What Is a Custody Agreement?

One of the most strenuous parts of a divorce is deciding who gets custody of the children. Most of the time, a custody agreement is reached before the rest of the divorce even goes to court. Sometimes, though, it can become a bitter battle, especially when each party thinks the other is unfit to be a parent. Here are a few basics of a custody agreement.

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Proving the Best Interest of Your Child in a Custody Case

In a child custody case, the court’s decision is based largely on what they see as “the best interest” of the child. As a parent, you will likely know and understand your child very well, and feel like your involvement will have a positive impact on his or her life. Your opinion, of course, is somewhat objective.  The court will not just take your word for it. And if the two… [Continue reading]

Property Division in a Divorce: Equitable Distribution is Not the Same as a 50/50 Split

As you work through your divorce, it’s important to understand that South Carolina is an equitable distribution state. What this means is that all marital assets will be divided in a way that is fair to both parties, but this does not necessarily mean a 50/50 split of each asset. The courts will look at the current financial state of the marriage, the overall debt

International Child Custody

The world can be a big place, but in many ways it is a lot smaller than it used to be. More people from different countries are meeting, marrying and having kids. Other couples may be from places that are close geographically but circumstances involving their work or other factors may lead them to live in another country. These situations can potentially put a wrinkle in child custody cases as… [Continue reading]

How to Get Full Custody

When you know the man or woman you are divorcing is unfit to be a parent, it is often imperative that you be granted full custody. Yet, proving the other parent should not be granted any custody can be difficult. After all, some people are experts at “hiding their crazy.” While the child’s choice of who to live with is often the final say, there are other few factors that… [Continue reading]

Filling Out a Financial Statement for a Divorce

In a divorce, money and assets often become one of the biggest tension points outside of custody battles. As such, it is vital to fill out a financial statement in order to splits cash, debt and other communal property evenly. In addition, these statements help dictate how much child support must be paid by the parent who will not be the main guardian. Not filling these forms out truthfully… [Continue reading]

Establishing Fatherhood: The Rights of Fathers, DNA Testing and Issues Concerning Paternity

When you are a father seeking custody of your children, you may be worried that the courts will see you as an unfit parent simply because you aren’t the child’s mother. Single fathers face the stereotype of being incompetent parents, unable to dress the kids properly and clueless when it comes to feeding their child healthy food.

Can you parent your children as a single father in a loving… [Continue reading]

Visitation Schedules: Your Options When Your Children Brought Home to You Late by the Other Parent

A visitation schedule allows two parents that are now separated to have a routine schedule with their children every week. Whether this means visits one day a week, or a shared 50/50 custody type parenting schedule, this is a routine that needs to be followed by both parents in order for it to work. If your child is consistently brought home late from these visits

Changing a Parenting Plan or Visitation Schedule

If you find that the visitation schedule you originally agreed to as part of your divorce is no longer working for you, you may need to change the parenting plan. The easiest way to change a parenting plan is to work out an agreement with the other parent. While this may seem intuitive, many people consider filing a modification to the parenting schedule before simply asking the other parent. If the two… [Continue reading]

“I Want a Divorce!” The First Steps

Want a Divorce

Divorce turns your life upside down. It’s an emotional roller coaster ride that won’t end for at least a couple of years. And while you may think that your divorce will be amicable, there’s no way to predict whether you and your spouse will agree on important issues or will be fighting it out in court for months… [Continue reading]