You love your children dearly, and you’re worried about how the breakup of your relationship might impact your ability to see them, to take care of them, and to make decisions for them. In the next several blog posts, we’ll discuss the basics of South Carolina child custody law, so you can make more effective, efficient decisions and reduce your worry.
In today’s post, we will talk, in general, about how custody is decided in South Carolina. Typically, depending on the parents, negotiating an agreement is the best way to resolve parenting issues regarding your children.
Depending on your relationship with the other parent, your best option may be to work out the custody and visitation with your spouse. Custody battles can be financially and emotionally expensive. If we are unable to resolve these issues with the opposing attorney and your spouse, then we will have another chance during mediation. You and the other co-parent may be “on the same page.” You may both be committed to divorcing or separating in a way that’s humane, fair, and compassionate to all sides. Nevertheless, this negotiation can be a very sensitive and delicate process. a competent attorney will guide the process to make sure it doesn’t suddenly become rancorous.
Tiny discrepancies or sticking points in the negotiation can lead to drama. For instance, perhaps your spouse insists on a visitation schedule that clashes with your work and/or social commitments. Their insistence can inspire you to dig in your heels and make counter-demands. This back-and-forth cycle can damage trust and complicate the negotiations. This is where we can help. Many times, we are able to assist with negotiation strategies, help people see the big picture, and recommend alternative techniques to resolve child related issues.
On the other hand, even if your relationship with the other parent is not so good, you can still negotiate a fair and reasonable arrangement without having to go through a court process.
Here are some tips:
- Establish the parameters of the negotiation upfront;
- Focus on developing options and trying to meet everyone’s needs;
- Work with an experienced South Carolina family law attorney to move the process along fairly and quickly.
Get in touch with the team at the Toussaint Law Firm, PC for a free consultation about your South Carolina child custody situation. Remember, when it really matters, call us!