Aggressive Mount Pleasant Divorce Attorney Stands Up for Clients’ Rights
Providing legal counsel that goes beyond your dissolution of marriage
Ending a marriage is never easy. There are plenty of divorce lawyers who can guide you through the legal process of dissolving your marriage, but what sets Douglas A. Barker apart is a commitment to positioning you to thrive beyond your case. With more than 21 years of experience, Mr. Barker takes the time to learn about your unique situation and determine what type of divorce is most appropriate for you. South Carolina recognizes five grounds for divorce:
- One-year separation — This is the only type of no-fault divorce permitted in South Carolina. Proof that the spouses have lived apart for at least a year is required.
- Adultery — If a spouse has had a relationship outside the marriage, it might lead to an adversarial support or alimony ruling.
- Physical cruelty — Physical abuse can have serious consequences, particularly when adjudicating child-custody disputes.
- Habitual alcohol or substance abuse — Drug or alcohol addiction can affect final financial, custody and visitation decisions.
- Desertion — This can be claimed if one spouse has left the marital home without consent of the other.
In most instances of fault-based divorce, third-party testimony and evidence is required, so a skilled litigator is crucial. No matter the specific facts of your case, dedicated divorce and child custody attorney Douglas Barker will help you evaluate each option for the most optimal resolution possible.
Skilled handling of separation orders and no-fault divorce
Though South Carolina law does not recognize legal separation, courts can set terms for residence, custody and financial arrangements when spouses live apart. An Order of Separate Maintenance and Support is the temporary decree that addresses these and other matters. If you are choosing to file for no-fault divorce, you must live apart for at least a year, so this order is used to forestall disputes in the period before the marriage is dissolved.
Assisting you with mediation and other out-of-court divorce resolutions
Alternatives to court do exist for divorcing couples who believe they can reach an agreement. Mediation is a cost-effective option in which an independent third party assists the spouses in working out their differences. As a certified family court mediator, Douglas Barker can also represent you in a collaborative divorce, working with your spouse and their lawyer to reach consensus. Another option is arbitration, where someone hears both sides and renders a decision that may or may not be binding.
Tough advocacy for successful litigation and property division
Aside from a one-year separation, the grounds for South Carolina divorce include a determination of fault. This is where an experienced advocate is critical because an adverse ruling can affect property division, alimony and even child custody. Attorney Douglas Barker will fight to deliver the best possible results in court whether it’s a fault-based case or not.
Helping you move forward and protect your property
When no agreement can be reached, it’s up to family court to determine questions of property division, alimony, child custody and child support. We fight very hard not just for the best terms on each issue, but for a complete resolution that provides closure to all. We also help those considering marriage to address these matters proactively. If you have questions about protecting your property, we can explain and draft a prenuptial agreement.
Contact an established South Carolina divorce attorney for a consultation
If you’re considering divorce, it’s important to seek skilled and experienced family law counsel that has your best interests and those of your children in mind. For legal advice on any marriage or divorce question, Douglas Barker offers consultations. Call us at 843-727-0077 or contact us online. From our Mount Pleasant office, we represent clients in the courts of Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties.