When South Carolina parents are no longer together in a relationship and share a child, child custody and visitation rights will be a major factor as they move on. In many instances, the couple can put their personal differences aside and negotiate a reasonable agreement as to which parent the child will live with the bulk of the time and when the other parent will have visitation rights. Other cases, however, can be more complicated with the parties wanting custody and disagreeing with how the visitation is allocated. A key factor in the determination is the best interest of the child. Knowing what the law says about best interest is integral to a case.
Since child custody and visitation determinations are based on the best interests of the child in question, there are many elements that can come into play. As we discussed previously, domestic violence can play a role in a child custody dispute but so, too, can other issues. Substance abuse is a common problem that can have a negative impact on a child, and may therefore justify a child custody or visitation modification. The same holds true when a parent is emotionally abusive toward a child or he or she lacks the funds to adequately care for the child.
Ending a relationship, especially if it's a marriage, can be emotionally devastating. Even when it's not, the untangling of finances can be a headache. However, for most South Carolina couples going through a breakup, the most important thing to them is their children. Dealing with child custody and visitation issues can be heated when disagreements arise, which is why individuals need to be prepared to make strong legal arguments to support their position.