South Carolina Family Law Resources
The following links and resources are provided by the attorneys at The Cate Law Firm for the benefit of people seeking information and support on divorce and other family law matters in South Carolina, including child support and domestic violence. We hope these resources are helpful to you and lead you to the information you are looking for. If you have other questions, please see our FAQs page or browse our website. You can also give us a call at (864) 585-4226, or contact us online to speak with one of our dedicated family lawyers.
South Carolina Code of Laws – This link takes you to the table of contents for all South Carolina state statutes. For family law specifically, see Title 20 Domestic Relations, including Chapter 3 Divorce, or Title 63 South Carolina Children’s Code, including Chapter 15 Child Custody and Visitation.
South Carolina Courts website – From here you can locate the different courts in the state and find general legal information about the courts and legal process in the state. See the Family Court link for judges, locations, maps and a general description of the types of cases heard in family court.
South Carolina Family Court Rules – From this page, click on the Family tab to see provisions applicable specifically to family court. These rules are written mainly for lawyers, but reviewing them may help you answer any particular questions about the legal process as it applies to a divorce hearing, the enforcement of visitation, and other family law matters.
South Carolina Department of Social Services – DSS is one of South Carolina’s largest agencies and is responsible for a wide variety of family law services, including agency adoptions, domestic violence assistance, a paternity registry, child protective services, and more.
Child Support Calculator – This online calculator can help you estimate the amount of child support which may be ordered in your case. You will need to know the monthly gross income of both parents, the amount of health insurance premiums and medical expenses paid for the child, child care costs, and other information. Remember that this is only an estimate, and the family court judge is the final authority on the appropriate amount of child support.
Child Support Guidelines – Reviewing these guidelines can help you understand all the different factors which go into the computation and determination of child support. Remember that the judge has the ability to deviate from the guideline amount, based on arguments and evidence you present in court if you think a lower or higher amount should be paid.
If you are worried about the safety of yourself or your children, get yourself and your kids to a safe place and call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency. Otherwise, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline to find a shelter or other resources near you. If you are concerned your abuser may be monitoring your computer activities, it may be safer to use a computer terminal at the public library. You can also call the hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.