Divorce is one of the most serious issues in law and affects millions of people each year. A marriage doesn’t simply dissolve with the signing of papers. It may be one of the toughest things you’ll ever face. Don't face it alone.
Divorce law in South Carolina can be complex. We have five grounds for divorce, which include physical cruelty, adultery, habitual drunkenness, abandonment and "no fault." The "no fault'' option requires the parties to live separate and apart for at least one year. Because of this requirement, many divorce actions first involve an action for separate support and maintenance to address issues such as support, child custody and visitation during this one year period.
To begin a divorce action, one party must file the initial Summons and Complaint, which states the grounds on which the divorce is being sought. This document will also make a request as to the division of marital property, alimony and issues related to any minor children born of the marriage (child custody, visitation and child support). Once the Summons and Complaint is filed, the opposing party must be served and has thirty (30) days to respond.
Regardless of the grounds for the divorce, whether you're the plaintiff or defendant and how well you and your spouse are currently getting along, it's not easy nor advisable to navigate the process of divorce alone. In reality, there are no “winners” in a divorce case, but neither party has to be considered a loser or endure the process without representation. Here's how our family court team can help:
We will educate you. From your first consultation, we will give you the information you need to empower you during the process. We make sure you know how the law may impact you and explain what you might expect as far as spousal support (alimony), child support, and property division issues.
We will work hard to resolve issues, not make them worse. It's a sad state of affairs, but there are attorneys known for making matters worse. We don't complicate issues or stir the pot simply to increase our fee. Our goal is to help you move forward with your life, confident in your decisions and our representation. For those client's with children, this is particularly important as you will have to co-parent for the rest of your life. We will make every effort to resolve your case through negotiation or mediation, but if that's not possible, rest assured that we will be prepared to take your case to trial and advocate for your best interest.
We bring our firm's "AAA" promise to every case. Family Court issues can be incredibly stressful on all involved, which is why our firm's promise to be accountable, accessible and astute is incredibly important. The emotional benefit of the right lawyer is immeasurable. Choose wisely.