While traditional courtroom litigation is always an option for couples choosing to divorce in South Carolina, the mediation process now required by the Family Court may be a great option for those who either don't want to litigate in court or simply can't afford to do so.
This article was originally inspired after reading about a horrific incident in New York where a man jumped to his death from a New York City building with his toddler son. It raised concerns about how easy it is for some parents to snap in the face of enormous stress surrounding a contentious custody battle.
Our Senior Partner, Ben Stevens, is a VP in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Today the AAML, along with leaders in the AFCC, shared this critical information for those who share custody of children with former partners or spouses. Here are 7 guidelines to follow with regard to child custody situations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What happens when one spouse is wasting the marital assets before the divorce is final? Read more here to find out what the Family Court may do to protect the innocent spouse.
You've probably heard the old saying, "You don't know what you don't know," before, but when you've made the decision to divorce, that saying becomes much more relevant in your day-to-day life as you work your way through the divorce process. Here are five professionals you will need to help guide you through the divorce process in South Carolina.
Anger, resentment, and wishes for revenge are very common in most family court cases. However, acting in any way which would be deemed unprofessional by a family court judge could have very bad results in your case. Read about what happened to one attorney who took things too far here.
When married parents in South Carolina split up, they have equal rights to their children until the Family Court issues an order addressing custody, visitation, and support. However, what happens when unmarried parents disagree over issues pertaining to their minor children?
The oldest military treatise in the world is Sun Tzu on the Art of War. SC Family Court Litigation cases are often referred to in militaristic terms, which in today's world is a somewhat unfortunate reference. How does this book relate to South Carolina divorce and child custody cases?
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Jonathan Lounsberry has been working with The Stevens Firm in Spartanburg, South Carolina for almost five years. He handles mostly complex family law cases these days, including divorce, child custody, alimony, property division, and international family law issues. Read more here...
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A new law has been established in South Carolina regarding what constitutes a legal marriage. Read more here.
Making the decision to file for divorce is one of the most serious decisions you may ever face. To read about some important considerations to keep in mind when contemplating divorce, read more here.
When a client or potential client asks, "Will the Family Court allow me to move locations with my child?" we know we're in a for a lengthy discussion of the facts leading up to that question. Read more here:
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A common question we are asked by our clients is, "What's going to happen at my family court pre-trial hearing?" It's a fair question, especially since the word "hearing" can have a lot of baggage added to it after attending a contested Temporary or other Motion hearing through the course of a case. Read more here...
Ben Stevens, Jenny Stevens, and Jonathan Lounsberry all recognized in the 2019 Super Lawyers list for South Carolina. Read more about their achievements here.
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The laws surrounding this form of medical treatment is clearly still in its infancy and will likely continue to grow and expand as more and more states legalize the use of some forms of marijuana. Due to the prevalent stigma towards the use of marijuana, there is no clear answer yet how a South Carolina family court would treat a custodial parent legally administering medical marijuana to their child, or themselves, for that matter. Find out more here.
A divorce is not an everyday occurrence for most individuals. Because of this, most of our clients come to us seeking help in a divorce with certain ideas and preconceived notions as to what they expect their divorce to look like. Read more about 5 myths most new clients have about divorce.
We are often asked the difference between "contested" and "uncontested" divorces. Read our article to find out what you need to know before filing your divorce case.
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Over the years, we've learned a thing or two about what makes a divorce case more or less stressful for our clients. Our top four tips for making your divorce as stress-free as possible are outlined in this article.
When two spouses divorce after a lengthy marriage and one spouse has considerably more income than the other spouse, an alimony award of some type is generally given to the lesser-earning spouse at the end of the case. Many want to know if starting a new romantic relationship will end their alimony payments. Read on to learn more: