What constitutes “income” when determining an appropriate award of alimony?

Alimony is not an exact science in South Carolina. 13 separate factors must be separately analyzed and each one specifically addressed when making an alimony order.  It is usually a simple matter to accurately determine income by examining tax returns, W-2’s, 1099’s, etc. But when i...
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Family Court

Buyers Remorse: Can a Marital Settlement Agreement be enforced by the Family Court before it has been approved and adopted as a court order

Many marital settlement agreements are the result of an extended period of mediation. Sometimes one of the parties wakes up the next morning and feels that they got the short end of the stick and are no longer willing to abide by the terms. Can they withdraw their consent? It depends.  Our jurispru...
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Family Law Attorney

What should therapists do when they get a request to release their client’s mental health file to a divorce lawyer?

Therapists and others in the mental health community are often unsure what to do when confronted with a request for a client’s therapy records from a divorce lawyer. Here are a few practice pointers based on what I have learned over the years in this evolving area of law. First, how was the re...
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