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Top Two Tips to Remember When Divorcing a Narcissist

By J. Benjamin Stevens | January 13, 2022

In most cases, separating and getting divorced is hard, even under the best of circumstances. However, staying in a bad marriage can be even worse, particularly if your spouse is a suspected or diagnosed narcissist. In psychological terms, narcissism refers to someone who is extremely selfish, who has a grandiose view of his/her own talents and a craving for admiration. As you…

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You’ve Been Served… Now What? What You Don’t Do Now Can Hurt You

By J. Benjamin Stevens | January 11, 2022

What You Don’t Do Now Can Hurt Your Case There are many scary things in this world, but hearing a person you don’t know ask your name just before handing you a sealed envelope thick with documents ranks high on the list. This is especially true if you never expected to be served with divorce or custody papers. Many of…

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How Does Willful Underemployment Impact Child Support in South Carolina?

By J. Benjamin Stevens | December 9, 2021

Child support is often one of the first topics potential clients ask about during a consultation. This isn’t surprising considering that when two parents separate or divorce, their two households must now survive on much less income than they were previously used to before the separation. Whichever parent is more likely to be providing the majority of the care for…

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Same-Sex Relationships Still Face Discriminatory Processes in South Carolina

By J. Benjamin Stevens | December 7, 2021

Friday, June 26, 2015, was a very important day in the history of family law jurisprudence, as the United States Supreme Court finally ruled once and for all that same-sex couples can marry nationwide. Justice Anthony Kennedy authored the opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court found that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people…

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Can I Have My Spouse Tested for Drugs?

By J. Benjamin Stevens | December 2, 2021
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One of the most common issues that comes up in divorce and child custody cases in South Carolina is the problem of substance abuse by one or both parties. While the party who wishes to file may have been an eyewitness to this conduct, one of the first questions they ask in a consultation is whether they are allowed to…

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Alimony for Stay at Home Moms Is on the Decline

By J. Benjamin Stevens | November 30, 2021

Over the past decade there has been a noticeable trend showing alimony for stay-at-home moms (SAHMs) is on the decline – along with others going through a divorce. Though alimony was once seen as common in cases where there is great income disparity, it has become increasingly rare in recent years, to the point that even those who seem to…

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Should I Ask for Lump Sum Alimony in My Divorce?

By J. Benjamin Stevens | October 28, 2021

Believe it or not, we are in the last quarter of 2021! We’ve all been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic effects it brought with it for over 18 months now. In the family law arena, we’ve seen the current economic climate create an increase in the number of actions seeking modification of existing child support and alimony…

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What Are the Benefits of Mediation in a Divorce Case?

By J. Benjamin Stevens | October 26, 2021

The Advantages of Negotiating a South Carolina Divorce Agreement in Mediation Mediation is an alternative form of dispute resolution which is growing in popularity because of its many advantages over traditional courtroom litigation to resolve divorce cases. South Carolina now requires mediation in most family court cases before a trial can be scheduled. Although most marriage vows include the phrase…

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Will I Be Awarded Attorney’s Fees in a Family Court Case?

By J. Benjamin Stevens | October 21, 2021

Family Court cases can be expensive. Some of the questions that we are most frequently asked involve cost, but the question we get most often is, “Is possible to require the other side to pay my attorney’s fees and costs?” Some other variations we get are, “If we ‘win’ the case, will the Court automatically require the other side to…

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3 Top Factors to Consider When Choosing a Family Court Lawyer

By J. Benjamin Stevens | October 19, 2021

After twenty-six years as a family court attorney, I can tell you that no divorce or custody case is ever the same as the last. The facts and people involved in each case are always different. While there may be similarities in how the family found themselves involved in a Family Court case, every person approaches the situation differently. The…

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3 Mistakes Made by Men During Divorce

By J. Benjamin Stevens | October 14, 2021

In our last post, I looked at three mistakes typically made by women during divorce, so now it’s time to focus on the men. (Yes, men do make mistakes sometimes!) Pursuing a new romantic relationship immediately after separation or while the divorce is pending While this seems to be obvious, it is by far the most common mistake I see…

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3 Mistakes Women Make During Divorce

By J. Benjamin Stevens | October 12, 2021

Divorce is a difficult process, even under the best circumstances when no mistakes are made by either party. However, in a typical case, each party will make certain mistakes no matter the amount of the advice, counseling, or warning they have received from their attorneys. This week we will examine the most common mistakes made by both women and men…

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Three Tips to Ensure Your High Asset Divorce Does Not Equal a High-Conflict Divorce

By J. Benjamin Stevens | October 7, 2021

After watching “reality” TV shows like The Kardashians or The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, it’s no wonder that the general public believes that the more property or money you have, the more contentious and expensive a divorce will be. However, not every high asset divorce has to be that way. In fact, by following some of these tips, it’s…

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Have You Been Falsely Accused of Sexual Abuse?

By J. Benjamin Stevens | October 5, 2021

Note: This blog post concerns false allegations of sexual abuse and is in no way intended to diminish the importance of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is real and happens. If you are an abuser, this entry is not for you. False allegations of sexual abuse have become more common in contested divorce and child custody cases. Many times, these allegations…

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Factors That Increase the Risk of Divorce

By J. Benjamin Stevens | September 30, 2021

While no two couples deal with stress in the same way, researchers have found that certain broad categories of life events have been shown to increase the likelihood of divorce. The hope is that by recognizing these contributing factors couples can acknowledge the difficulty surrounding them and take action to protect their relationship. So, what are the factors that increase…

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