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

Health Insurance After Divorce

When you get divorced in South Carolina, there are always financial consequences. There are court fees associated with getting a divorce and you are advised to enlist the help of an experienced family law attorney if you have child custody, asset, or support disputes. One unanticipated cost of divorce that could affect both your wallet and your health is the impact that this change could have on your health Read More

Life Insurance Considerations and Divorce

Among the various assets that must be dealt with in a divorce, sorting out life insurance is one that is often neglected or overlooked. As you deal with major issues such as custody battles, support, and selling a home, it's not surprising that you might set aside other tasks such as reviewing your life insurance policy. For a variety of reasons, this could be a very costly mistake. In some divorce cases, a new life Read More