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How to Waste a Scandalous Amount of Money on Your Divorce

By J. Benjamin Stevens | March 15, 2022

Divorce is Expensive When a couple gets married, especially in today’s world of Insta-famous influencers and shows like Marriage or Mortgage, Say Yes to the Dress, and Disney’s Fairytale Weddings, the cost of a wedding can easily top six (or seven) figures even before the honeymoon begins. However, after spending that kind of money, the couples are never guaranteed to…

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How Using Latest Technology Can Lower Stress During Your Child Custody Lawsuit

By J. Benjamin Stevens | March 10, 2022

The Future is Now It’s hard for me to believe I’ve been practicing law for almost 27 years now. Most of that time, I’ve handled exclusively family court cases dealing with divorce and child custody. When I took my very first family court case, the internet was still something most people didn’t have access to on a regular basis, and…

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How a Family Court Judge Ruled in TV Star’s Emotional Child Custody Battle

By J. Benjamin Stevens | March 8, 2022

Actor Jesse Williams Settles Child Custody Case with Ex-Wife, Aryn Drake-Lee Earlier this month, Jesse Williams, best known for his portrayal of Dr. Jackson Avery on the hit TV series, Grey’s Anatomy, finally settled his child custody case with ex-wife, Aryn Drake-Lee. Drake-Lee had originally filed a post-divorce action seeking to reduce Williams’ custodial time with their two children. The…

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Prenuptial Agreements – Benefits and Mistakes to Avoid

By J. Benjamin Stevens | March 3, 2022

Who Needs a Prenuptial Agreement? Not everyone considering marriage will need a prenuptial agreement, but there are a few categories of people who should consider having a prenuptial agreement before the wedding. If either or both parties have significant assets, a prenuptial agreement may be right for your situation. Similarly, anyone who owns a business prior to marriage or has…

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Father Wins Child Custody Case and is Awarded Over $675,000 in Legal Fees

By J. Benjamin Stevens | March 1, 2022

In a decision that is likely to send shockwaves through the Canadian family law community, a father has won a child custody case and been awarded $677,610 in legal fees. The unprecedented award is thought to be the largest ever granted in a Canadian child custody case. The father, who cannot be named due to a publication ban, had been…

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Three Reasons to Use a Financial Expert in High Asset Divorces

By J. Benjamin Stevens | February 24, 2022

Unlike some states that have “community property” laws in divorce cases, South Carolina is an “equitable distribution” state. This means that in any separation or divorce where assets, debts, and property must be divided, there are several factors that come into play when determining the percentages of the marital estate each party will retain post-divorce. When marital estates exceed one…

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Using Text Messages and Other Mobile Data in Divorce and Child Custody Cases

By J. Benjamin Stevens | February 22, 2022

With the prevalence of smartphones today, it should be no surprise that some of the most frequent evidence in a modern divorce and child custody case are text messages or other electronic evidence. Many potential clients will come to their consultation appointment with pages and pages of screenshots printed out, but it can often be very difficult to follow the…

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5 Reasons You Need an Attorney for Your Child Custody Case

By J. Benjamin Stevens | February 17, 2022

If you are going through a child custody case, regardless of whether it’s an initial determination or a custody modification case, it has never been more important to have an experienced attorney by your side from the start. Here are five critical reasons why: An attorney can help you understand the process and what to expect. Many child custody cases…

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Divorce After 50: What Couples Need to Know

By J. Benjamin Stevens | February 15, 2022

Divorce is never easy, but it can be especially difficult when you are over 50. These so-called “grey divorces” have been on the rise in recent years, and there are several things that couples need to consider when going through this process. One of the most important things to remember is that assets accumulated during the marriage must be divided…

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Debt and Divorce in South Carolina

By J. Benjamin Stevens | February 10, 2022

I have conducted thousands of divorce consultations over my career, and I have noticed a surprising trend over the years. Post-divorce debt is an important issue that is almost always forgotten by the parties when considering whether to divorce their spouse. Many people are under the impression that the spouse at fault for the divorce will be stuck with the…

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Confidentiality in South Carolina Family Court Cases

By J. Benjamin Stevens | February 8, 2022

It can be hard to discuss embarrassing or sensitive issues with a stranger during a divorce, even if that person is your attorney. It can also be hard to feel secure bringing up matters like money, children, or possible infidelity with a person you may not have yet retained to represent you. Thankfully, the attorney-client privilege requires your lawyer (or…

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Annulments in South Carolina

By J. Benjamin Stevens | January 27, 2022

Over the past twenty years, we’ve all watched several celebrities, such as Britney Spears, Mario Lopez, Janet Jackson, Kenny Chesney, and Kim Kardashian just to name a few, have their marriages annulled and act as if they never happened. But what does having a marriage annulled really mean, and is this something that is available for “regular” people who regret…

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Can One Parent Deny Visitation to the Other Parent?

By J. Benjamin Stevens | January 26, 2022

Many people worry that once a child custody case is finalized, there’s less incentive to remain on good behavior. The fear is that without a judge and/or Guardian ad Litem watching and the threat of a contempt of court finding looming over parents, it’s easier to ignore parenting plan orders and visitation schedules and simply make up rules, potentially even…

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How to Enforce South Carolina Family Court Orders

By J. Benjamin Stevens | January 20, 2022

Regardless of whether your family court order was the result of a long, contested family court trial or an agreement that was approved and adopted by the judge after attending mediation with your opposing party, the order must be followed by both parties to avoid allegations of contempt. Most family court orders contain provisions requiring one or both parties to…

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5 Ways to Stay Sane After a Divorce

By J. Benjamin Stevens | January 18, 2022

One of the hardest things to ever endure in life is divorce. No matter their duration or severity, they can take their toll on both parties involved, as well as their friends and family. It’s important not to get stuck in the past but to move forward and keep an optimistic perspective on what the future holds for you. Below…

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