Family court cases in South Carolina can range greatly in nature. When divorce and child custody matters include a history of domestic abuse, the judge will prioritize the children's best interests. However, the manner in which such issues play out might surprise the parties involved. In fact, there are several myths regarding child custody decisions.
Common sense might suggest that a child custody decision involving an abusive parent might involve placing a child with the non-abusive party and limiting visitation rights for the other parent. However, the emotional impact of going through domestic abuse and divorce could involve fear and depression that interfere with the non-abusive parent's ability to care for their child. A judge might deem that parent unable to handle primary custody. In some rare instances, this could leave no alternative but to place the child with the other parent.