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Taxes and the Divorce Process

By The Cate Law Firm |

For couples who are going through a divorce, the last thing they are usually thinking about is their taxes. The divorce process will have major implications on many areas of your finances, however, and there are numerous potential tax consequences that divorcing spouses should be aware of. These issues should be addressed well ahead… Read More »

Preparing for Divorce Part 3: Develop your Support Group

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In Part 2 of our series, we discussed getting organized for your divorce. Before you start the process, you need to make sure you have your ducks in a row. This means organizing your financial documents and records, taking steps to receive your communications and correspondence securely and safely, keeping detailed records of important… Read More »

Divorce Agreements and Enforcing Visitation

Divorce Agreements and Enforcing Visitation

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Once you have completed the divorce process and the final decree has been issued, all parties are obligated to adhere to its terms and conditions, unless they are modified later on. Unfortunately, some ex-spouses do not live up to their end of the agreement. One of the most common issues where there is frequently… Read More »

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Preparing for Divorce Part 2: Getting Organized

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Last time, we talked about getting prepared emotionally for a divorce. You need to be absolutely sure that your marriage is irretrievably broken and/or you are no longer committed to saving it, commit 100% to follow through with the divorce in spite of the costs, spend some time for yourself during the process, and… Read More »

Prepare Emotionally for Divorce

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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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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