Which Court Will You Appear in to Face Your South Carolina Criminal Charges?

The South Carolina criminal justice system can seem complex to even seasoned legal professionals. On top of the various court types, the COVID-19 pandemic has created confusion among prosecutors, defendants, and lawyers alike. The vast majority of crimes are adjudicated in state court; in South Carolina, that means you will likely appear in Municipal, Magistrate, or General Sessions Court. We dive a little deeper Read More

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

What is the ‘Child’s Best Interest’ Standard, and How Does it Affect Child Custody Cases in South Carolina?

One of the most common ways that divorces become contested is a disagreement between spouses over child custody. The desire to continue to see your child is unlike any other, and most parents naturally want some say in how their child is raised. In other words, parents typically want legal custody as well as physical custody. One of the most important things to know if you have just filed for divorce or are thinking 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

Being Charged With a Violent Crime Affects More Than Just Your Sentence

It’s a fairly well-known fact that not every crime is equal in the eyes of the law. Someone convicted of misdemeanor shoplifting won’t spend near as much time in jail as someone convicted of murder. Beyond that common knowledge, it’s useful to know the differences between crimes considered to be “violent” and all other crimes in South Carolina.  What Are Violent Crimes? SC Code § 16-1-60 outlines nearly 40 offenses 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

3 Main Types of Drug Charges in South Carolina

The vast majority of drug crimes South Carolinians are arrested for fall into one of three counts: simple possession, possession with intent to distribute, and trafficking. A seemingly minor charge, like simple possession of marijuana, can balloon into something much more severe (like trafficking) depending on the presence of one or more elements in your case. We’ll go over these three common drug charges 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

Types of Restraining Orders Available in South Carolina

In cases where someone is being abused, threatened, or stalked, South Carolinians can obtain a legal order from Family Court or Magistrate Court to help secure the safety of themselves and their children. South Carolina offers two main types of restraining orders, both of which are slightly different (and often misunderstood or conflated).  An Order of Protection is issued by the Family Court and protects you from 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