LGBTQ Family Law Services

By |2021-05-11T19:46:07+00:00June 4th, 2021|

Family structures have changed dramatically in the last several decades. Now, households are managed by single parents or same-sex couples and include blended families who may have siblings, half-siblings, step-siblings, and/or adopted children. While same-sex marriage was only recently legalized at the federal level, the truth is that LGBTQ couples face many of the same [...]

Custody & Visitation Rights

By |2021-05-03T19:29:11+00:00May 22nd, 2021|

We know going through separation or divorce can be hard. Trying to split one household into two while creating an equitable distribution of assets, it can be tough to manage the emotional strain of dissolving a relationship.  If you and your partner share children everything gets exponentially harder. When parents separate, they must consider issues [...]

De Facto Custodian vs. Psychological Parent: What’s the Difference?

By |2021-05-03T20:07:31+00:00April 27th, 2021|

In South Carolina, family courts operate under the presumption that it is in a child’s best interests to remain in the custody of their natural parents unless it can be proven otherwise. That said, there might be cases in which a non-parent can seek legal custody of a child, especially if the child’s natural parents [...]

Local Multi-Cultural Partnership Draws Awareness for Sexual Assault Prevention

By |2021-04-08T16:09:46+00:00April 8th, 2021|

CHARLESTON, SC – (04/5/2021) Over lunch, media executives LaDonna Andrews of Kirkman Broadcasting and Vanessa Gongora of Norsan Media discussed the strong intersection of social issues that affect both Black and Brown communities disproportionately in the Lowcountry. Both women decided there was more they could do to support the local nonprofits that serve their communities [...]

QDROs

By |2021-04-08T16:10:14+00:00April 1st, 2021|

What is a QDRO? QDRO stands for “Qualified Domestic Relations Order” and it is the Order that is used to divide certain retirement accounts. When do I need a QDRO? Not all retirement accounts require a QDRO for division. For instance, IRA accounts can be divided without a QDRO while 401(k) accounts require a QDRO [...]

Mediation vs. Arbitration

By |2021-03-08T22:35:43+00:00March 8th, 2021|

Family law cases—which include issues like separation, divorce, child custody and visitation, and asset division —can be complicated to say the least. Not only are the parties likely dealing with immense emotional strain, but the logistics of separating a family can quickly become contentious. For many reasons, South Carolina requires mandatory mediation prior to scheduling [...]

What is Family Law

By |2021-03-08T22:36:20+00:00March 8th, 2021|

  In general family law pertains to legal issues that focus on families, including spouses, parents, and children.  According to the South Carolina Bar, family law specifically relates to a number of common concerns, which can include: Marriages, civil unions and domestic partnerships; and, Divorce; and, Alimony; and, Child custody; and, Child support matters. While some [...]

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