Areas of Practice
When grounds for a divorce do not yet exist, a person should seek to resolve all of the other issues that arise as a result of their separation. Child custody, child support, alimony and division of property and debts need to be resolved as soon after a separation as possible to reduce the on-going conflict between the parties.
If you are not able to live up to your obligations under your Court Order, you should seek immediate assistance from an attorney before a bad situation becomes worse. If your former spouse or the parent of your child is not following the Court Order, you may need to file a Rule to Show Cause action and seek to enforce compliance with the Court Order.
Turning the page
to your next chapter.
Child support is an independent issue from visitation. There may be situations where visitation is not appropriate but child support must be paid. Likewise, there may be situations where visitation will be ordered but child support is not.
Custody & Visitation
I believe that parents love their children and want to spare them from the trauma of lengthy custody litigation. I work with my clients to help them see past the hurt and anger of the divorce and to develop a Parenting Plan that will best serve the children in the short term, as well as the long term. This detailed Parenting Plan allows parents to be more flexible with each other because if a disagreement arises they have the solution to the problem in writing. My hope for my clients is that by addressing potential problem areas ahead of time, they will avoid going back to Court in the future.
Unfortunately, there are certain situations that do not lend themselves to easy solutions. Substance abuse by a parent, physical cruelty in the home, abuse of a child and mental illnesses are all unique situations that have to be addressed.
Mediation & Arbitration
Arbitration is another Alternative Dispute Resolution process where the neutral party’s role is to hear the evidence and make a decision that is binding on the parties. The arbitrator acts as the judge in the case.
My goal in utilizing a cooperative style is to resolve disputes as quickly, inexpensively and amicably as possible while obtaining the best result for my client.
Let us do
Adultery is an absolute bar to alimony. Adultery is proven by circumstantial evidence of opportunity and inclination.
South Carolina law defines marital assets and debts. For instance, inherited property is usually not marital property. South Carolina law also determines what types of assets and debts are the separate property of a spouse.
Property that starts out as separate property may change character and be determined to be marital property under the docrine of transmutation. An example of transmuted property is inherited land that is then titled in both spouses’ names.
Use of Experts
While the expert’s fees are in addition to my retainer, use of experts is necessary and desirable in many cases to help keep the total cost down and, most importantly, to obtain the best result possible for my client.
Let’s Do This Together.
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