Experienced Fort Mill and Rock Hill Divorce and Family Law Attorney
Aggressive representation with a kind touch for families in York, Lancaster, and Chester Counties
Dealing with any legal issue is difficult. However, when the legal issues involve your marriage, children, and finances, the additional emotional strain can make an already complex legal system feel overwhelming and sometimes even hopeless. Therefore, it is essential that you have solid legal representation to help you navigate and avoid the many pitfalls that can dramatically impact the course of the rest of your and your children’s lives. You need an attorney who not only understands the law, but one who also understands the emotional and financial aspects of family law matters.
I’m Tom Holland, and I’ve spent the last 25 years fighting for others in court. The first part of my career, as a prosecutor, I fought to protect everyone from violent criminals. For the last decade, I have fought for individuals to protect the assets they have worked hard for and the well-being of children in family court. I have used this knowledge to provide families in Fort Mill, Rock Hill, and the surrounding towns and counties with the best legal representation possible.
I know first-hand that dealing with matters of the heart and financial security are not part of a “one size fits all” formula. I understand that every family’s situation is different and requires a customized approach. Let me use my unique experience to help you and your family achieve the best possible outcome to your particular family law matter. Call Holland Law today.
A knowledgeable litigator to handle all of your family law needs
Prosecuting murders, rapists, and other violent criminals, taught me the aggressive courtroom skills needed to win in any litigation setting. However, my years in family court has taught me that not every case requires a heavy hand. It is crucial to be able to fight when it’s time to fight. The key is knowing when it’s time.
In addition to my experience as a litigator, I worked five years as general counsel for a retirement plan administrator. There, I learned the intricacies of retirement plans. This knowledge has been a great asset, as retirement plan accounts are often a couple’s largest asset to be divided. Let my 25 years of experience help you with all your family law needs, including:
The breakdown of a marriage or issues involving children are major, stressful events in anyone’s life. You feel like your world is ending and the future is unsettled and uncertain. Hiring an experienced attorney will not only protect your legal interests, it also gives you peace of mind as you transition to your new life.
Parenting plans are useful tools that help couples co-parent
Nobody can argue against the premise that the best way to raise children is in a loving, supportive, stable home. However, just because the parents can't live together does not mean children have to be negatively affected by their breakup.
If parents can't live together, but can work together and co-parent, children can thrive. A well-crafted parenting plan is an essential tool in parenting children. The ideal parenting arrangement requires the parents to openly communicate, put the children's needs first, and make decisions accordingly. When parents can't agree on issues involving the children, a parenting plan can help ease the tension and create a path forward.
A good parenting plan will set the rules and guidelines for how disagreements will be solved in the future. Most parenting plans provide that the parents can deviate from the parenting plan when they agree. However, when they can’t, the parties have the parenting plan to fall back on. The parenting plan will address all the major areas of the children’s lives, and will cover issues including:
- Parenting schedules
- Arrangements for holidays and special dates
- Rules for travel and vacations
- Socializing with extended family and friends
- Handling schedule changes
- Making important decisions regarding education, medical, extracurricular, and religion
- Responsibility for expenses
- Communicating with kids when away
- Communication with the other parent
The parenting plan will address any area that a parent believes to be important or will minimize conflict. The goal of any parenting plan is to help the parties in raising their children to be happy, successful, well-adjusted adults. While many parents will attempt to make their own parenting plans, it is always best to hire an experienced family law attorney who can draft a thorough parenting plan that will serve your family’s needs.
Services for our military members
Family law matters involving members of the military have their own challenges and complexities that civilian cases don’t. The issues of custody, child support, alimony, equitable apportionment of assets and debts are involved whether the parties are military or not. However, there are additional rules that come into play when one of the parties is on active duty.
There are specific federal acts that have to be considered when one or both parties are in the military: the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA). Whether or not the South Carolina Family Court even has jurisdiction can be an issue.
If you are active duty military, former military, or the spouse or former spouse of a servicemember, it is important that you seek representation from an experienced attorney versed in the special issues that are involved.
Why Tom Holland is the right family law attorney for you
Unfortunately, certain family law actions can resemble going to war. Sun Tzu wisely said “move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the position is critical.” Family law is about finding the right strategy. It’s being able to discern between fighting a battle that does not advance your cause, or one that will impact your case.
My experience and background can help you know when it’s time to compromise, and when it is time to fight. My goal is to minimize the time, emotional upheaval, and expense, while at the same time achieving the results you want. While some attorneys will encourage a battle as a means to increase their own legal fees, my goal is to help you reach the best possible outcome for you and your children. But make no mistake – if a battle is warranted, I am the warrior you want on your side.
Contact Holland Law in Fort Mill or Rock Hill to reserve a consultation
If you have reached a point in your life where you need a family law attorney, likely things aren’t going as you had planned. At Holland Law, we can help. Meeting your family law needs in the York, Lancaster, and Chester County communities is important to me, not just as a knowledgeable attorney, but as someone who has been in your shoes. To schedule a consultation with me in either my Fort Mill office on Gold Hill Road, or in my Rock Hill office on Oakland Avenue, please call 803-288-3885 or reach out to me through my contact page.