Whether you’re setting out to establish a child custody and visitation agreement, need to modify an existing arrangement, or are ready to fight for sole custody of your child, I am just a phone call away. My office is based in Anderson, South Carolina, but I work with parents and families throughout Greenville County.
People often assume that sole custody will automatically be awarded to a child’s birth mother — especially if the child is still very young. In reality, though, fathers and life partners can be granted sole custody if the judge perceives that they are better fit to take care of the child or children in question. Truly, there are many factors for a judge to consider:
- The child’s preferences
- Each parent’s ability to meet the child’s needs
- Which environment would give the child a greater sense of stability
- Each parent’s desire to have custody
- The mental and physical health of all involved
- Each parent’s attitude regarding the parent-child relationship between the child and the other parent
- Any manipulative or coercive behavior that has taken place
- Any past abuse or neglect of the child or the other parent
Of course, this isn’t even a comprehensive list. Every family situation is unique, which can lead to special circumstances. For instance, perhaps you have a special needs child who requires additional caretaking measures. Perhaps you’re a grandparent and feel you should be the child’s rightful guardian. Or perhaps you’re taking rehabilitative measures and want to fight for visitation rights, even if you can’t have sole custody of your child.
As a family law attorney — and, as a family man myself — I have the experience, knowledge, and drive to help you fight for the arrangement that makes sense for you and yours.