South Carolina Court of Appeals Looks at When Assets and Debts Become Marital Property in Recent Case

When a family court divides up property owned by a married couple, if a spouse has kept certain inherited or premarital property separate from the pooled assets of the couple, that property may be considered nonmarital and not included in the division of assets by the court. The question of whether or not formerly separate property has been turned into marital property, through the process known as “transmutation,” Read More

Is Your Spouse Hiding Assets from the Divorce Court?

When you finally arrive at the decision to divorce your spouse, you’ve probably reached a point of not being too huge a fan of your soon-to-be ex, nor them of you. In fact, your relationship may have begun to go south years before the divorce, during which time your ex may have started to set aside money in hidden accounts or invested in assets they never mentioned. It’s also possible that your spouse has also been, Read More

Reasons to Consider Mediating Your Family Law Matter

Litigating a family law matter is inevitably a difficult and painful process. One of the most challenging aspects of a divorce or custody action is how little control litigants can feel over the process. Parties are at the mercy of overloaded, rule-heavy courts, and can end up in increasingly contentious exchanges of motions, racking up costs and fees along the way. Rather than having your divorce or custody matter Read More

Avoid These Behaviors that Make Divorce More Expensive

Depending upon how it's handled, divorce can be emotionally exhausting and expensive.  Even couples who manage to separate on relatively good terms will necessarily learn about the high costs associated with divorce, from the basic cost of filing for divorce to the expense of maintaining a new household separate from your spouse. While some expense is inevitable, there are certain ways that parties to a divorce can Read More

During a Divorce, Is Fighting to Keep the House In Your Best Interest?

When you’re in the process of getting a divorce, you’re facing a number of changes all at once. You may be tempted to fight to hold onto as many pieces as you can of the life you had before, and remaining in the place you are used to calling home can understandably bring comfort during a time of chaos. You may even wish to stay in your house for the sake of your children. However, when working through a division of Read More

Can I have my South Carolina Marriage Annulled?

While an uncommon way to end a marriage, annulment is an alternative to obtaining a divorce that is sometimes available. There are limited grounds in South Carolina upon which a marriage may be annulled. Read on for more detail on the reasons to consider an annulment, as well as the laws on when you may annul a marriage. How is annulment different from divorce? When a marriage is annulled, the marriage is seen in Read More

Holidays for the Divorced Co-Parent

The holidays may be the most challenging time to share custody of your children with a former spouse or partner. Both parents and families wish to spend these special days with their children, but usually only one parent gets to do it each year. If this is your first year after a divorce or split, the holidays can be a very lonely time, in addition to the stresses of sharing custody. By focusing on providing your Read More

Seeking Custody of your Grandchildren

In a previous post, we discussed the legal standard for obtaining court-ordered visitation with your grandchildren as a grandparent in South Carolina. However, if your child has become an unfit parent to your grandchildren, or conditions exist in your grandchild’s home that have left you deeply concerned about their well-being, there are circumstances under which you as a grandparent can obtain primary custody of Read More

Obtaining Legal Protection from an Abuser in South Carolina

Sometimes a marriage or other live-in relationship can go from bad to worse, fast. If you feel unsafe in your home, or fear that your partner or spouse’s anger may become violent, don’t wait to become a victim before seeking help. Read on to learn about ways that the legal system can protect you from violence in South Carolina, and contact us for a consultation if you feel unsafe. Types of Protecting Orders In Read More

What Rights Do South Carolina Grandparents Have to Visitation With their Grandchildren?

Having a loving, close relationship with your grandchildren can be one of life’s greatest joys. Perhaps your relationship with your child has become distant or acrimonious, and you are no longer able to see your grandchildren as a result. Or perhaps your child is no longer in the picture because of imprisonment or death, and your grandchildren’s other parent is not allowing you to maintain a relationship with your Read More