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  • Stay Connected with Shaw Law Firm, LLC

    Our Charleston family law attorney at Shaw Law Firm, LLC believes that no matter the size or complexity of the legal matter you face is, you deserve the best quality representation possible. Our firm is dedicated to helping families and individuals dealing with emotional and stressful legal issues find positive resolutions. When you are fighting for your family, you want to make sure that the firm ...
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  • What If My Spouse Had An Affair?

    One of the most common causes of divorce is infidelity. In fact, one study showed that in almost half of all marriages, one or both spouses admitted to having at least one affair. If adultery is a factor in your divorce, it is important that you understand how it may affect the terms of your divorce—including spousal support. In South Carolina, the law considers adultery (defined as sexual contact ...
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  • What Happens If I Saved All the Money?

    It is not uncommon in a marriage for one spouse to have been the “bread winner” of the family while the other house stayed at home; for example, one spouse may have worked while the other reared the children. This, however, can cause some to fear they will be slighted when it comes time to divide the property and assets during a divorce. In South Carolina, like most states, property division is ...
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  • How Do I Get a Divorce?

    The divorce process can often seem daunting—even impossibly complex. If you and your spouse are ready to move onto the next chapter of your lives, we want you to know that you do not have to face this process alone. At the Shaw Law Firm, LLC, we are committed to helping our clients walk through every step of a divorce with legal guidance that is both compassionate and effective. We know how the ...
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  • 5 Things to Do Before Getting a Divorce

    Divorce is not an easy situation to face. It is one of the most emotionally complex areas of the law—and it is also one of the most personal. It is easy for someone in the thick of it to forget a step or jump into it too quick without thinking about getting their ducks in a row. That is where divorce attorneys come in. We have been through the process before, and we know what to expect. When you ...
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  • What Happens if You Do Not Answer a Divorce Petition?

    Have you been served divorce papers? You now know that your spouse has officially petitioned the courts for a divorce . The courts require a prompt response to the petition. Some people think that if they do not respond to the papers the divorce cannot go forward, and they can simply forget about it. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In fact, it can put you at a serious disadvantage. If you ...
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  • Requirements for Divorce In South Carolina: Can a Judge Order Us to Attend Counseling?

    South Carolina is a relatively conservative state, particularly in the Family Court system. The courts cannot grant a divorce unless certain grounds are proven. Grounds for divorce in South Carolina include: · Adultery · Desertion for at least 1 year · Physical cruelty · Habitual Alcohol or drug abuse · One year’s continuous separation In addition, a divorce cannot be granted unless the trial ...
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  • Helping Your Children Cope with Divorce

    Divorce is often a stressful, upsetting, and even confusing time for a child. It may be difficult to explain to your child why you and your spouse have chosen to separate and dissolve your marriage. No matter what their age might be, it is not uncommon for a child to become angry at the idea of their parents splitting up. If you are worried or are struggling with how you will help your children ...
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  • Establish Paternity & Protect Visitation Rights

    When a man or woman wants to establish “paternity of a child”, they want to establish the legal fatherhood of that child. Being the legal father of a child comes with rights, such as visitation and custody rights . When a father wants to be a part of his child’s life, establishing legal paternity is an important first step. Our Charleston family law attorney explains what you need to know when ...
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