Spartanburg Family Law Attorney
If you find yourself facing that deepest relationship crisis, custody, separation or divorce, the David F. Wood Law Firm and his staff will be your advocate, keeping both your personal and family interests in view. We are committed to creating a clear path forward in these difficult circumstances, so that you and your family can continue to share in each other’s lives. Family Court cases are very personal and the services required vary from client to client. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your domestic situation with you personally.
David F. Wood handles the full range of family law including divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, annulment, pre-marital and pre-nuptial agreements, separate maintenance, separation and adoption
In South Carolina you must have grounds to file for divorce, one of these being that you and your spouse have lived separate and apart for a continuous period of one year. The other grounds for divorce include, adultery, habitual drunkenness (alcohol or narcotic drugs), and physical cruelty. The proof needed to allow the court to grant a divorce on one of these reasons depends on your circumstances. Testimony from a third party witness will probably be required. State law requires that a Family Court Judge make a specific finding that reconciliation is not possible before the Judge can grant a divorce.
A lawyer’s job is to represent your best interests in legal proceedings and advise you of your legal rights and obligations so you will better understand what a divorce involves. By providing both practical and legal advice, I can guide you through the process. Keep in mind that one lawyer cannot represent both you and your spouse.
When you and your spouse have separated but do not have grounds to file for divorce, you can apply to the court for the right to live separate and apart. This is done in South Carolina through an action for separate maintenance. The court can consider the issues of custody, visitation, child support, alimony, and equitable division of property in a separate maintenance case.
When parents cannot agree on who should have custody of their minor children, then the court must decide. Custody litigation is an expensive procedure and often very emotional for all involved. Many times a Guardian ad litem is appointed to represent minor children and their best interest in court. Likewise if the parents cannot agree to a visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent, the court must determine the visitation schedule, and a Guardian ad litem may be needed to represent the minor child in court.
Both parents are legally obligated to provide financial support to their minor children. Usually the non-custodial parent is required to pay child support to the custodial parent. The amount of child support to be paid is determined by the South Carolina Child Support Guidelines, which calculates the child support based on the parents’ gross incomes. If the child support is to be paid through the court, a collection fee of 5% is added to the child support amount in South Carolina.
When couples have accrued assets of their own prior to marriage, they may need to enter into a pre-nuptial or pre-marital agreement to protect these assets if the parties were to separate and divorce in the future. By fostering communication, a carefully structured agreement can help couples shape their future together by addressing their needs and values.
At the David F. Wood Law Firm we are experienced in both parts of the adoption process. First is the termination of the rights of the biological parents. Second is the court process of the actual adoption. We have experience guiding clients through both phases. Our firm is knowledgeable in all aspects of adoption, and we can provide expert advice and quality representation to our clients in this practice area.
Disputes around spousal support and alimony can quickly become adversarial because both parties are trying to protect themselves at the same time. An experience Spartanburg alimony attorney can help guide you through these mediations toward a satisfactory resolution.
At the David F. Wood Law Firm, we have an experienced attorney that can help you through these difficult negotiations. Through our experience, we understand the strategies that work and what our clients need from us. Trust us to deliver personal service and individual attention throughout your case.
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