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 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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Charleston Family Law

Family Law Considerations for Dating Before the Divorce is Final

Charleston Family Law divorce cases can take a long time. While the legal process plods along, many people want to know when it is advisable to live (and especially to date) as if they are no longer married. Consider the following to avoid problems from “dating too soon”. When is a Di...
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Keeping a clear head is critical when working with your Charleston Family Law lawyer

The practice of law in the United States has become extremely contentious and the court system is suffering with a huge backlog of cases.  Every dispute between people becomes a war, every war must be won at all costs, lawyers are increasingly stressed and unhappy, incivility between lawyers is at ...
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Alimony Reform

Alimony Reform May Impact Charleston Divorce and Family Law cases

The Alimony Reform bill, HB 3122, in the South Carolina General Assembly significantly revises current alimony code.  Everyone impacted by Divorce and Family Law in Charleston should follow it closely. It does not address the existing bar to alimony in cases involving adultery, but if enacted, HB 3...
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Divorce and Family Law

Be Prepared: Divorce is Complicated!

Many people have never had a meaningful interaction with the Court system before a divorce.  Usually this is a stressful time, and depending on what they’ve heard from the media, friends, family and rumors, expectations can be unrealistic. Divorce cases are some of the most complicated case...
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