Seven Sample Child Visitation Schedules

Child Visitation

Not so long ago, noncustodial parents usually ended up with a standard visitation schedule: every other weekend, plus some holidays and a couple of weeks in the summer.

These days, though, many couples develop their own visitation plan during mediation. After all, they know their family’s needs and personalities far better than a judge. Even in hotly contested… [Continue reading]

Uncontested Divorce in South Carolina

Uncontested Divorce

Divorce has a well-earned reputation as a long, contentious, emotionally draining process. But what happens when you and your spouse actually agree on how to resolve things? Can you get a quick divorce?

South Carolina does have a procedure for an uncontested, or simple, divorce, but it’s not exactly quick. Before you can even file court papers for an uncontested divorce, you must have lived separately for… [Continue reading]

What Do You Do When Child Support Payments Stop?

Child support can be the lifeblood that carries a parent financially by from one month to the next.

So when that regular monthly or bi-monthly child support check doesn’t show up in the mail one day, or isn’t dropped off on time, it can be a jarring event. Who should you call? Your ex? Your attorney?  His employer?

The first thing that is very good… [Continue reading]

We’re Getting a Divorce – What Should We Do With Our Joint Accounts?

When two people split and decide to get a divorce in South Carolina, suddenly the math sets in. How can we use the limited income and assets that used to support one home to now support two?

That’s often when a rush for the bank accounts takes place. But before estranged spouses run headlong to their local financial institutions to quickly drain every penny out… [Continue reading]

Common Law Marriage in South Carolina

Common Law marriage

There are many misconceptions about common law marriage in South Carolina, and whether it even exists or is relevant in the 21st century.

But common law marriage does exist in South Carolina, and can be critical when a couple that by everyone’s account lived their lives “like they were married” unexpectedly breaks up.

Suddenly, questions like “who owns that house they bought five years ago?”, as well as… [Continue reading]

What Happens to Military Benefits After Divorce?

Military Family Benefits

One of the great things about being a member of the military or in a military family is the perks. You could get a reduced housing cost perk, free or reduced medical care perk, free or reduced price meals, child care, free education, reduced moving costs and even access to bargain basement prices at the local military base exchange.

But after a divorce, what happens to… [Continue reading]

How Mediation Can Help Your Divorce

The early stages of divorce are full of negative emotions – hurt, guilt, fear, anxiety, anger and confusion. These emotions can quickly escalate an amicable separation into a nasty court battle.

If you and your ex are both determined to win, then negotiating may be the last thing on your mind. But mediation – where you discuss issues and attempt to reach an agreement with the assistance of a… [Continue reading]

Divorcing an Attorney

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Divorce is never easy, but divorcing an attorney can seem particularly challenging.

If you’re married to a lawyer, you know that lawyers tend to be smart, analytical, and argumentative. You’re likely to assume that your lawyer spouse has an unfair advantage in your divorce because he or she understands all the rules, is friends with everyone in the courthouse, and has already formed a master plan to take advantage… [Continue reading]

What Happens to the Military’s Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) After Divorce?

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People in the military don’t always get the pay most people think they deserve.  Therefore, they often rely on perks like the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) to boost their overall compensation.

So when servicemembers are getting separated, they are often frantic to understand what fate awaits these perks after divorce, and what they can do to hold onto these often hard-fought benefits.

Is their BAH going… [Continue reading]

50 Percent of Marriages End in Divorce? Not Anymore.

For years now, everyone has quoted the same grim statistic about the divorce rate in America: half of all marriages end in divorce.

Surprisingly, though, that number isn’t so accurate anymore.

In the years after World War II, divorce wasn’t all that common. The divorce rate shot up in the 1970s and early 1980s, as the women’s movement and the social upheaval of the 1960s changed attitudes about… [Continue reading]