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child healthcare decisions and divorce in south carolina

Making Healthcare Decisions for Children of Divorce

By The Cate Law Firm |

Co-parenting after a divorce is not always easy, especially if you have experienced a lot of contention regarding parenting issues while you and your spouse were married. Healthcare is one area where this can become especially challenging. If you are newly divorced and think this might become an issue or you already have a… Read More »

divorcing parents and college tuition

Divorced Parents Paying for College in South Carolina

By The Cate Law Firm |

Over the last decade, the South Carolina Supreme Court has changed course several times regarding its rulings on the obligation of parents to pay college tuition for their children after a divorce. Initially, the Court ruled that it could be required.  That was reversed in Webb v. Sowell (2010), the Court ruling that compelling… Read More »

adultery and divorce in south carolina

Adultery and Divorce

By The Cate Law Firm |

South Carolina defines adultery as a person having sexual relations with someone who is not his or her legal spouse. Because South Carolina is a “fault” state when it comes to divorce, the person whose spouse had an affair with someone else can allege and then set out to prove the unfaithfulness as a… Read More »

divorce with special needs children

Unique Considerations for Divorcing Parents of Special Needs Children

By The Cate Law Firm |

Each year, millions of parents choose to end their marriage, which can have a profound effect on children. Divorce can be even more difficult for children with special needs and their parents. When the South Carolina family law courts look at custody and support agreements, there will be complications associated with determining what is… Read More »

adopting my stepchild

What is the Process for a New Spouse to Adopt a Step Child?

By The Cate Law Firm |

Blended families are now more normal in this country, and a new spouse might want to take steps to adopt a stepchild. There are several scenarios in which this might become an issue. A previously divorced parent may bring children into a new marriage, or a parent might marry with children who were born… Read More »

rights of unwed parents

What Are My Rights as an Unwed Parent?

By The Cate Law Firm |

As many as half of all children born in South Carolina are to unwed parents. Whether you are the child’s mother or father, the way that the law treats your rights is different than if you were married to your child’s other parent. Do Unwed Parents Have Equal Rights? According to South Carolina law,… Read More »

physical vs legal custody

Physical vs Legal Custody of Children

By The Cate Law Firm |

When you decide to separate from or divorce your spouse, there may be some contentious issues to resolve. This is particularly the case if you have minor children and are having trouble agreeing on who should have custody. When you divorce, custody of a child is broken down into two elements: physical and legal… Read More »

child support

Child Support During College

By The Cate Law Firm |

Divorces are often as much about financial planning as they are about emotions. While both parents are likely anxious to begin their new life, there is also the issue of what is in the best interests of their children and their future. Alternatively, you may not have ever been married to your child’s other… Read More »

How to Choose a Divorce lawyer

How to Choose a Divorce Attorney

By The Cate Law Firm |

Deciding to pursue a divorce or separation is certainly a difficult decision, but it can be only the first of many. You now need to hire a divorce attorney to ensure that someone fights for your rights and the best interests of your children. With issues as contentious as child custody and support, alimony,… Read More »

how to get a passport for children of divorced parents

Obtaining a Passport for a Child in a Divorced Home

By The Cate Law Firm |

Traveling outside of the United States can become complicated in the best of circumstances. When you desire to have your minor child accompany you and you’re no longer married or together with his or her other parent, the situation can grow complex in a hurry. The federal government imposes strict regulations about obtaining consent… Read More »

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