In a traditional adoption the identity of other members of the triad is not known to members of the triad. This has come to be known as a “closed adoption”. In more recent times, open adoptions, where members of the triad do know the identity of other members, have become much more common; however, there are still millions of people living in the United States that are impacted in some way by a closed adoption. Sometimes, a member of the adoption triad wants contact with other members. … [Read more...] about What Is A Confidential Intermediary?
In a best case scenario, the parents will make a decision together on both physical custody and legal custody. Parents can negotiate on dividing custody during a divorce or if they have never been married but have a child together that will be raised in different households. Topics covered in this report include: How Does a Judge Decide Custody Issues? The Best Interests of the Child Click here to read the whole article or download the PDF. … [Read more...] about Free Report: Spousal Support in a South Carolina Divorce
If you are the parent or caregiver of a minor child you undoubtedly feel as though your relationship with the child exists because of the love you have for the child without regard for your legal status. In the United States, however, your legal standing with regard to your custodial relationship with a child does matter for a number of reasons. If you are raising a child that is not your biological child, therefore, it is important that you establish some type of legal custody over the child. … [Read more...] about How Is Adoption Different than Other Types of Custody Such as Guardianship or Custody?
Custody in South Carolina is decided best on what is in the best interests of the child. When parents separate or divorce, they may create a parenting agreement together that divides up custody. If the parents cannot come to an agreement on how a child should share his time, a judge will decide on what is the best solution for the family. Both the parenting agreement and the judge's decisions will become part of the custody order that parents have to abide by. If you decide your current … [Read more...] about How Do I Change a Custody Order in South Carolina?
In 2012, the laws on child custody in South Carolina changed when H 4614 was signed into law in June. The purpose of the new legislation was to define sole and joint custody. The law also imposed a new requirement on parents. Parents must now submit a plan to the court outlining how they see their child's future after divorce or separation. The creation of a parenting plan or parenting agreement allows the judge to get broader insight into family dynamic. If the parents are able to agree on a … [Read more...] about Parenting Agreements in South Carolina Divorce
In South Carolina, the Family Court has exclusive jurisdiction to handle all matters involving domestic and family relationships, including: Separate Maintenance and Support When you and your spouse have physically separated but do not yet have grounds for divorce, you can file an action for separate maintenance and support to address issues of child custody, child support, visitation, spousal support/alimony, and/or property division. Equitable Division When you and your … [Read more...] about South Carolina Family Court Jurisdiction