Physical vs Legal Custody of Children

When you decide to separate from or divorce your spouse, there may be some contentious issues to resolve. This is particularly the case if you have minor children and are having trouble agreeing on who should have custody. When you divorce, custody of a child is broken down into two elements: physical and legal custody. While these may seem like the same thing, it's not unusual for physical and legal custody to have Read More

Child Support During College

Divorces are often as much about financial planning as they are about emotions. While both parents are likely anxious to begin their new life, there is also the issue of what is in the best interests of their children and their future. Alternatively, you may not have ever been married to your child's other parent, but these are still things that you'll need to consider for the financial welfare of your Read More

How to Choose a Divorce Attorney

Deciding to pursue a divorce or separation is certainly a difficult decision, but it can be only the first of many. You now need to hire a divorce attorney to ensure that someone fights for your rights and the best interests of your children. With issues as contentious as child custody and support, alimony, property division, and division of debts and assets on the line, the last thing you want to do is try to Read More

Obtaining a Passport for a Child in a Divorced Home

Traveling outside of the United States can become complicated in the best of circumstances. When you desire to have your minor child accompany you and you’re no longer married or together with his or her other parent, the situation can grow complex in a hurry. The federal government imposes strict regulations about obtaining consent from both parents when obtaining a passport for a child under the age of 16. This is Read More

How Divorce Effects Taxes

It’s that time of year again - tax time, that is. Indeed, taxes are due April 17, 2018, which means that if you haven’t started filing--or at least asked for an extension--the deadline is slowly closing in. If you were recently divorced, or if you are in the middle of a divorce, you may be wondering about how the divorce will affect your taxes. The good news is that mid-divorce, you won’t have much to worry about, Read More

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