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 Barker Family Law apart is a commitment to positioning you to thrive beyond your case. With more than 24 years of experience, we take 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:
No matter the specific facts of your case, we will help you evaluate each option to reach the most optimal resolution.
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.
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.
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. We will fight to deliver the best possible results in court whether it’s a fault-based case or not.
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 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.
For legal advice on any marriage or divorce question, we offer 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.