Who We Work With
[teaser]We help people who are having disputes or difficulties involving the children they love or their marriage. Our clients’ problems fall into two major categories; those that involve children and those that involve the dissolution of a marriage. Their issues involving children include adoptions, paternity, custody, visitation and cases involving children born through the use of assisted reproductive technology. Their issues related to their marriages include divorces, creation of pre-nuptial agreements and resolving issues that arise after a divorce. [/teaser]
Our clients who are divorcing face a wide variety of issues which have to be resolved. At times, the number and complexity of those issues can be overwhelming. The decisions they make will affect the rest of their lives and the lives of their children. To make these decisions they want good information and caring advice. The issues they face include whether or not to get a divorce, what reasons to use as a basis for the divorce, who will have custody of their children, how will visitation with the children be structured, how much money will be paid as child support, whether or not one of them will have to pay alimony to the other, how they will divide their assets and debts, who will pay the costs of the divorce and whether or not there need to be restrictions on how they communicate in the future. Each of these concerns must be addressed separately and as a whole to insure that they and their children are taken care of and they can start their new life.
Other clients have already gone through the divorce process and are now having to go back to court to address changes in custody, visitation, child support or alimony. These changes to the prior order are often needed because circumstances have changed since the first time they went to court.
Other clients have a child with someone they were not married to. They need help addressing how to raise their children, care for them and provide for them while the parents live in separate homes. While these clients don’t have to deal with divorce, dividing property and debts or alimony, they have other issues unique to their situation. They have to deal with establishing paternity, deciding how to handle custody and visitation and determining how they will share the financial responsibility for their children.
Our clients who are wanting to adopt, have the responsibility of identifying the birth parents of the child, locating those birth parents, working with those birth parents to see if they will voluntarily allow the child to be adopted or, if they won’t, attempting to terminate their parental rights and ultimately establish a permanent legal relationship as the parent of the child they want to adopt. Our adoption clients recognize that the adoption process is long, complicated and most often expensive, but their concerns go beyond the financial and emotional cost of the adoption and include concerns about what is best for them, best for the child and their family as a whole.
We also help a unique group of adoption and custody clients whose children were born as the result of assisted reproductive technology (ART). This is a unique area of law where there is very little law or guidance in South Carolina. Our clients in this area not only have the concerns that go along with new and unique medical procedures but also the uncertainty that comes from the lack of legal guidance in these areas. These clients need information and guidance but they also need the assurance that comes from working with someone who has experience in this area and the peace of mind that comes from knowing they aren’t the first person to walk down this road.
The people who fit best with our practice are looking for an attorney’s office who will work with them to achieve the best possible long-term solutions. Our clients want a lawyer who has both a brain and a heart. They understand they need the help of someone who has the ability to address their legal issues in a way that benefits them and the children they love. Our clients have the ability to understand the process, express their goals and desires in clear terms, to set realistic goals and expectations given the limitations of our legal system and their personal situation and to work with us to help achieve those goal.