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I Think My Spouse Might be Hiding Assets, What Should I Do?

By The Cate Law Firm |

If you are facing a divorce, one of the major issues that needs to be settled is the division of marital assets. All assets that are part of the marital estate are supposed to be divided in a fair and equitable manner. But what if some of these assets are missing? If a spouse… Read More »

Should I Get an Annulment or Divorce in SC?

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When spouses want to dissolve their marriage, there are a couple different options; divorce or annulment. South Carolina allows annulments under limited circumstances, and in a large number of cases, divorce (or legal separation if you do not currently have grounds for divorce) will be the only options. What is an Annulment? While divorce… Read More »

What Not to Post on Social Media during a Divorce or Custody Action

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Divorce is a highly emotional time, and couples who are going through this process often feel the need to talk to someone about what they are experiencing. One outlet on which many divorcing spouses find tempting to express how they feel is social media. Most of us use social media to stay connected with… Read More »

Common Law Marriage Abolished in South Carolina

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What does the Ruling Mean for Cohabitating Couples in the State? On July 25th, 2019, the South Carolina Supreme Court issued a monumental decision abolishing common law marriage in the Palmetto State. This ruling applies to all common law marriages that would have been established on or after the date the decision was handed… Read More »

Do I Need a Lawyer for an Uncontested Divorce in South Carolina?

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No, you do not have to have a lawyer if you and your spouse are filing for an uncontested divorce in South Carolina. However, it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of a qualified family law attorney in all divorce cases. There may be some issues that you have not considered, and… Read More »

Preparing for Divorce Part 7: Make a Plan for the Rest of Your Life

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In our series on preparing for divorce, we have talked a lot about finances and dedicated several posts to this subject. This is because your financial life is extremely important, especially when you are going through a divorce. With two households to support on the same overall income, most people see a significant drop… Read More »

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Preparing for Divorce Part 6: Prepare a Post-Divorce Financial Plan

By The Cate Law Firm |

We’ve talked at length about finances in our previous two posts on preparing for divorce, and in this installment, we are going to wrap up our discussion about economics by focusing on your financial plan going forward after the divorce is over. We touched on this in Part 4 of our series when we… Read More »

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What is the Difference between a Contested and Uncontested Divorce in SC?

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When a couple is facing a divorce, it is almost always a difficult and emotionally-taxing period in their lives. The marriage dissolution process can make things very stressful, depending on how the spouses decide to handle it. To avoid a long and contentious proceeding that is costly for both sides, spouses should try to… Read More »

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Ruth Cate Receives Women United Leadership Award

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Spartanburg attorney Ruth Cate has received the Women United Leadership Award from the United Way of Piedmont. This award is given to honor the achievement of an outstanding woman leader whose accomplishments are matched by her commitment to philanthropy. Women United is a group within the United Way of Piedmont that is dedicated to… Read More »

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Custody and Moving Out of State: What Rights do Non-Custodial Parents in SC Have?

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When two parents do not live under the same roof, one of the parents usually has primary custody of the child. In most cases, this means that the non-custodial parent has visitation rights, which could be something like every other weekend with the child, rotating holidays, etc.  This arrangement can work well as long… Read More »

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