family law

Can a person be “common law married” while legally married to someone else?

An older gentleman met with me recently to discuss his desire to end his marriage. Both he and his wife were on their second marriages. They had no children and only some jointly acquired property.  He told me that they decided to be Common Law married in 2010 so his girlfriend could get on his...
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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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Child Custody

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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Charleston Family Law attorney

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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