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How to Improve your Self Esteem after a Divorce

By The Cate Law Firm |

Although divorce is far more common in our society than it was a couple generations ago, it can still be damaging to your self-esteem. Just contemplating the fact that the marriage you made a lifelong commitment to “didn’t work” can make you feel like a failure. You may have also had a manipulative or… Read More »

How to Improve your Credit Score After a Divorce

By The Cate Law Firm |

If you are facing a divorce, it has the potential to adversely impact your credit score for the foreseeable future. Although the credit reporting agencies do not lower your score simply because your marriage has been dissolved, some of the financial consequences of the process can cause your score to drop. This can happen… Read More »

When Does Child Support End in South Carolina?

By The Cate Law Firm |

In general, child support in South Carolina ends when the child turns 18, graduates from high school, or is otherwise emancipated. But it is not always this simple. For example, if the child is still in high school when they are 18, the support obligation will continue until the child graduates or turns 19…. Read More »

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?

By The Cate Law Firm |

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

By The Cate Law Firm |

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?

By The Cate Law Firm |

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

By The Cate Law Firm |

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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