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prenuptial agreement

Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

By The Cate Law Firm |

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

By The Cate Law Firm |

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

By The Cate Law Firm |

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

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 »

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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 »

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