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Can a Parent Move a Child Out of State Without Permission?

By J. Benjamin Stevens | August 9, 2020

A common fear among divorced parents is that after everything regarding child custody is finally settled and done, the other parent may get a new job or meet a significant other that makes them want to move out of state. Even in the best of circumstances, such a move can be hard, and it is made far worse when parents share custody of their children. No matter…

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Woman Sues to Undo Divorce, Claiming Husband Hid True Value of His Company

By J. Benjamin Stevens | August 7, 2020

An interior designer in Nashville, Tennessee recently filed a lawsuit against her former divorce attorney and her ex-husband seeking to undo her divorce agreement and reopen the financial settlement, claiming her husband duped her into agreeing to a relatively small settlement before turning around and selling his company for $100 million. But can you undo divorce? The case was settled…

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South Carolina Supreme Court Abolishes Common-Law Marriage!

By J. Benjamin Stevens | July 24, 2020

Breaking News: South Carolina’s highest court has abolished common-law marriage effective today, July 24, 2019, with it’s ruling in the Stone v. Thompson, Appellate Case No. 2017-000227 ruling. The Court found that there was evidence to show that the foundations supporting the need for common-law marriage have “eroded” with the passage of time and that the legal outcomes when this issue it litigated…

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Desertion as a Ground for Divorce in South Carolina

By J. Benjamin Stevens | July 17, 2020

When your relationship has soured to the point that you are considering filing for divorce, it is understandable how someone would want to get out of the house as fast as possible. Leaving and living elsewhere happens all the time as couples prepare for divorce, but in some cases the decision to leave can lead to accusations of abandonment. However,…

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Can You Lose Custody Because You Live With Your Boyfriend?

By J. Benjamin Stevens | July 10, 2020

Question: I have been told that since I am unmarried and live with my fiance’, the Court will give custody of my child to her father who never sees her. How can that be? Can I really lose custody of my child because I live with my boyfriend? Answer: First, you should be careful as to believing what “others” may tell you,…

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Two Become One? How South Carolina’s Common Law Marriage Doctrine Applies to Same-Sex Couples

By J. Benjamin Stevens | July 3, 2020

South Carolina is one of the few states recognizing common law marriage. Currently, only eight states and the District of Columbia fully recognize it.[1] The Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell opened the door to same-sex common law marriage in South Carolina. There are currently only three jurisdictions officially recognizing same-sex common law marriage: Iowa, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia.[2] However, a recent…

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Are You Ready for a Divorce? See What Dr. Phil Says

By J. Benjamin Stevens | June 27, 2020

About 20% of people that contact a lawyer about a divorce are not “ready” to actually get a divorce, according to a statistic cited by Dr. Phil on his show today Are You Ready For Divorce? Dr. Phil believes that most people are too quick to get divorced. The best divorce lawyers routinely advise their clients that they should explore every option for keeping…

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How to Change Your Name After a Divorce in South Carolina

By J. Benjamin Stevens | June 17, 2020

Though you may have wanted to take your husband’s name when you married, it can be a painful reminder of bad times to keep his name after you’ve divorced. It is for this reason that it is quite common for women to resume their maiden (or other prior) name change during or after a divorce. This article will discuss how…

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How to Legally Change Your Name in South Carolina

By J. Benjamin Stevens | June 9, 2020

It is not uncommon for women to change their name as part of a divorce, whether they are resuming their maiden name or even a prior married name.  While it is relatively easy to do this as part of a divorce, it’s much more complicated when doing so any other time. The issue often requires some serious thought for women,…

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What Happens at a South Carolina Family Court Pre-Trial Hearing?

By J. Benjamin Stevens | June 4, 2020
Family figure and gavel on table. Family law concept

In South Carolina Family Courts, all divorce and child custody cases are required to be resolved within a 365-Day window, or at least have a trial date set by the 365th day after the original filing date. This “365 Date” controls a lot of case strategy sessions throughout the life of a case when it’s handled by the attorneys involved.…

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Family Law Arbitration

By J. Benjamin Stevens | May 26, 2020

Family Law Arbitration is a private case settlement technique to resolve family law matters. Unlike litigation, arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that resolves a legal dispute without the necessity of a contested trial in Family Court. The arbitrator is a neutral third-party that considers the information and evidence presented by the disputing parties and then issues…

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Senior Partner J. Benjamin Stevens handles the international family law issues in our practice.

By J. Benjamin Stevens | May 26, 2020

In addition to handling divorce, child custody, and other family law matters throughout South Carolina, Mr. Stevens also handles matters related to international family law issues. When necessary, our firm partners with foreign lawyers who are local to the countries in which we work. This ensures that things run smoothly, which can therefore help provide an advantage, both in the…

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Establish the best child custody agreement for your family.

By J. Benjamin Stevens | May 26, 2020

The welfare of our clients’ children is paramount to us at Offit Kurman. In matters involving child custody and visitation, we are always sensitive to the needs of the children, and we work toward a resolution that will minimize the impact of litigation upon them. Our firm handles all aspects of child-related issues, including custody, visitation, child support, determination of…

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Trust Our Experienced Team of Family Law Attorneys with Your Divorce Case.

By J. Benjamin Stevens | May 26, 2020

Grounds for Divorce in South Carolina: In South Carolina, there are five different grounds for getting divorced: Adultery Physical Cruelty or Physical Abuse Habitual Drunkenness or Habitual Use of Drugs Desertion for more than one year Separation for a period of one year without cohabitation (sometimes referred to as a “no fault” divorce). If a party cannot prove any of…

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High profile and high asset divorce attorney, J. Benjamin Stevens, can put his comprehensive knowledge of family law to work for you.

By J. Benjamin Stevens | May 26, 2020

All family law cases are different, but some are more unique than others – particularly those involving high profile parties and/or high assets. Our senior partner, J. Benjamin Stevens, handles these types of cases, including divorce and child custody cases for celebrities, professional athletes, entertainers, local and international business executives, and their spouses and partners. If you or your loved ones have cases…

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