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

What You Need to Know About Bench Warrants in South Carolina

When you learn about an active warrant out against you, it’s completely normal to transform into a ball of stress, anxiety, and panic. This is because, like most people, you probably assume you have a warrant out for your arrest. However, there is a type of warrant that is not directly of a criminal nature, and that is known as a “bench warrant.” How Do Bench Warrants Work? When you have a bench warrant out against Read More

Should You Really Take a Plea Bargain in Your Criminal Case?

Despite what you see on TV or in the movies, the vast majority of criminal charges do not result in a lengthy trial. In fact, around 90 percent of criminal allegations are settled through a deal between the prosecution (government) and the defense. Despite this lopsided statistic, though, it is not always the best decision to take a plea bargain if you are facing criminal charges. This blog will offer some Read More