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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Divorce, The Brain and the Family Law Attorney

Divorce is often a tragedy of great magnitude for all family members. It is important for those involved in family law cases to understand how stress and trauma affect the brain in order to improve their abilities to make sound decisions. The human brain is hardwired to latch on to negative input f...
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Dividing a 401k in a South Carolina Divorce case

In a South Carolina Divorce case all property acquired during the marriage is subject to equitable division. The South Carolina Equitable Apportionment Act sets forth the requirements a judge must follow when dividing marital assets. The South Carolina Equitable Apportionment Act states that all pr...
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How to choose a collaborative lawyer

An attorney recently told me that she was going to begin advertising that she did collaborative law cases.  This attorney has never been trained in collaborative law and has never even taken the mediation training, but she will now be informing the public that she is qualified to do collaborative l...
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How To Choose A Divorce Lawyer

If you have come to the difficult decision to separate from your spouse, you will need to understand how to choose a divorce lawyer.  This is an important choice because it will affect every aspect of your life. People approach this major life transition from widely differing directions.  You and ...
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How Much Should A Divorce Cost?

The main question we get from prospective clients is How Much Should a Divorce Cost. First, much is going to depend on the hourly rate of your attorney. All family court attorneys charge by the hour, and hourly rates range from a $150 per hour for associate attorneys to $400 and up for more experien...
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The Need for an Experienced Divorce Attorney

A woman, I’ll call her “Jane”, recently came to see me after a ruling in family court had gone seriously wrong.  Jane had separated from her husband after he was arrested for committing an act of Domestic Violence against her.  Jane and her husband had two children together, ages 7 and 11. J...
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