12 Divorce Resources for Children and Teens

A parents’ divorce forces children to confront a seismic change in their lives.

They may have to adjust to living in two homes instead of one.  There may be a new boyfriend or girlfriend at mom’s or dad’s house.

They may feel they’ve been thrust in the middle of a battle between two warring parents, with each asking them to take sides.

They may feel angry, guilty… [Continue reading]

Types of Child Custody in South Carolina

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For many parents, the prospect of not seeing their children every day is one of the most gut-wrenching parts of a divorce.  And regardless of where the children live, most parents want to continue to be involved in the major decisions that affect their children’s lives.

But it’s not these parental needs that determine how child custody will be decided.  Instead, judges award child custody based on the… [Continue reading]

The Five Best Divorce Blogs for Women

Divorce is an emotional roller coaster.  It can make you feel crazy, frightened, depressed and giddy.  You suddenly have to navigate legal, financial, parenting and relationship issues that you probably never expected to confront.

Divorce blogs can help you find your way through a divorce. A good divorce blog can offer the comfort of a virtual friend who’s been through the process and survived.  It can offer expert financial… [Continue reading]

Does Your Spouse Automatically Get Half Your Assets?

If each divorcing spouse automatically got half of the marital assets and debts, most people could probably handle their own divorces and many matrimonial attorneys would be looking for another line of work.

But of course it is never as simple as that.

South Carolina, like most states, is a state where Family courts bend over backwards in an effort to be “fair” and “equitable” to the parties… [Continue reading]

Keeping the House After Divorce

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For most married couples, their home is their biggest asset. So what happens to that asset in the event of a divorce? Under South Carolina law, any “marital property” is subject to “equitable apportionment.” This means a judge need not split a couple’s assets 50/50, but rather must ensure each party is treated fairly. Ideally, the divorcing couple will reach their own settlement as to the disposition of marital… [Continue reading]

Where Do You File for Divorce?

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Once you make the decision to end your marriage, the first question you will likely ask yourself is, “Where do I go?” Divorce is not an informal matter. It is a judicial proceeding, which means even if your spouse does not contest the divorce, you will still need to go to court.

But which court? In South Carolina, the judicial system is divided into 16 “circuits,” each encompassing two… [Continue reading]

How Fast Can You Get a Divorce?

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We have all heard horror stories about nasty divorce cases that take years to settle in the courts. But what about cases where the spouses agree to separate amicably and go their separate ways? Just how fast can a couple obtain a divorce from the courts?

Uncontested & No-Fault Divorces

Under South Carolina law, if nobody is legally at fault for the breakdown of the marriage—that is, neither spouse… [Continue reading]

High Value Assets in South Carolina Divorce

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When the difficult decision to get a divorce is finally made, it’s never too early to start looking at all areas of the marriage that will ultimately demand a meeting of the minds to successfully separate, however hard these decisions might be.

This is particularly true if you have obtained high value assets like a vacation home, retirement and substantial investment accounts, or an ongoing business during… [Continue reading]

The Value of International Property In a Divorce

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Valuing and dividing property in a divorce is often difficult and contentious, but when the property is located overseas, the complexities multiply.

International property may be subject to state divorce law, federal tax law and the laws and procedures of the country where the property is located.  For a couple with property in a few different countries, the tangle of international laws can make for a lengthy and expensive… [Continue reading]

Complex Property Division in Divorce

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The division of property is, aside from child custody, the most contentious issue in a divorce proceeding. When the divorcing spouses cannot reach an agreement on complex property division issues, South Carolina law requires a judge to “make a final equitable apportionment” based on several factors. Keep in mind, South Carolina courts will only apportion property acquired during the marriage and held by the couple at the time they… [Continue reading]