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Hello this is Frank Hartman with the hartman law firm
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a practicing attorney in Charleston South Carolina specializing in auto accidents
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and personal injury
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and today we’re talking about what is joint custody and do you have to give you
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ex visitation rights
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in a child custody divorce matter the first thing you need to consider is what is
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joint custody
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technically in a state of South Carolina joint custody is exactly what it sounds
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like
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it literally means that the child goes back and forth
between
both parents 50/50 and that can mean Intel
the child’s with the mother on Monday and the father on Tuesday
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and the mother on Wednesday and etcetera
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a lot of times what you’ll see in a final order for a divorce
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is the language of joint custody but
its specified in the order that someone has primary custody of the child
and what that means is typically that the child is going to end up living with the mother and for purposes stability because in the family court
the only interest that the family court takes into play
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is the best interests of the child and the court wants stability
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so they want the child to be with one parent going to one school
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and having one house that they’re coming home to every day
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in that scenario more often than not what you see happening is you have
got the primary parent and you’ve got the secondary parent and the secondary parent
gets the child
every other weekend and every other holiday
usually scheduled out in its all part of the bargaining process
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in the middle of mediation and they get the child for anywhere between six to eight weeks
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alternating
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in the summer months when kids don’t actually have to go to school
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that’s a great time for the secondary parent to get the child for an extended period of time

the second part of our question is do you have to provide your ex with

visitation rights and this is a very fact specific
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question that really all hinges on what sort of parent your ex potentiallly is if they have some sort of
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issue with regard to the way they are living
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I E gotta a drug problem or maybe they have
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a live-in boyfriend or something like that the family court is not gonna
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look very kindly on that and potentially it could affect
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their rights to visitation the sort of visitation you could potentially see
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in the event that they have
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a drug problem or something to that effect or
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unstable home is visitation where
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there it’s actually supervised in other words there has to be either
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maybe a grandparent there or possibly a ward the state
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and it’s usually for an hour or so and its
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in a neutral location and that’s an unfortunate situation for any parent
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find themselves
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and it’s certainly a the situation where
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the parent is going to want to to kind of get their life together so they can
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provide
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child with the sort of life and stability that the court is looking for
so they can go on the get and have the child for the period of time that they’d
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like to have them
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for the for visitation and again it’s very fact specific
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and it’s something that you probably need to discuss with a lawyer if you’re
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watching this video then you have questions about child custody
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and potentially a divorce action I would strongly encourage you to pick up the
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phone and call me
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Frank hartman with the hartman law firm at 843 300
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7600 or feel free to look me up at thehartmanlawfirm.com
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and again thanks for watching

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