Grandparents’ and Third-party Custody or Visitation Rights

The best interests of the child remain always the paramount consideration in every case regarding children: custody, visitation, or adoption. It is the ultimate consideration.

The state also recognizes a REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION IN CUSTODY MATTERS that it is the best interest for the child to be placed with a biological parent over a third party. If there is a fit biological parent the child will most likely be placed with that fit parent by a court in South Carolina.

Although most people who inquire believe that there is no such thing as Grandparents’ Rights, South Carolina will grant custody or visitation to grandparents and even unrelated individuals if the circumstances are appropriate under the law.