How Does Common Law Marriage Work in South Carolina?

One of the most often discussed but least often understood topics in Family Law is the common law marriage. A common law marriage refers to couples who consider themselves to be married but never actually executed a proper marriage license. The term has its origins going back centuries, to when the cost of traveling to a courthouse prohibited some couples from getting married. Like most other forms of marriage, it Read More

This isn’t Working. How Do I Get My Marriage Annulled in South Carolina?

We all make mistakes in life. Sadly, sometimes one of those mistakes is getting married to the wrong person. In these situations, you might just want a complete do-over. Divorce can seem like a long and intense process. Instead, you might want a proverbial blank slate, a chance to start again from the beginning as though the marriage never even happened. You might want the promise of an annulment. An annulment is Read More

How Does COVID-19 Affect My Family Law Matters?

It might be an understatement to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we do a lot of things. For many of us, going to dinner currently means ordering takeout, taking the kids to school means opening a laptop, and “big plans for the weekend” means taking a walk around the block. Suffice it to say, things right now are very different than they used to be. So what does that mean for your family law Read More

Common Mistakes Spouses Make During Their Divorce

Right now, things are tough. You thought you would spend the rest of your life with your spouse when you walked down the aisle, and now you’re getting a divorce. Your kids are having a hard time processing what’s happening and feel like their whole world is crashing down around them. Everyone is emotionally fragile right now and not acting like their normal selves in these unusual circumstances. Divorce can be Read More

Holiday Travel and Custody Issues During COVID-19

COVID-19 has made child custody issues much more complicated this year. To keep everyone in your family safe, you and your ex may have had to comply with the rules imposed by your local and state governments as well as the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As the holidays are upon us, however, you are going to need to figure out how you can spend as much time with your kids as Read More

My Ex Won’t Abide by Custody Arrangements, What Do I Do?

Going through the child custody process was overwhelming, emotionally taxing and stressful for you and your children. But once you or the judge worked out an arrangement, it gave you some relief. You had legal documents explaining exactly how custody and visitation would work, and at any time you could request to modify them if circumstances substantially changed. Now, however, your ex is not following your Read More

Can a South Carolina Divorce be Reversed?

At some point during your marriage, things took a turn for the worse and you and your spouse decided that it was best to part ways. You hired lawyers, went through the South Carolina divorce process and got your final divorce decree from the court. As time went on, however, you both decided that you wanted to reconcile and give your marriage a second chance. This time around, you hope it will be different. With Read More

Developing Parenting Plans for Special Needs Children

When you and your spouse were together, you both did your part to parent your special needs child to the best of your abilities. You didn’t think about sharing the work equally or who did what; you hopefully both stepped up as much as possible to ensure your child was happy and healthy. Now that you’re no longer together, however, you need to determine how you will share responsibilities. The details of the shared Read More

What are the Advantages of Divorce Mediation?

In most South Carolina counties, mediation is a requirement for divorcing couples. There are some exceptions to this, such as cases in which there is already an agreement, but most of the time, the spouses will have to go to a mediator first before the case goes to court. The hope is that the outstanding issues can be resolved, and a settlement can be reached without the need for costly and protracted Read More

Protecting your Assets During a Divorce

Getting divorced will impact your finances in numerous ways. Whenever you go from supporting one household to two on the same overall income, you can expect to have some financial challenges. The situation can be mitigated, however, if you are proactive and take steps ahead of time to protect your assets. Here are several helpful tips for protecting your assets during a divorce: Understand your Entire Financial Read More