Family Court Terminology

Family Court is one of the most complicated judicial systems in which a person can be involved.  Understanding basic Family Court terminology is essential for anyone involved in Family Court Litigation. The “Judgement” or “Order” of the Court Unlike many states, in South Car...
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Dividing Pensions In Divorce: What You Need To Know

All property acquired during the marriage is subject to division in a divorce. Pensions are considered property. It is important to understand the process involved in dividing pensions in divorce.   What Is A Pension? A pension is a private retirement plan sponsored by an employer.  Today, almost ...
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Family Court

Contempt of Court: Understand So You Can Comply

Understand the Terms of Your  Order and Avoid Contempt of Court Charges in Family Court Family Court Orders establish the rules that govern the post-separation relationship and they must provide clear direction to the parties.  The language in Family Court Orders must be plain and unambiguous to...
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Working With A Guardian Ad Litem

Working with a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in a Contested Custody Case in South Carolina. In a contested child custody action, the Guardian ad Litem can play a pivotal role in the judge’s final decision regarding the status of the child or children involved. The responsibility of the Guardian is e...
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How Long Will A Divorce Take

A common question a family law attorney will get is how long will a divorce take to be completed.  I wish I could give you a definite answer, but there are simply too many variables in a contested divorce case. Much will depend on the type of process you are utilizing to resolve your divorce.  [&h...
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Why Understanding the Family Court is Important

Understanding the Family Court in South Carolina is critical if you are facing the prospect of a divorce or separation.  Knowledge is power, and if you understand the system, you will be a great help to your attorney. South Carolina has excellent family court judges who show up on time for work eve...
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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 To Prepare For A Temporary Custody Hearing

If your Family Law Attorney has recently filed an action for divorce or separation, and an initial hearing has been scheduled, you need to know how to prepare for a temporary custody hearing if custody of  children is an issue. First, get your “story” together.  Draft a statement, no m...
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