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Understanding family court jurisdiction in South Carolina

In the state of South Carolina, matters related to family law are heard in family court. A state statute enacted in 1976 established the family court system, and, since that time, it has had jurisdiction over a wide range of matters, from domestic and family relationships to divorce and marriage. If you are unsure about whether your case will be heard in family court, you may find the following information helpful.

According to the South Carolina Judicial Department's website, the family court system is the only system authorized to hand down decisions on matters relating to divorce and legal separation, including alimony, legal name changes and property division. The court also has jurisdiction over child-related issues, including child custody and visitation, parental rights terminations and child support.

In addition to the expected matters over which the court has jurisdiction, it also decides other cases. A family court hears cases involving juveniles under 17 years of age that involve state and municipal offenses, although juveniles can be tried in circuit courts when facing more serious charges.

Whether you are going through a divorce, you are in the midst of a child custody battle, or your son or daughter has violated a state or municipal law, you may find yourself in family court. Most South Carolina residents who have family court appearances in their future find the assistance of experienced family law attorneys beneficial. With the help of a legal professional, you may find the experience less stressful and easier for your entire family.

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