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South Carolina Child Custody

When the court is establishing parenting plans, they take a number of factors into consideration. We help parents understand what factors will be considered in custody and visitation plans, including but not limited to:

  • Who is the primary caretaker?
  • Do both parents have stable housing?
  • Do both parents have stable jobs?
  • Does either parent have a history of abuse?

In addition to the previous living situation, the court is also concerned with how the new situation will affect the parent’s ability to care for their children. For example, if one parent is considering relocation, will that make it challenging for the child to have meaningful time with the other parent? The Court will consider all factors and do what they believe to be best for the child.  They will then look at how to support the child.

South Carolina Child Support

In South Carolina, child support is based on the gross monthly income of each parent. Unlike some states, it doesn’t matter how much you actually bring home; the formula is based on your paycheck before deductions. The South Carolina Child Support Calculator also factors in the following amounts, giving credits to the party that makes these payments:

  • The cost of health insurance for your child(ren)
  • The cost of work-related day care
  • The total number of children in the home and child support payments made to a third party by court order for other children

The formula places a percentage of financial obligation to each child on both parents, not just the noncustodial parent. In some instances, albeit rarely, a high-income parent with custody may pay the low-income parent support so as to maintain the children’s standard of living more evenly at both homes.

If you should need help or simply have questions on Custody, Visitation, Child Support, or Modification, please let Goldfinch Winslow help you.

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