You’re a mom facing a divorce in South Carolina. You have a lot of questions. Klok Law is here to help you shed light on some of the uncertainties surrounding divorce. The most important thing is to know what questions to ask.
1. Who is my support network?
Inevitably, you are about to enter into a rocky season of life. Let it be uncomfortable, not stressful. Know who your support system is. Seek out family, friends, co-workers, and mental health professionals to form your support team. Make sure you know who you can go to while in distress, and who will lift you up in life’s successes. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and make sure to put the wellbeing of your self and your family first.
2. What happens to my children?
Your children should be of the utmost priority during divorce. Being there for them during a stressful time, and making decisions in their best interest is your duty and privilege as a parent. Make sure you understand what the outcome will be for your children following the divorce. There are several possible outcomes in divorce and family law, and it is important to be informed about the realities of each.
- Joint Physical Custody. When parents are awarded joint custody physical custody of their children, they legally share the rights to the well-being of the children. You will share both time spent with the children, and decisions made for the children.
- Sole Custody. If the court grants sole physical custody to one parent, he or she maintains all legal decision-making rights for the children, as well as physical custody. Decision-making includes, but is not limited to, day-to-day decisions, healthcare, and education.
3. Will I receive child support?
Child support is often times granted following a divorce, depending on custodial decisions. If you are deemed the sole custodian of your children, or even if granted joint custody, you may be entitled to child support as well. Child support is meant to cover the costs of raising a child, and to support the parent that is doing the raising. Child support can be used for things ranging from everyday expenses to college educations.
The child support payment amount is calculated based on a variety of factors, the most important of these being income. After income, courts will consider the number and age of the children, any special needs of the children, and cost of living.
The exact factors involved in calculating child support payments range from state-to-state, so it’s best to contact a South Carolina attorney for insight regarding your state’s specifics. Klok Law is here to make sure you have everything you need to know in order to best support your family.
4. How long will the divorce take?
Like most issues surrounding divorce, length of time for a divorce to be legally recognized differs on a state-by-state basis. Most states require period of legal separation (one year is a standard amount of time) before divorce litigation can begin. Following the separation period the length of time for the divorce merely depends on your state’s protocol for paperwork and procedures. Again, Klok Law representatives are your resource on South Carolina divorce law, and are here to assist you in every way.
As a mom about to enter a season of divorce, you have a lot on your mind. Take some quiet time to yourself to sit down and consider the answers to these questions. For more information please contact Klok Law today.