• If you are trying to get a divorce in South Carolina, you need to be aware of the different ways in which you may do so. The fault based grounds for a South Carolina divorce according to S.C. Code § 20-3-10 are: Adultery, Habitual Drunkenness or Narcotics Abuse, Physical Cruelty, and One Year’s Desertion. Evidence is needed in all of these fault-based grounds.
• There is also a no-fault divorce in South Carolina: A one-year continuous separation. That means that you and your spouse have to live separate and apart without cohabitation for a period of one year. If the one-year separation is not met yet, but you still want to file for an Order of Separate Maintenance and Support, Angelica Hernandez can arrange that for you and guide you through the process.
CHILD SUPPORT IN SOUTH CAROLINA:
• Child support is determined by formula now according to the South Carolina Department of Social Services guidelines. There are other factors that are taken into consideration for which a deviation is needed. Angelica Hernandez can run those calculations for you and advise you on your rights and obligations.
• An agreement can be reached by you and your spouse, or the attorney can negotiate and agreement for you. Otherwise, the court in South Carolina divides the property in what is called equitable distribution. Equitable distribution is determined by many factors considered by the Judge, including fault on one of the parties. Other factors influence the Judges decision. Angelica Hernandez can inform you of those factors and advise you to obtain the desired result.
HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO PAY?
• The cost of a divorce depends in large part on the participants. Just like your marriage, the decision to terminate the union and how is done is up to the two of you.
• There are lower cost divorces in which the parties are in agreement; those are called uncontested divorces (no property to divide, no child custody or support at issue, total agreement).
• On the other hand, a divorce in which the parties are not in agreement is inherently costly because it involves time and negotiation, evidence, mediation, and on occasion, more than one hearing. It is absolutely true that some divorces require time and money; it all depends on what is at stake and how important it is to you.
SOUTH CAROLINA ADOPTION ATTORNEY:
• If you are looking to terminate parental rights of a biological parent, and initiate the adoption process for a stepparent, Angelica Hernandez, as an adoption attorney can guide you through the adoption process.
• If what you need is a private adoption, Ms. Hernandez can accurately and responsibly guide you through the steps needed to have a successful adoption.