Author: matthew

"It is a wise father that knows his own child." ~William Shakespeare The United States' first Father's Day was celebrated in 1910. In our culture, the role of fathers has changed over the years. Approximately 6 out of 10 men are fathers. That is about 70 million dads in the U.S. Among all stay-at-home parents, 16% are fathers. Even if the father is not a stay-at-home dad, "fathers who live with their children have become more involved in their children's lives than previous generations" according to the CDC. A father's involvement has been shown to have a positive effect on children and their wellbeing: (1) Reducing the chances of delinquency and substance abuse, and (2) Increasing the chances of academic success.

It is that time of year. Your teenagers are going to prom, that high school right-of-passage for many. Perhaps you remember your prom night and are completely relaxed, or your prom night was off the rails and you are now in a state of panic, or somewhere in between. All parents want their children to have fun, stay safe and be sober. Hopefully, you have been having conversations with your teen about sex, drinking, and drugs throughout their high school years. It is much better to have an on-going conversation instead of a “Rule Dump” right before prom. Make sure you and your teen are aware of potential pitfalls so that they can avoid any legal troubles.

If you’re like many people, you’ve probably heard that divorce is expensive. While there is some truth to the rumors, divorce does not have to break the bank. What many people don’t realize is that your behavior often plays a big role in the cost. The big takeaway should always be: the more amicable and peaceful the parties, the less the divorce will likely cost. Still, here are some tips on how to divorce cheaply. These tips can help reduce the overall expenses and costs associated with your divorce.

When meeting with a South Carolina Child Support Lawyer for the first time, there are a lot of questions you will likely want to ask. But you should also be prepared to bring a lot of documents and information with you, as these will help your attorney efficiently work through your situation and give you a more accurate picture of what child support you may owe. Here are some of the more important documents and information you will need for child support.

For decades, it was taken for granted that men fared worse in divorce than women, especially when it came to obtaining custody or visitation time with children. And for many years these assumptions seemed to hold true. Recent research, however, is showing that times may be changing in this respect. South Carolina child custody lawyers are seeing more fathers fight for custody than ever before. Courts are starting to acknowledge the benefits of involved fathers in children’s lives.

Here in South Carolina, a lot of divorcing spouses represent themselves in court. And for the most part, if there are no children and no assets, this can be okay. But a lot of self-represented parties find themselves in hot water when it comes to things like orders of protection. Here are five simple steps you can take to help you if you are ever served with a protective order.

If you live in South Carolina and want to get a divorce, then you’ve probably heard that you have to have grounds. In other words, you can’t just get divorced without a reason. This can be a little deceiving, though, because it makes it sound as though one spouse must have done something bad in order to justify dissolving the marriage. But this isn’t actually the case. You don’t actually need “fault” to get divorced.  You just need to meet one of the statutory or legal reasons for divorce. Under Section 20-3-10 of the South Carolina Family Code, here is a brief explanation of the specific grounds upon which you can base your divorce:

Every state handles divorce a little differently, but in general, parents are required to maintain basic support of their children during and after a divorce. This support can take many forms, ranging from making payments to a spouse in order to assist with groceries and other essentials to setting aside money for major expenses. In this post, we’ll discuss child health insurance after divorce.

For active duty military, divorce can be a very different experience. The demands and logistics of being in the Armed Forces can make it a lot more challenging just to do the basic things you normally have to do during a divorce. While technology has made all of this much easier in recent years, deployed service members are still at a great disadvantage in this regard, as are those who are stationed abroad. With this in mind, here are 5 steps for planning your divorce while overseas for military service.

Since so many South Carolina divorces and child custody cases involve at least one spouse who is currently serving in the Armed Forces or who have previously served, military pensions, thrift savings plans, and VA disability benefits are quite frequently a topic of great concern. Fortunately, the law is pretty clear on how these types of assets and benefits will be handled in a divorce. When it comes to VA benefits, divorce, and other disability compensation benefits, South Carolina divorce lawyers can offer some reassurance.