Family Lawyer

Summerville · Moncks Corner · Goose Creek · Charleston

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Let’s face it, sometimes it’s better for two people to go in different directions because the relationship is no longer healthy, fulfilling, or sustainable.

Nothing could be closer to the truth in cases involving neglect, verbal abuse or domestic violence. But, it’s not always easy taking that first step because of the many unknowns, and this is especially true when children are involved.

Fortunately, our team of family lawyers can guide you every step of the way, ensuring that your every move is in your absolute best interest.

You see, most divorce cases, especially those involving child custody battles, are extremely emotionally charged. Under these circumstances best judgement tends to be clouded and poor decisions are frequently made. These poor decisions oftentime can’t be undone and you’re stuck with the consequences the rest of your life.

We want to help you avoid that.

We handle all matters related to family law, so whether you need a Summerville divorce lawyer or a lawyer for child custody issues we can help.

Tri-County Divorce Lawyers

The divorce lawyers at Templeton Mims & Ward have represented hundreds (100’s) of clients facing divorce in and around the Tri-County area throughout the years.

Whether you’ve just been served divorce papers or you want to file for divorce-we can help. We fully understand what you’re up against and we know from experience that no two divorce cases are the same. That’s why we thoroughly evaluate your case and from there our divorce attorneys offer an approach based on your unique situation and the outcome you most desire.

Most importantly, we do all of the legal work so that you can focus on moving forward with your life. From child support to spousal support our alimony lawyers will work diligently to get you what you deserve.

We’re also here to answer all of your questions so that you can make an informed decision. For example, people often want to know 1.) how much a divorce in South Carolina will cost, and 2.) what the grounds for divorce are in SC just to name a couple. We’re always available to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have before, during and after the process.

People Turn To Us When

Clients routinely turn to Templeton Mims & Ward for many reasons related to family law, but some of the most common reasons are when they want:

  • A divorce
  • To modify child visitation agreements
  • Child support
  • To adopt a child
  • To change their name

If you’re considering any of the above or have another need related to family law, give us a call. Let’s schedule a consultation and from there we can decide the next best steps.

Types of Family law Cases We Routinely Handle

  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Adoptions
  • Grandparents’ Rights
  • DSS Cases (Abuse and Neglect)

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a family lawyer do?
In general, most people think family lawyers deal primarily with divorce. That’s probably true, but family law encompasses much more than divorce. Family lawyers deal with family related issues and domestic relations such as division of marital property, child custody and visitation, support and alimony. In addition, family lawyers can draft prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Adoption, guardianship, child abuse and neglect are also areas of family law.
How much do family lawyers cost?
The cost varies greatly. In short, it depends on a great number of factors and the level of complexity of your case. It’s best to schedule an initial consultation with a family lawyer and go from there.
I’m getting a divorce. Do I need an attorney?
No, you aren’t required to have one. If children or marital assets are not involved then you don’t technically have to have a lawyer. However, retaining a family lawyer for even the most simple divorce comes with peace of mind and the benefit of not having to figure out what steps you need to take on your own. Not to mention, by hiring a divorce attorney, you’ll avoid any unforeseen blind spots which contributes to peace of mind.

In cases that do involve children or marital assets, having an attorney is always a good idea. These issues complicate a divorce case. You need someone who has experience navigating the situation and can help prepare you for what is to come.

What are the legal grounds for obtaining a divorce in SC?

There are five (5) grounds for divorce in South Carolina. They are:

  1. Adultery
  2. Habitual drunkenness or drug abuse
  3. Physical cruelty
  4. Desertion
  5. No-fault divorce which requires one year’s separation
What is joint legal and joint physical custody?
Joint legal custody is a form of child custody in which legal custody rights are awarded to both parents. Legal custody means that both parents share major decisions with respect to medical care, religious upbringing, education and more. In addition, if joint physical custody is awarded, both parents typically will share equal amounts of time with the children. There are other types of custody, but joint custody is the preferred type of custody in South Carolina.
Do grandparents have visitation rights?
Unless the courts order otherwise, grandparents typically only have an actual right to visit their grandchild if the grandparent is granted visitation. This is known as “grandparents’ rights.”
What is mediation in divorce, and how does it work?
Mediation with respect to divorce is when you and your spouse hire a neutral third party–called a mediator–to meet with you to discuss and resolve divorce issues. Mediation can be less stressful and less expensive than a divorce trial and required prior to any trial.
Are divorce records public?

Yes! All court files, motions, pleadings and any orders of the court along with the final decree are public record. Essentially, anyone who’s interested can access these documents.

How does legal separation work in SC?
In South Carolina you’re either married or you’re not. Technically there is no such thing as legal separation in the sense that it’s a legal “status.” So, even though spouses may be separated for one year while awaiting their divorce, they are still married. In addition, if you date while separated this conduct could be considered adultery which only complicates your divorce.
What is an uncontested divorce?
An uncontested divorce in South Carolina is when the divorcing couple can agree on everything, such as custody, child support, finances and property.

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Let’s discuss the details of your case and see if we can help.