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…]
Ed. note: This article presupposes a “final hearing” to be one in which the parties are placing an agreement on the record with the Family Court, and are proceeding with a divorce based on one year’s separation. A “final hearing” may also refer to a contested trial, which would be an entirely different article, or more likely, series of articles.
Having braved all of the hazards of divorce, having made the difficult decisions needed to settle your differences with your spouse in a compromised agreement, and having waited out the year-long separation period r [Read more…]
Prenuptial agreements are an under-utilized tool for reducing the conflict and cost associated with divorce. The reasons that prenups are so rare are easy to discern: they take the “romance” out of divorce, they can be expensive and time-consuming to obtain, they are “only for the rich,” etc. Without dwelling on those issues (all of which can be debunked by experienced Charleston divorce attorneys), let’s examine the things one can do, cannot do, and must do with a prenuptial agreement.
What Can I Do With a Prenuptial Agreement in South Carolina?
1. Define w [Read more…]
Let’s be frank: most people’s idea of a good time is not spending thousands of dollars on a Charleston Family Court lawyer. Most people, when spending thousands of dollars on anything, want it to be on something tangible, or something fun, like a new car, a vacation, a child’s college tuition. Spending money on a Charleston Family Court lawyer can be made even less pleasant when you’re being led down the path of divorce by what you perceive to be your spouse’s unilateral wrongdoing, and can be complicated by the drastic financial impact already being wrought [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…]
As a Charleston Family Court attorney, I’ve encountered many potential clients who are either attempting to represent themselves in Family Court or have already finished represented themselves in a Family Court case. Each of these types encounter problems with the self-representation process that either require the immediate attention of an experienced lawyer or may have been screwed up past the point where even the best Charleston divorce lawyer can help.
As a matter of full disclosure, the South Carolina [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…]
Everybody needs a good mechanic, a good plumber, and a great lawyer on speed dial at all times.
You never want to get caught broken down on the side of the road, with a toilet flooding your bathroom, or embroiled in a legal controversy without having somebody you know, trust, and that you can reach in a moment’s notice.
Even if the trouble with your car is the transmission, and your mechanic can’t such a specialized problem, wouldn’t you trust your guy to point you in the direction of a trustworthy transmission guy? Maybe you’re getting a pool installed, and your plumber ca [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?