Family law covers a wide variety of matters like child custody, divorce, adoption, and estate planning. At the Glenn Law Firm, we are accustomed to dealing with these personal and often emotionally charged areas!
- Separation Agreements
- Child Custody & Adoption
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Name Change
Adoption and Child Custody
Adoption and child custody matters are by far the most emotionally-driven area of law. Any seasoned attorney can speak volumes on the pain and emotions that take place in the family court over these two areas of practice. It is important to find an attorney who you believe understands this area of law and what you are experiencing emotionally. Sometimes clients need direction, how to get help and stay on track.
Adopting a child is undoubtedly the most heartwarming event that takes place in the Family Courts. However, it can be quite expensive and complicated. There are Guardian Ad Litems to be appointed on the child’s behalf, adoption specialist, attorneys, background checks, and other charges. This undoubtedly discourages parents from adopting children in their care.
Going through a divorce is one of the most frustrating experiences of your life, your spouse’s life, and your child’s life. It is important not to take the divorce process personal. An individual cannot help but to take it personal especially since one party may be forced to give up a great deal. However, it is even more important to recognize that the divorce process is totally new to the children of the marriage, and when the parents decide to no longer live as husband and wife; this has the potential of hurting the children emotionally. Both parents must realize that the divorce is not the fault of the children, and they should not be used to hurt or cause problems to the other parent.
Parents need to understand that the child’s best interest should always govern who should get custody. Paying or receiving child support should not ever be the number one concern in a child custody preceding. Always put the child’s need ahead of both parents. If parents were to follow this rule there would be a great reduction in the number of child custody cases being litigated. However, we understand that sometimes the court must decide because it too hard for one parent to let go or one parent is simply too unreasonable.
The Department of Social Services for the state of South Carolina has set guidelines for the Court to follow when determining which parent is to pay child support and how much that parent is to pay. The link below will take you to the child support calculator for the state of South Carolina. With tools such as this, child support should rarely be litigated as it is most of the time a waste of money. However, there are certainly times we need to deviate from the guidelines dictated by the Department of Social Services. A close examination of the facts and circumstances with an attorney will help determine if a deviation from the guidelines is warranted/needed.