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Child Custody Lawyer In Columbia

At The Law Office of Daniel D. Kienker, LLC, in Columbia, we understand the importance that most parents place on maintaining a close relationship with their children following divorce or the end of a nonmarital relationship. We encourage both parties to resolve child custody and parenting time decisions themselves through negotiations and, if necessary, mediation. It's our experience that both parties are more satisfied long term with parenting plans if they work them out together.

Of course, not every custody case can be resolved amicably. Our priority is to protect our clients' parental rights and ensure a strong relationship with their child going forward. We prepare every case as if it will go to trial, and your lawyer will always stand ready to litigate.

Protecting Your Rights And Your Relationship With Your Children

In child custody matters, South Carolina courts base their rulings on "the welfare and best interests of the child." The court will determine whether parents share joint custody — meaning both participate in decisions regarding major issues such as education, health, religion and other matters — or whether one parent will receive sole custody.

The state does encourage both parents to remain engaged and involved in their child's life, however, family court judges consider a broad range of factors when deciding where a child will spend his or her nights and how much time each parent will spend with a child. These factors include:

  • Which parent served as the primary caretaker during the relationship
  • The stability of each parent's home environment
  • The character, fitness, attitude and inclinations of each parent
  • The child's preference, if the child is deemed of suitable age and maturity to make a decision
  • The existence of any physical abuse, sexual abuse or domestic violence, or any immoral conduct by either parent
  • The opinion of a court-appointed guardian ad litem
  • Any written agreement that both parents have reached

Military Divorce And Child Custody

Divorce is stressful and complex to begin with. If one or both parties involved are active members of the military, it can add additional layers of complexity. As a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Colonel Kienker understands the pressures and disruption that military service can impart.

He also has thorough knowledge of the rights and unique laws that apply in military divorce, including how military service impacts child custody and visitation agreements. We welcome the opportunity to serve members of the military or military spouses in family law matters.

Contact Our Family Law Attorney

Contact us online or call 803-470-0447 to schedule a consultation to discuss your child custody concerns with an experienced Columbia child custody attorney. We can answer your questions and provide a straightforward assessment of your situation.

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