the family unit, but one parent may also be awarded primary custody with the other parent receiving visitation rights. Often the non-custodial parent will be ordered to pay child support. Our firm will work toward bringing you a satisfactory custody outcome based upon your wishes and situation.
Dedicated counselors assist with custody and visitation modifications
Modifying custody or visitation awards requires submitting a petition to the family law court that issued the original order. If both parents agree on the modification, the process may be fairly smooth. However, if parents don’t agree, the party asking for the modification will have to show the court why a modification is needed. Changes to a custody agreement typically require a “substantial change in circumstances,” which typically means something that affects the child’s welfare. For example, if one of the parents is now doing something to endanger the child, or if living in a better school district might benefit the child, these might be reasons for modification. Sometimes relocation issues drive custody modification requests if the custodial parent wants to move with the child to another location far from the non-custodial parent. We can advise you about the circumstances that may be considered in modifying custody and visitation orders.
Empathetic attorneys advise clients in disputes related to a child’s upbringing
Sometimes following divorce, parents cannot agree on the way their child should be raised. These decisions might relate to religion, education or other lifestyle concerns. If you are involved in a dispute with your child’s other parent, we can advise you about your rights in making decisions related to your child.
Contact a reputable South Carolina law firm for child custody assistance
Gillen & Pickelsimer, LLC in Rock Hill helps clients in York, Richland and Lancaster counties and surrounding areas with child custody matters. To schedule a consultation, call our firm at 803-992-8180 or contact us online.