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 [...]

How to Hire a Family Lawyer

By |2021-03-08T22:24:55+00:00March 8th, 2021|

  How to Hire a Family Lawyer When you are going through a divorce,  a separation or if you find yourself mired in a complicated custody dispute, an experienced lawyer can guide you through the legal process, minimize stress in a situation fraught with emotion, and help you to achieve the best possible outcomes. Of course, [...]

Virtual Court Best Practices

By |2021-05-03T17:11:31+00:00January 3rd, 2021|

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting public health precautions have altered every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, that includes the ability to appear live in court. For families dealing with issues like divorce, separation, child custody, child support, or other complex family problems, this has proven to be a major setback.  Thankfully, courts have adjusted by [...]

Should I Get a Prenuptial Agreement?

By |2020-12-21T05:01:35+00:00December 18th, 2020|

Among the many decisions couples make when planning to marry is the decision about whether to get a Prenuptial Agreement.  Prenuptial Agreement decisions are highly personal ones. If one party has children, there may be reasons to protect assets for that party’s children. If one party has significantly more wealth than the other, there may [...]

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