South Carolina Family Law Attorneys Serving Spartanburg, Cherokee, Greenville & Union Counties
The Cate Law Firm is a full-service family law firm handling divorce and other family law matters throughout Spartanburg, Cherokee, Greenville and Union counties in upstate South Carolina. Below is a brief description of the service we provide in our main areas of practice. If you need advice or representation in any of these areas, give us a call at (864) 585-4226 to speak with one of our knowledgeable and compassionate family law attorneys.
To get divorced in South Carolina, you must meet the residency requirements and either be able to prove one of the fault-based grounds for divorce (adultery, physical cruelty, habitual drunkenness or drug use, or desertion) or live apart for one year with no reconciliation if applying for a no-fault divorce. We can help you through this process, whether you are seeking a fault-based or no-fault divorce. More importantly, our office provides advice and representation in the resolution of vital marital issues that most often must be decided as part of the divorce process. These issues include all of the following:
In no-fault cases, we can also help you obtain a legal separation through an action for separate maintenance and support, so you don’t have to wait until your divorce is final in order to address these essential matters. If you and your spouse are able to agree on these issues upfront, we can help you get divorced or legally separated more quickly with a simple or uncontested divorce.
Our lawyers are also here post-divorce to help with enforcement of child custody, child support or alimony court orders, or if circumstances have changed so that one of the parties is seeking a modification of one or more of those court orders.
Other Family Law Matters
As a full-service, comprehensive family law firm, the attorneys at The Cate Law Firm are here to help with the full range of family law services. Below are some of the more common family law matters we are frequently called upon to assist with in Spartanburg and surrounding communities.
Adoption – We help with relative adoptions, including Grandparent Adoptions and Stepparent Adoptions. A relative adoption can terminate the parental rights of one or more biological parents, which can become a complicated matter when a parent objects or where it is difficult to prove the necessary facts supporting the adoption. We work to obtain agreement among all parties where possible, or to provide effective advocacy in court where necessary to help the adoption succeed.
Paternity – If paternity has not been established prior to a divorce or child custody dispute, the determination of the child’s parentage can be essential to the resolution of child custody and child support matters. A biological father is legally obligated to financially support a child and may have rights to custody and visitation as well. Additionally, paternity can be important for many other reasons. A child should know his or her family medical history for personal medical reasons and also for getting married as an adult. Also, paternity can be important for establishing rights under inheritance laws or to receive certain government benefits that may be available. We can help establish or contest paternity in a divorce or other proceeding.
Grandparents’ Rights – Grandparents play an important part in their grandchildren’s lives, and often times play a key role in raising them. After a divorce, it is sometimes difficult for one set of grandparents to be able to maintain meaningful contact with the grandchildren. In appropriate cases, grandparents may intervene in a divorce or bring an action for Grandparent Custody & Visitation rights. We can help in these matters to find workable solutions in the best interests of the children and all parties involved.
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements – Premarital and postmarital agreements can help couples focus on their relationship without fear or worry that one party would be taken advantage of or not properly supported in the event of separation or divorce. Prenuptial agreements are especially helpful when there is a great disparity in the wealth, assets or incomes between the couple, or when either partner has been married before and went through a difficult divorce. The truth is, however, that any couple can benefit from the security prenuptial and postnuptial agreements provide. We can help make sure marital agreements are negotiated in a way that meets your needs and are drafted so that they will be enforceable and effective if needed.
Domestic Violence – Causing harm or threatening harm to a household member is a criminal act in South Carolina. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for domestic violence issues to be part of a divorce proceeding, whether issues of abuse led to the decision to divorce, or if emotions got out of control after the decision to divorce had been made and expressed. During heated moments or high-conflicts divorces, it is also not unheard of for remarks to be misinterpreted as amounting to domestic violence, or for allegations to be used in order to gain an advantage in a custody dispute or alimony decision. As dedicated family law attorneys, we act as strong advocates for the safety of children and others in the family, while also making sure our clients’ rights are respected in a divorce or other family law proceeding.
Get Help with Your South Carolina Family Law Matter
For help with a divorce or other family law matter in upstate South Carolina, contact The Cate Law Firm in Spartanburg to speak with dedicated and experienced family lawyers.