Thinking of Divorce? Start Doing These 3 Things Now

Marriage isn’t always easy, and the average couple in a marriage will experience many highs and lows over their years together, with some of the lows being so low that the intervention of marriage counselor or other professional is a necessity. Indeed, some couples may even spend time apart at some point over the course of their marriage, or even think seriously about parting ways indefinitely. When divorce is on Read More

How To Adopt A Child in South Carolina

Some of the happiest moments in South Carolina's family courts take place when a judge finalizes an adoption. While some adoptions can be simple, such as when a stepparent or grandparent adopts their stepchild or grandchild and all parties consent, others are more complicated. When parental rights must be terminated, or there are matters involving out of state or international adoptions, it helps to know as much Read More

I Want My New Spouse to Adopt my Child

The make-up of the American family has shifted considerably, and we now embrace a wide variety of domestic situations that are in a child's best interests. In some cases, a stepparent may wish to fill the void that exists in a family and legally adopt their spouse's children. While close relationships are possible without legal adoption, there are several reasons why you may wish to take this important step. Why You Read More

How Is Child Support Calculated in South Carolina?

Making sure that all children are provided for is one of the primary goals of the family courts throughout South Carolina. That means that when parents divorce, child support is almost always part of the divorce settlement; both parents have a legal obligation to provide for their child financially. If you are not the parent who is awarded sole or primary custody of your child, you will likely be ordered to pay Read More

Can Divorce Impact My Credit Score?

If you are thinking about ending your marriage and filing for a divorce, you have probably weighed all of the issues. Indeed, there is no doubt you have thought endlessly about the effect of getting a divorce on your personal and psychological wellbeing, your friends and family, your children, and even your finances. But what you may not have thought about, or at least may not know the answer to, is how divorce can Read More

Bankruptcy and Divorce

Bankruptcy and divorce are both exceptionally stressful events for most people. When you’re facing both at the same time, it can feel like your life will never be stable again. You undoubtedly have many questions about how one affects the other. Cate & Brough Law Firm is here to ensure that you understand the process and your rights when one spouse decides to file bankruptcy and the other does not. This can happen Read More

Finances in Your Second Marriage

It’s wonderful to find love again after a divorce or the death of your first spouse. It can also be complicated when the new couple decides to marry if one or both has children, debts, and assets from the previous relationship. While money can create a source of tension in any coupled relationship, it can threaten to undo second marriages. However, it doesn’t have to be that way if both partners enter the new Read More

Preventing Child Abuse

According to the non-profit organization Childhelp, five children across the United States die every day as a direct result of child abuse. The perpetrator of the abuse could be a parent, stepparent, family friend, teacher, coach, other family member, or even a stranger. While physical and sexual abuse get the most attention, neglect is a form of abuse as well. The organization also states that someone makes a report Read More

Developing a Parenting Plan

If you are divorcing or separating from your spouse in South Carolina and have children, ensuring that your children’s best interests are protected is surely a top priority. This is why there are dozens of things that you will need to consider as you and your spouse navigate the process of determining with whom your child will live, who will make decisions related to the child, and who will be responsible for certain Read More

What is a Guardian ad Litem in South Carolina?

The phrase “Guardian ad litem” is Latin for Guardian “for the suit.”  In South Carolina, it is a person appointed by a family court judge to represent the best interests of a child in a legal proceeding. Often in family law matters, the interest of the children can become lost and develop into a point of contention because of the stresses related to divorce, custody and support. Family court cases that commonly Read More