Divorce is hard. There's no doubt about it. Even when it's the best thing for both parties involved, it's a hard process to go through - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It's not uncommon for our clients to feel completely drained following their final hearing when the divorce is finally granted by the Family Court. Once the case is over, our clients will sometimes ask for advice on how to get back to their "normal" life. Here are 3 tips we offer them:
Divorces and child custody cases come in all shapes and varieties. Our firm has been representing clients experiencing these family transitions for over twenty years and one thing that has remained the same is that every case deserves its own special analysis to find the right solution for that couple and those children. That fact has never been more true than cases which involve children who have special needs.
Co-parenting following a divorce is never easy. There are several promises that I recommend parents make to themselves and to their child to help create a more successful co-parenting environment before pursuing further litigation to attempt to solve the problems which exist. Read our blog to find out more.
We are asked quite frequently how someone might best prepare for their South Carolina divorce. We are huge proponents of creating lists throughout the preparation process as a means to both document and organize all the elements your case will need to address. To learn about one area in which this is a big help, read our blog.
We do initial consultation meetings every week with people who are not yet ready to hire a divorce attorney, but who suspect their spouse is having an affair. Here are 3 signs we tell them to look out for which may indicate their suspicions are correct.
It's not uncommon that spouses who have experienced bad marriages are anxious to start their divorce and to exact some kind of revenge on their soon-to-be ex-spouse. These feelings may lead you to look for an attorney who will "promise" to "win" the case big for them. But, is winning really possible in family court cases?
Experienced family law attorneys are very familiar with the provisions judges like to see in divorce and custody orders in order to approve them as "fair and equitable." Hiring an attorney who practices exclusively in family law is well-worth the investment to make sure your future and your child's future is protected going forward. Read more about the dangers you might encounter in a DIY divorce:
In South Carolina, there are many different "common" terms for child custody. In fact, a strict reading of family law appellate cases shows that our courts actually use many of the common custody terms interchangeably making it a little hard to decipher what "legal" and "physical" custody of a child really means with regard to divorced or separated parents. Read more here:
When couples are faced with dividing their children's time between them, one of the inevitable first questions asked is, “What type of visitation or parenting plan do you recommend for my situation?” Here are 4 tips we often go over with our clients to get them thinking creatively when designing a parenting plan that is truly perfect for their family.
What happens when a married couple simply separates but never pursues a legal "end" to their marital relationship? In South Carolina, this can be a very risky situation to be in, especially when the years begin to tick by. Read more here about the complications which may arise in these cases.
Hiring an attorney is a big deal, but it doesn't have to be scary or intimidating. By following this advice, you should feel more confident walking into your consultation and be able to make a more informed decision about which attorney is the right fit for your case and your personality. Read more here:
There are a lot of creative ways to raise money to hire a divorce attorney - click here to see one that made us chuckle.
When you share a child with someone you are no longer romantically linked to the risk of conflict is always high. One of the frequent themes heard frequently in Family Court is centered on successful co-parenting. But how do you successfully co-parent with someone you don't particularly like much anymore? Read on to learn 3 rules for successful co-parenting:
Many clients have never considered they would need to hire an expert to help with their case, and likewise, will ask us if it's "really a necessary expense" and "will it really help" their case. Read on to find out why both answers is a resounding YES.
It can be a real shock when a divorce is finally initiated. Once papers have been formally filed, an invisible clock begins to tick and you must take certain steps within specific periods of time or risk possibly losing some of your rights in the divorce action. Read our blog to find out more:
When alimony has been awarded, the payor (the person paying the alimony to someone else), usually wants to know how those payments can be terminated permanently under South Carolina law. Read our blog to find out more.
A little Friday humor to celebrate making it through another week. This one just also happens to be great advice for anyone going through a family court case!
While there could be many different variables that lead parents to file a family court action, what often gets missed in the fray is that the children at issue in the case are also experiencing their own worries, fears, and concerns throughout the process. Read more about it here:
For those of us who work in South Carolina Family Courts, we know that no divorce or custody case is ever the same as the last. The same holds true for how family court attorneys work with their clients and the strategies they employ while handling their cases. Understanding this will help you in deciding which family court lawyer is the "right" one for your case. Read more here:
There are a lot of scary things in this world, but hearing a person you don't know ask your name just before handing you a sealed envelope thick with documents ranks pretty high on the list, especially if you never expected to be served with divorce or custody papers. Many of our clients have been in this exact situation and this article is meant to explore options you have to protect yourself.
It used to be that divorce cases only involved issues of money, children, and property, but in the modern family courts, judges are finding themselves having to decide "custody" of the pets more and more often. Find out how this emotional issue is handled in South Carolina family courts.
When a divorce is imminent, both spouses typically expect there to be a division of the physical and financial assets which have been collected during the course of the marriage. However, one new area which also must be examined for division is the digital assets of the spouses. Read more about what this means for your case here.
Divorce is hard and emotions run high during such an event. If you take the proper steps to prepare yourself before a case is filed, it can help to relieve some of the stress involved. Read about four important steps to take before your divorce is filed in South Carolina.
When dividing marital property during a divorce, what happens to collections acquired by the couple during the marriage, such as art collections? Read more about this unique situation in our blog.
Divorce is a tough transition in life, even if you're the one who wanted the divorce in the first place. We've been handling divorce cases in South Carolina for over two decades and have helped all types of people through their divorces in order to build healthy foundations for their new futures. Here are a few of the tips our clients have found most helpful for reducing both their pain and the expenses of divorces.