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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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Adoption

Can a United States citizen be extradited to the United States from a foreign country for failing to pay child support?

When a person fails to pay court ordered child support a hearing is scheduled in the Family Court to determine if this person is in Contempt of Court. Contempt of Court requires a finding that a person has the ability to comply with a court order and has willfully chosen to disobey it. A person [&he...
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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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Collaborative Family Law

Collaborative Family Law for Cases involving Mental Health Issues in Charleston SC

In a recent Charleston Family Law consultation, the prospective client was newly separated from her mentally ill spouse and wanted to use Collaborative Practice to help her family reach resolution. Mental health issues are endemic in Divorce cases and Charleston Family Law is no exception. Some ...
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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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Can the Family Court terminate the parental rights of an incarcerated inmate?

Andrew Myers was serving a prison sentence in Virginia. Prior to his incarceration his girlfriend became pregnant with their child and she gave birth after he was incarcerated. At some point, Social Services became involved and the child was removed from the mother’s home and placed in foster care...
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