One of the most difficult issues in a divorce is child custody. If there are children involved, negotiating the type of custody and visitation that you want can be contentious, and at times not resolved to the satisfaction of one of the parents.
The attorneys at McKinney, Tucker & Lemel have years of experience and can help you through this often challenging phase. We understand what you are going through and we can help you find solutions amid uncertainty.
This might be the first time in your life that you’ve needed an attorney. You may be unsure of what your rights and options are, how to get the custody arrangement that works best for you and your child or children, and how to manage your family life post-divorce. An experienced, capable, and compassionate law firm can help you with all those questions and issues.
Here are some of the reasons we believe you should work with us at McKinney, Tucker & Lemel:
- Experienced – Our attorneys measure their legal careers in decades.
- Focused – We are a client-focused law firm. Your concerns are our priority.
- Responsive – Open lines of communication and frequent updates keep you informed every step of the way.
- Local – With deep roots in South Carolina, we are proud to call the Rock Hill area home.
- Straightforward – You can count on us to give you honest advice without the sugar coating.
- Cost-effective – We aim to deliver quality legal services at rates you can afford.
- Compassionate – You’re going through a difficult time. We respect that and treat our clients with courtesy and kindness.
Contact us today for a discounted first consultation. Any change in your family situation will be a little easier when you have someone you can trust to guide you through it.
How Our Family Law Firm Can Help Your Family with Child Custody
Child custody is one of the most emotional and contested areas of litigation in Family Court. Each case is different and each client has unique parenting qualities. Our child custody attorneys can help evaluate and formulate a strategy to maximize those qualities and abilities.
Based upon our decades of experience in this area, we have been confronted by parenting situations that have ranged from routine to highly unusual. This experience has taught us the flexibility and creativity that is crucial in obtaining a positive outcome for these difficult situations.
Since the issue of custody starts being set as soon as the parents are living separately, it is crucial that you consult an attorney immediately. Failing to do so can have a dramatic impact on the final result of any case. Our attorneys will work with you in all aspects of formulating and pursuing a parenting plan for your child or children that serves their best interest.
There are often other individuals involved in custody disputes including guardians ad litem, psychologists, and private investigators. Our attorneys will work closely with these individuals to reach a resolution that is in the best interest of your minor children. Because of our extensive practice in this area, we are familiar with many of these professionals and have developed working relationships with them. When involved in a custody manner, it is important to develop a team that addresses your concerns and gives us the best chance for a successful outcome.
A unique aspect of child custody matters is that they are ongoing. In fact, until a child is emancipated, the Family Court has the ability to adjust earlier rulings if necessary. It is important to remember that issues of custody and visitation are subject to modification based upon a substantial change in circumstances. The actions of a parent before, during, and after litigation have a direct impact on the outcome of any custody or visitation disputes.
What Kinds of Things Are Considered When Deciding Child Custody?
Many lawyers and judges in family law recommend coming to a decision about custody before going to court, but if that’s not possible, there are a number of factors that may be presented or taken into consideration by a judge when deciding on child custody. For example:
- The primary caregiver. This is often one of the most important factors in deciding who will have primary custody, barring any abuse or substance abuse issues.
- Drug abuse. If alleged by either party, Judges commonly request that parents submit to some form of drug testing.
- The child’s wishes. Whether or not this is taken into consideration depends on the age of the child.
- Parental behavior. This includes whether a parent has a history of any behavior such as domestic violence, substance abuse, criminal convictions, etc.
- Home environment
- Employment. For example, does one parent travel a lot for work? Is the parent able to make reliable arrangements for childcare?
- Health. If the child or parent has health issues or one parent tends to make all the healthcare arrangements, that may have an impact on custody.
- Relationship with the child
Let McKinney, Tucker & Lemel Help
We have represented clients in child custody and visitation situations for over 45 years. Our attorneys will help you formulate a strategy and prepare you for the challenges of negotiating an acceptable child custody arrangement. It is our commitment to be with you through each and every step of the process and to not only seek the best possible outcome but to also make sure that you are aware of all of the possible options at every stage and fully understand the implications of each option.
Clients are much calmer and able to make sounder decisions when they have the benefit of experienced counsel. We strive to not only give sound legal advice but to also help our clients emotionally through the changes associated with divorce and child custody arrangements.
If you are dealing with divorce, child support, custody, alimony or other family-related legal issues in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, York County, Lancaster County or surrounding areas of South Carolina, look to the experienced visitation and custody attorneys of McKinney, Tucker & Lemel for the qualified assistance you need to seek the outcome you deserve.
The attorneys at McKinney, Tucker & Lemel have deep ties to the communities we serve, and have dedicated our careers to making sure clients like you get the results they expect.
This is a hard time, and we’re here to help you through it. We want to settle your arrangements in the way that you prefer, whether that’s in court or in out-of-court negotiations. We take care of the hard part so that you can focus on your fresh start.