Preparing for Divorce Part 5: The Role of a Financial Advisor

In Part 4 of our series, we turned our focus to finances, discussing the importance of creating a pre and post-divorce budget. Budgeting can be a tedious task, and many people feel like it puts too many constraints on what they are allowed to do financially. In reality, a budget puts you in much greater control of your finances, and it is one of the best tools for helping people get through tough financial times, Read More

How to Prepare for Divorce Part 4: Create a Pre & Post Divorce Budget

In Part 3 of our series, we talked in detail about putting together your divorce team. This starts with choosing an attorney who focuses primarily on family law, has extensive experience both inside and outside the courtroom, and is someone you feel comfortable working with. We also talked about enlisting other professionals when needed to help you with more complex issues that may arise, and the importance of Read More

Preparing for Divorce Part 3: Develop your Support Group

In Part 2 of our series, we discussed getting organized for your divorce. Before you start the process, you need to make sure you have your ducks in a row. This means organizing your financial documents and records, taking steps to receive your communications and correspondence securely and safely, keeping detailed records of important events that happen during the process, and carefully managing how you discuss your Read More

Divorce Agreements and Enforcing Visitation

Once you have completed the divorce process and the final decree has been issued, all parties are obligated to adhere to its terms and conditions, unless they are modified later on. Unfortunately, some ex-spouses do not live up to their end of the agreement. One of the most common issues where there is frequently conflict between ex-spouses is with child custody and visitation. When the original parenting plan is Read More

Preparing for Divorce Part 1: Prepare Yourself Emotionally/Get Ready

Getting a divorce is one of the most consequential decisions individuals ever have to make. The process of ending a marriage that you have invested so much of your life into can be very stressful to say the least. The divorce process can last several months or more, depending on how contentious the case becomes and the complexity of the issues that need to be resolved. There is a lot of preparation involved, and it Read More

My Spouse Got a Raise at Work: Can I Get Child Support and Alimony Modified?

If you have a court order that provides for either child support or alimony payments in South Carolina, this is considered the final decision by the judge that cannot be changed without an appeal. However, child support and most alimony awards are modifiable if circumstances substantially change. For example, if an ex-spouse earns more money than they were making at the time of the original award, it may be possible Read More

Divorce, Visitation, and the Holidays

The holidays may take on a different meaning for families in the midst of a divorce or not too far removed from the process. When parents live in separate homes, and even great distances from each other, this complicates spending quality time with children during the holiday season, and it can lead to conflict. Many families have established traditions with their children and are unsure how those will continue Read More

Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

Prenuptial agreements, also known as premarital agreements or “prenups”, are written contracts between two individuals who are getting married. A prenup can lay out, in advance, most of the financial terms and conditions of a potential divorce or future death of either spouse. Premarital agreements are not new—they have been around in some form for thousands of years. In the past, however, they have typically been Read More

Gray Divorce – The Increasing Numbers of Adults over 50 Getting Divorced

At a time when the divorce rate has been declining among younger adults, the divorce rate among adults over the age of 50 is on the rise. According to a Pew Research Center study, the divorce rates among U.S. adults who are 50 years of age or older is nearly double what it was in the 1990s. Commonly known as the “gray divorce revolution”, the trend of older adults getting divorced is believed to be driven largely by Read More

How Will a Criminal Record Impact Child Custody and Visitation in South Carolina?

During a divorce, child custody and visitation are important issues that must be resolved. These issues can emotionally-charged, and divorcing spouses often have serious disagreements about who should have the kids and/or how much time the non-custodial parent is allowed to spend with them. When parents are unable to agree on these issues, it is left to the courts to decide (based on the child’s best Read More