As a long-time divorce lawyer in Charleston SC, I have seen an entire generation of children processed (literally) through the court system as part of their parents’ divorce. Along the way, these children, many now adults with children of their own, have been analyzed, scrutinized, poked, prodded, debated, and carefully considered. Decisions and rulings beyond number have been made for them, and in their best interests, all as determined by the system. What we discover at this point, however, is that these children feel that they have not been heard, and they definitely have [Read more…]
Divorced or separated parents have to live, day by day, with the consequences to their children of the choices which they make as adults. Good choices for the children can be difficult to make, in the “fog” of separation or divorce. Whether you are separated, thinking about separation, divorced, or in the middle of a case on either, here are some suggestions from experienced divorce attorneys in Charleston for handling your extended summer times with your children:
1) Don’t use this time to say bad things about your children’s other parent or members of their family.[Read more…]
How to Manage the Cost of Your Family Court Case
Be sure you do your homework before hiring a Family Court Attorney in Charleston.
It generally will do you no good, and most likely will actively harm you, if you seek the services of an attorney who does not have substantial experience in Family Court. Every area of practice is so different, and the requirements for keeping up in every area so diverse and numerous, it is even more important than ever to seek an experienced Family Court attorney in Charleston[Read more…]
Charleston Family Court Lawyers | 10 Ways to Ruin Your Family Court Case
If you really, really want to lose in Family Court (and yes, there is a very broad definition of “losing” in Family Court, but for our purposes here, it means “fail to obtain your objectives”) it is really not that hard. Do the things I have outlined here, and you can lose big time. To the contrary, help yourself by AVOIDING these items:
1) Get your kids involved in your fight.
Nothing makes professionals – including Family Court judges – [Read more…]
Going in for the very first meeting with a divorce lawyer in Charleston you may or may not choose to employ? What should you reasonably expect? Here are some things I would include on your list:
1. Were you promptly and politely greeted (both on the phone when you made your appointment as well as when you arrived for your appointment)?
2. Was the law office neat, clean and welcoming when you arrived and while you waited?
3. If you were asked to fill out forms, were you told why these forms were necessary?
4. Did you have ample time to complete these forms?
It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Here is some holiday advice from our James Island divorce lawyers on giving your children special gifts when they are experiencing the divorce or separation of their parents.
Every holiday brings strain to children whose parents are divorced, going through a divorce, or just separated – no matter how long it has been since their parents have been together.
Father and/or Mother may now have a new spouse (stepfather or stepmother), a significant other, or just a new boyfriend or girlfriend. There may or may not be loving grandparents in the pictu [Read more…]
Hands down, no contest, the most frequently asked question of Charleston Family Court lawyers at initial consultation is “when can I date”?
Sometimes, the question is posed more subtly, such as inquiring about going out socially in groups or wanting to know more about language which can be added into Separation Agreements allowing either spouse to live as if unmarried. Most often, however, the question is plainly put, and usually comes up at the very end of a consultation.
Since it is, obviously, a sensitive and important issue, let’s review it here.
If yo [Read more…]
One of the most common questions asked of divorce lawyers in Charleston SC is “should I leave the house?” The decision as to who stays and who goes from the marital home can be complicated by a number of different factors:
Is personal safety an issue?
A marriage under stress resulting from physical abuse, drug or alcohol abuse, or abusive and demeaning behavior calls for personal safety to be the first consideration. If you find yourself in a living situation wher [Read more…]
It’s fall in the Charleston County Family Court.
Fall brings relief in so many ways: a little breeze here and there, not quite so much sun, and the anticipation of cool nights with maybe even a sweater or two being brought out! The breeze has been blowing through the Charleston County Family Court, as well, with changes in practice Rules, public airing of one adoption case, and a change in focus in some cases, whether they be alimony cases, child support cases, custody case, or any combination [Read more…]