Child Custody & Visitation in Summerville, SC

Child Custody and Visitation are often confused terms. Custody is the right to make major decisions for the child such as medical, extra curricular activities, and religion. Visitation on the other hand is the amount of time that each parent gets to spend with the child. 

  • Major custody Arrangements

    • Sole Custody: One parent has unilateral decision making authority regarding ​major decisions in the child's life.

    • Joint Custody with a Primary Parent: Both parents are required to consult with each other regarding major decisions and attempt to come to an agreement. If they are unable to come to an agreement the Primary parent is able to make the ultimate decision.

    • Joint Custody No Primary Parent/Shared Custody: This type of custody agreement is rarely ordered by a court but can be agreed to by the parents. In this custody arrangement the parents must come to an agreement on all major decisions regarding the child.  

  • Major Visitation Arrangements

    • Standard Visitation​:

      • One parent has physical custody of the child and the other parent is considered the visiting parent. In standard visitation, the visiting parent receives visitation every other weekend and half of all major holidays. In addition the visiting parent gets visitation during half of Christmas break and at least two full uninterrupted weeks during the summer.  ​

    • Shared Visitation/Equal Visitation: Each parent gets one week on one week of visitation with the child as well as an equal split of all major holidays.

  • Parents can also come to agreement on other visitation schedules and the Court will approve as long as it is in the best interest of the Child. 

If you are considering a divorce and you have children the attorneys of Templeton Mims & Ward are here to help. The legal process can be incredibly confusing at times but it is our job to help you navigate those legal issues to get you the results that you and your child deserve. 

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