Grounds for Annulment and Prohibited Marriage in South Carolina

By |2022-11-15T13:18:58+00:00November 15th, 2022|

Divorce may be the only avenue for most married couples. In some instances, however, it may be that your marriage can be annulled on legal grounds.   Annulment & Prohibited Marriages While divorce ends a legally binding marriage, in an annulment, the Court finds that the marriage did not legally exist. The grounds for annulment in [...]

How to Legally Update Your Gender In South Carolina

By |2022-10-20T17:22:08+00:00October 20th, 2022|

The conversation surrounding gender identity continues to evolve. Although it may seem arduous at first, updating your legal gender identity can be made simpler with help from the proper legal counsel. At Bleecker Family Law, our team is here to guide and support you throughout this process. Step 1: Obtain a name change order. For [...]

LGBTQ Family Law Services and Resources at Bleecker Family Law

By |2022-10-11T13:02:22+00:00October 11th, 2022|

The ability to live openly and honestly should be among the most basic and important human rights. To simply be oneself and freely love is a beautiful thing, and, as the fight for that equality continues, Bleecker Family Law stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.   As social justice victories are won, rights extend, and [...]

Navigating the Nuances and Unique Issues of a Same-Sex Divorce

By |2022-06-06T16:55:23+00:00June 6th, 2022|

After a federal court ruling in November 2014, same-sex marriages were legally recognized in South Carolina. In South Carolina, laws for marriage and divorce are the same for same-sex marriages as they are for heterosexual unions. Thus, same-sex couples in South Carolina have the right to file for divorce on equal terms. Same-Sex Divorce in [...]

How to Handle Harassment and Stalking

By |2022-06-13T15:24:07+00:00May 31st, 2022|

South Carolina law defines harassment as “a pattern of intentional, substantial and unreasonable intrusion into the private life of a targeted person that causes…mental distress.” Stalking is defined by the state as “a pattern of words or conduct that is intended to cause and does cause a targeted person…to fear.” Harassment and stalking are serious [...]

How Divorce Can Affect Your Taxes

By |2022-06-13T15:22:03+00:00May 23rd, 2022|

From property division to custody battles, divorce can be a challenging experience for any individual, no matter the circumstances. While couples undergoing a split may already have a handful of issues at the forefront of their minds, it is also important to keep mindful of how this could affect future financial processes – specifically effects [...]

What Determines Parental Rights in South Carolina?

By |2022-06-13T15:42:58+00:00May 17th, 2022|

When a couple is going through divorce proceedings that involve children, it is important to know how South Carolina law addresses custody issues.  Many factors are important to a Court in determining who has custody of a child, but the controlling factor is always the best interest of the child.   How is child custody decided? [...]

Determining Child Support in High-Income Cases

By |2022-06-13T15:17:25+00:00March 8th, 2022|

Though relatively simple for most couples, determining child support can become more complicated for those in high-income cases. When you and your ex each have substantial salaries, how much child support is enough? How is child support determined? Under South Carolina law, child support payments are traditionally based upon the pro-rata share of the separated [...]

What Are the Different Types of Child Custody?

By |2022-06-13T15:42:18+00:00March 1st, 2022|

The central focus of every custody hearing is always the child's best interest. With the assistance of your legal counsel you will navigate your custody case to reach a result in your child’s best interest.   Under South Carolina law, custody is divided into two categories: legal and physical custody.  Legal Custody Rulings A parent who [...]

Custody and Extended Family Visitation Rights

By |2022-06-13T15:13:18+00:00February 21st, 2022|

From aunts and uncles to grandparents, cousins and beyond, surrounding a child with a dependable support network is the key to happy and healthy development. However, separation and divorce may create difficulty for that support system to remain intact. Relatives seeking to stay in regular contact with children following custody rulings may benefit from extended [...]

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