Family Law

When Facing Tough Times… You Need Someone You Can Trust

Summerville Family Lawyers

Helping Families in Charleston County & Berkeley County

Let’s face it — sometimes it’s better for two people to go in different directions because their 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. This is especially true when children are involved. Fortunately, our team of family attorneys in Summerville can guide you every step of the way.

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 often 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!

Legal Support in Divorce Cases

The lawyers at TMW Law have represented hundreds of clients facing divorce.

Whether you’ve just been served divorce papers or 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. From there, our attorneys offer an approach based on your unique situation and the outcome you most desire. Most importantly, we do all the legal work so you can focus on moving forward with your life.

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

Types of Family Law Cases We Routinely Handle

Clients routinely turn to TMW Law for many reasons, but some of the most common are for assistance with cases involving:

If you’re considering any of the above or have another need related to family law, give us a call at (843) 891-6100. Let’s schedule a consultation, and from there, we can decide the best next steps.

Common Mistakes in Family Legal Issues

When navigating the complex waters of family law, people often make several critical mistakes, including:

  • Not Seeking Legal Representation: Attempting to handle legal matters without professional guidance can lead to unfavorable outcomes.
  • Underestimating the Complexity of Family Law: Family law involves nuanced statutes and case law that require expert interpretation and strategy.
  • DIY Legal Documents: Using generic online forms may seem cost-effective but can result in significant legal vulnerabilities.
  • Neglecting to Consider Long-Term Implications: Decisions made during family law disputes can have lifelong consequences, which are often overlooked.
  • Allowing Emotions to Drive Decisions: Emotional responses can cloud judgment and lead to regrettable decisions.
  • Underestimating the Importance of Communication: Poor communication not only complicates the legal process but can also adversely affect the emotional and psychological well-being of the parties involved.

How a Summerville Family Attorney Can Help

Engaging a Summerville family attorney can help you steer clear of these common pitfalls. With particular knowledge of South Carolina's family laws, a local lawyer provides the expertise necessary to understand the complexity of your case fully. They can ensure that all documentation is completed correctly and tailored to your specific situation, advocate for your interests in negotiations or court, and help manage the emotional aspects of family law cases with professional support. Most importantly, a family attorney in Summerville can offer strategic advice to protect your long-term interests, guiding you through decisions with an eye toward your future and the well-being of your family. With their help, you can make informed decisions devoid of the cloud of emotional judgment, ensuring your legal matters are handled efficiently and sensitively.

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 such as the division of marital property, child custody and visitation, support, and alimony. In addition, family lawyers can draft prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Adoption, guardianship, and 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 need to have a lawyer. However, retaining a family lawyer for even the simplest 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 an attorney, you’ll avoid any unforeseen blind spots.

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 grounds for divorce in South Carolina. 

They are:

  • Adultery
  • Habitual drunkenness or drug abuse
  • Physical cruelty
  • Desertion
  • No-fault divorce, which requires one year of separation

What Is Joint Legal & 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, & 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 could be required prior to a trial.

Are Divorce Records Public?

Yes! All court files, motions, pleadings, and 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 not a legal “status” in the state. So, even though spouses may be separated for one year while awaiting their divorce, they are still married. 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.

Contact us online or call (843) 891-6100 to speak with our family law attorneys in Summerville.

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