Anderson, SC Child Custody Lawyer
Many times there are reasons that custody of a child or children is contested during a divorce case or there may be a change of circumstances such that a parent may believe it necessary to file an action for a change of custody after a previous order has been in place. Further, parties who have children, but have never married, often need Court intervention to help define their rights and duties if their relationship ends.
Can My Child Decide Where They Want to Live?
“How old does my child have to be before he/she can tell the Court where she wants to live?” A question that every lawyer hears often. My typical response is, “18.” Parents sometimes look at me puzzled when they hear this answer. The fact is that there is no “magic” age at which a child may make a decision about where to live. However, as a child grows older, her opinions and feelings regarding family members are more easily expressed and understood by the Court. Therefore, the desires of the child are just one factor that a Judge will consider when determining custody in a contested case.
Child Custody Lawyer For Extreme Cases
There are certain extreme cases that need immediate Court intervention. In rare circumstances, lawyers can request the Court grant an emergency hearing. These types of hearings are reserved for extremely serious situations where it is readily apparent that some harm might befall a party or child if the issues are not brought before the Court immediately.