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Common Law Marriage Abolished in South Carolina

By The Cate Law Firm |

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?

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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

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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

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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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What is the Difference between a Contested and Uncontested Divorce in SC?

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When a couple is facing a divorce, it is almost always a difficult and emotionally-taxing period in their lives. The marriage dissolution process can make things very stressful, depending on how the spouses decide to handle it. To avoid a long and contentious proceeding that is costly for both sides, spouses should try to… Read More »

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Ruth Cate Receives Women United Leadership Award

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Spartanburg attorney Ruth Cate has received the Women United Leadership Award from the United Way of Piedmont. This award is given to honor the achievement of an outstanding woman leader whose accomplishments are matched by her commitment to philanthropy. Women United is a group within the United Way of Piedmont that is dedicated to… Read More »

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Custody and Moving Out of State: What Rights do Non-Custodial Parents in SC Have?

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When two parents do not live under the same roof, one of the parents usually has primary custody of the child. In most cases, this means that the non-custodial parent has visitation rights, which could be something like every other weekend with the child, rotating holidays, etc.  This arrangement can work well as long… Read More »

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Preparing for Divorce Part 5: The Role of a Financial Advisor

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In Part 4 of our series, we turned our focus to finances, discussing the importance of creating a pre and post-divorce budget. Budgeting can be a tedious task, and many people feel like it puts too many constraints on what they are allowed to do financially. In reality, a budget puts you in much… Read More »

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How to Prepare for Divorce Part 4: Create a Pre & Post Divorce Budget

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In Part 3 of our series, we talked in detail about putting together your divorce team. This starts with choosing an attorney who focuses primarily on family law, has extensive experience both inside and outside the courtroom, and is someone you feel comfortable working with. We also talked about enlisting other professionals when needed… Read More »

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Taxes and the Divorce Process

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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 »

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