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A Globe-Spanning Parental Abduction Case, 23 Years in the Making

It used to be automatically assumed that, upon a divorce, the children would live with the mother and have visitation with their father. This premise, called the “tender years” doctrine, is no longer the standard, because children fare best when both parents are active participants in their lives and upbringing. Still, child custody can be…

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Can Text Messages Prove Adultery in a Divorce?

Adultery is a common reason couples divorce, and can be claimed in a fault-based divorce. However, to make an adultery allegation, you must have hard proof. You may hear about an affair through gossip or your circle of friends, but this is not enough for the court. Our clients sometimes ask if things like text…

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How Do I File for Emergency Custody in South Carolina?

A child’s home should be a safe place, a stable and permanent space for their healthy upbringing. Parents and guardians have a responsibility to provide this for their children’s welfare. However, when their home environment puts a child in immediate danger, South Carolina emergency custody attorneys can step in and help get them to safety.…

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Will I Lose My License for a First DUI Offense in South Carolina?

Usually the first question our clients ask after they are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) is whether or not they are going to lose their driver’s license. No matter the circumstances, DUI is a serious offense in South Carolina. You will face penalties, but the severity of these penalties will depend on the…

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What Does “Best Interests of the Child” Really Mean?

It does not matter whether a divorce is amiable or acrimonious; when matters of child custody are at play, emotions can run high. It is natural to want your child with you as much as possible, and it is important to understand how the court determines the best interests of the child. The “best interests…

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The Best Time to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney

When you are the subject of a criminal investigation, accused of a crime, or have already been arrested, the best time to hire a criminal defense attorney is now. Whether the charges are minor or serious, having experienced counsel in your corner is the best chance for a successful outcome for your case. The sooner…

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Getting Divorced? You Need a Business Valuation

If you own a small business or sole proprietorship and are considering divorce, the division of marital assets becomes even more important. During this process, spouses identify, evaluate and divide their marital property. For some couples, division of property can be straightforward – typically dividing up things like bank accounts, vehicles and homes. However, in…

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Important Information for Business Owners Seeking a Divorce

Divorcing takes a lot out of you mentally and emotionally, in general. When you own a business it presents an entirely new area of concern to keep you awake at night. Will your spouse be entitled to part of your company? Will you have to sell anything off? How are you going to manage things…

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Boating Under the Influence Is a Serious Crime

It seems at least once a year we hear about someone being killed on South Carolina’s waterways in a tragic boating accident. In 2020, there have been at least 3 so far: one in Lake Murray, one in Lake Wylie, and one in Lake Keowee – the 35th death in Lake Keowee in the last…

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The Complications of High Net Worth Divorce & Inherited Wealth

In South Carolina, inheritances are typically immune to equitable division during divorce, and this rule applies regardless of the form of the inherited asset – whether cash, real estate or any other type of property. This also applies whether the spouse received the inheritance before or during the course of the marriage. However, although this…

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