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:
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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.
When a couple decides to separate and proceed with a divorce, it's not uncommon for one or both sides to try to use intimidation techniques against the other to try to "win" the upper hand in the case - or at least to try "win" the emotional battle. Read more about what might be said to you and how to respond.
Mistakes are a part of life. Divorce is one of those areas of life where your mistakes can be very costly. Read more about three common divorce mistakes and how you can avoid them.
One of the most common questions I am faced with in both our litigation cases and my private Guardian ad Litem work is, “When is it okay for me to relocate and not endanger my custody arrangements or rights?” Read more about this tricky topic here.
When parties divorce later in life, it's sometimes referred to as a "grey divorce". Whatever, the reason, these divorces usually come after a couple has spent a couple of decades or more building a life together. When a couple separates after such a long time, they both may think they know where all of there marital assets are, but that's not always the case. Read more to find which assets may be hidden and must be uncovered to protect your new future.
Our family law practice has developed a focus in handling cases which are considered "high conflict custody cases" over the years. These cases often include allegations of "parental alienation" by one or both parents on either side of the case. But, what exactly is parental alienation and how will you know if your child is being affected by this detrimental behavior by the other parent in his or her life?
Sometimes, divorcing parents can get stuck on the number of days, nights, minutes, in any given month that each will spend with the children. Many parents will assume a 50/50 schedule will be the best idea, or maybe even as a starting expectation. But what does 50/50 really mean and is it really good for the children? Read our blog to find out more.