Domestic abuse is unfortunately common and widely under-reported in the United States. The risk of domestic violence is an insidious threat to millions of families in America, but the warning signs can be difficult to recognize. Because spousal abuse often begins small and gradually intensifies, the behavior becomes so normalized that an individual may not even realize they have become a victim. If your spouse or domestic partner exhibits any of the behavioral warning signs of spousal abuse discussed in this post, it is time to get help immediately.

Accurately determining income and other assets is an important aspect in every divorce case. The income of each spouse is used to determine an equitable division of marital property, as well as the number of potential alimony payments. In South Carolina, child support payments are also calculated based on the incomes of both parents. Like other divorce cases, income plays a large role in military divorces as well. However, an armed service member’s pay is not as straightforward as a typical civilian’s wages. Here’s what you need to know about military spouse divorce alimony and child support. We’ll walk you through how active duty military incomes are calculated when filing for divorce in South Carolina.

It is no longer rare for people to divorce after decades of marriage. While the overall divorce rate in the United States is at its lowest point since the 1970s, divorce among older Americans is on the rise. Nowadays, about 1 in 4 divorces are couples over the age of 50, making the 50+ demographic the largest segment of the divorced population. Since 1990, the number of older Americans seeking a divorce has more than doubled, and the figures are only expected to increase. Here’s what you need to know about divorce after 50 years old.

The majority of American households own at least one pet, including many families going through a divorce. A couple of animal lovers that consider their pets to be family members may be prepared to fight for custody of their fur-babies. Sadly, sometimes one spouse may use the other’s bond with the family pet as emotional extortion to gain something of financial value during the divorce process. Occasionally, pet custody matters will be heard in the courtroom for the judge to decide. As these cases become more and more common, some states are passing legislation to help family courts decide on pet custody in divorce.

An interesting aspect of foreign divorces is that foreign divorces are not per se recognized in the United States. To say this another way, if you obtain a divorce from your spouse in another country outside of the United States, the United States will not automatically recognize that divorce as being applicable in the United States without additional evidence. With additional evidence concerning the foreign divorce, a US state like South Carolina may recognize the divorce under the legal basis of comity. Once a divorce is recognized in the United States, the divorced parties may be eligible for certain state and federal benefits that they may not otherwise have been eligible for.

Sometimes a couple’s divorce is complicated because one of the spouses lives overseas or is a resident of another country. The international divorce process can be complicated because the divorce requires an intersection between international law and American law. While there may be special considerations when filing for an international divorce, don't let that stop you from getting a divorce if you believe your relationship needs one. Contact an experienced South Carolina international divorce lawyer today.

Not all divorces are the highly contentious, bitter nightmares that you hear about. Some divorcing couples are in full agreement that their marriage is over and are both ready to move on with their lives. When a divorcing couple is able to get along during their divorce proceedings, the experience can be a smooth, easy process because the spouses are engaging in a collaborative divorce.

For many individuals, getting divorced is a heart-breaking life-event. It is not uncommon for one of the spouses to be reluctant to end the marriage. One spouse may want out of the marriage though the other spouse may not want to end things. Sometimes one spouse leaves the other, effectively abandoning the marriage. We are often asked in situations where one spouse deserts the marriage, is abandonment grounds for a divorce?