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Prepare Emotionally for Divorce

Preparing for Divorce Part 1: Prepare Yourself Emotionally/Get Ready

By The Cate Law Firm |

Getting a divorce is one of the most consequential decisions individuals ever have to make. The process of ending a marriage that you have invested so much of your life into can be very stressful to say the least. The divorce process can last several months or more, depending on how contentious the case… Read More »

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My Spouse Got a Raise at Work: Can I Get Child Support and Alimony Modified?

By The Cate Law Firm |

If you have a court order that provides for either child support or alimony payments in South Carolina, this is considered the final decision by the judge that cannot be changed without an appeal. However, child support and most alimony awards are modifiable if circumstances substantially change. For example, if an ex-spouse earns more… Read More »

Visitation and the Holidays

Divorce, Visitation, and the Holidays

By The Cate Law Firm |

The holidays may take on a different meaning for families in the midst of a divorce or not too far removed from the process. When parents live in separate homes, and even great distances from each other, this complicates spending quality time with children during the holiday season, and it can lead to conflict…. Read More »

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Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

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Prenuptial agreements, also known as premarital agreements or “prenups”, are written contracts between two individuals who are getting married. A prenup can lay out, in advance, most of the financial terms and conditions of a potential divorce or future death of either spouse. Premarital agreements are not new—they have been around in some form… Read More »

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Gray Divorce – The Increasing Numbers of Adults over 50 Getting Divorced

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At a time when the divorce rate has been declining among younger adults, the divorce rate among adults over the age of 50 is on the rise. According to a Pew Research Center study, the divorce rates among U.S. adults who are 50 years of age or older is nearly double what it was… Read More »

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How Will a Criminal Record Impact Child Custody and Visitation in South Carolina?

By The Cate Law Firm |

During a divorce, child custody and visitation are important issues that must be resolved. These issues can emotionally-charged, and divorcing spouses often have serious disagreements about who should have the kids and/or how much time the non-custodial parent is allowed to spend with them. When parents are unable to agree on these issues, it… Read More »

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The Process of Divorce in South Carolina

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The state of South Carolina has both fault and no-fault divorces. To dissolve your marriage in SC, you must first meet residency requirements, then have grounds for a fault divorce or meet the no-fault requirements. The process can become complicated depending on whether or not the issues involved in the marriage dissolution are contested,… Read More »

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Types of Alimony in South Carolina

By The Cate Law Firm |

During a divorce, alimony can be a contentious and emotionally-charged issue. Sometimes referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance, alimony is a payment made from one spouse to another to provide financial support (for the recipient spouse) during and after a marriage dissolution. Alimony is not awarded in every divorce case, and there… Read More »

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 »

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Divorced Parents Paying for College in South Carolina

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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 »

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