A recent custody case in Michigan highlighted the perils that military parents may face when involved in a custody matter, particularly when on deployment. In that case, Matthew Hindes, active-duty Navy personnel who was deployed on a submarine in the Pacific Ocean, was threatened not just with the loss of his child, but also jail time and fines for failing to appear at a scheduled custody hearing. Ultimately, the local family court [Read more…]
South Carolina can be a dangerous place for a married or cohabiting woman. This state has a particularly rotten and well-deserved reputation for being a den of domestic violence. Every year, it seems South Carolina ranks #1 in the country for men killing women. As a Charleston Family Court lawyer, and one who keenly feels the need to help put a stop to this cycle of violence, I regularly me [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…]
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…]
I recently made a social media connection with a gentleman by the name of Bill Gassett, a real estate agent in Massachusetts who has done some wonderful blog work on issues pertaining to divorce and real estate. One article he wrote struck me as something that could be particularly helpful to my clients and potential clients, on the issue of selling your house [Read more…]
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…]
NPR recently did an interesting piece about infants and toddlers and the increasing screen time they receive in our tech-driven world. Suffice to say, doctors, parenting specialists, and others in the know all universally agree: passive screen time (movies, shows, games, etc.) for children two years and younger has a negative impact [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…]
Charleston Divorce Lawyers: South Carolina’s Mandatory Reporting Laws
The whole country has been following the sad and almost unbelievable story coming out of Penn State University of their football program since last November. If, for some reason you have not, the football program has been embroiled in scandal concerning the multiple failures by their coaching staff and school administration to report the sexually abusive behavior of former coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandu [Read more…]