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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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How Divorce Effects Taxes

By The Cate Law Firm |

It’s that time of year again – tax time, that is. Indeed, taxes are due April 17, 2018, which means that if you haven’t started filing–or at least asked for an extension–the deadline is slowly closing in. If you were recently divorced, or if you are in the middle of a divorce, you may… Read More »

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Thinking of Divorce? Start Doing These 3 Things Now

By The Cate Law Firm |

Marriage isn’t always easy, and the average couple in a marriage will experience many highs and lows over their years together, with some of the lows being so low that the intervention of marriage counselor or other professional is a necessity. Indeed, some couples may even spend time apart at some point over the… Read More »

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How To Adopt A Child in South Carolina

By The Cate Law Firm |

Some of the happiest moments in South Carolina’s family courts take place when a judge finalizes an adoption. While some adoptions can be simple, such as when a stepparent or grandparent adopts their stepchild or grandchild and all parties consent, others are more complicated. When parental rights must be terminated, or there are matters… Read More »

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I Want My New Spouse to Adopt my Child

By The Cate Law Firm |

The make-up of the American family has shifted considerably, and we now embrace a wide variety of domestic situations that are in a child’s best interests. In some cases, a stepparent may wish to fill the void that exists in a family and legally adopt their spouse’s children. While close relationships are possible without… Read More »

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How Is Child Support Calculated in South Carolina?

By The Cate Law Firm |

Making sure that all children are provided for is one of the primary goals of the family courts throughout South Carolina. That means that when parents divorce, child support is almost always part of the divorce settlement; both parents have a legal obligation to provide for their child financially. If you are not the… Read More »

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