Experienced & Compassionate Summerville Divorce Attorneys
Guiding Clients Through the Divorce Process in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley County
Divorce is one of the most serious issues in law and affects millions of people each year. A marriage does not simply dissolve with the signing of papers, which is why divorce may be one of the toughest situations you will ever face. Even in a no fault divorce, legal issues can occur that can further complicate this already difficult process.
The divorce & family law attorneys at PMC Law Firm are here to make sure you don’t face your divorce alone. Our lawyers understand the emotional strain that come with the difficult decisions in divorce matters. We can work with you to protect your best interests and your future in dissolving your marriage.
You should not navigate the divorce process without help. Reach out to our divorce lawyers in Summerville at (800) 914-0620.
How Does Divorce Work in South Carolina?
Different states throughout the United States have varying divorce laws and divorce proceedings. Some states, like South Carolina, require specific grounds for divorce.
There are five grounds for divorce in South Carolina, which include:
- Physical cruelty
- Habitual drunkenness
- No fault
A no fault divorce requires the parties to live separate and apart for at least one year. Because of this requirement, many divorce actions first involve an action for separate support and maintenance. This action addresses issues like child support, child custody, and visitation during this one year period.
To begin a divorce action, one party must file the initial Summons and Complaint, which states the grounds on which the divorce is being sought. This document will also make a request as to the division of marital property, alimony, and issues related to any minor children born of the marriage (child custody, visitation and child support).
Once the Summons and Complaint is filed, the opposing party must be served and has thirty days to respond.
Why Do I Need a Divorce Lawyer?
You may believe that your divorce situation does not require the services of an attorney. However, regardless of the grounds for the divorce, whether you are the plaintiff or defendant, or how well you and your spouse are currently getting along, it is not easy or advisable to navigate the process of divorce alone. Even in an uncontested divorce, there are still issues best resolved with the assistance of an attorney.
In reality, there are no winners in a divorce case, but neither party has to be considered a loser or endure the process without representation. Our attorneys are here to guide you through the family court system and make this process as smooth as possible.
When you choose PMC Law Firm to handle your divorce case, we will:
- Educate You: From your first consultation, we will give you the information you need to empower you during the process. We make sure you know how different legal issues may impact you and explain what you might expect as far as spousal support, child support, and property division issues.
- Work Hard for You: We do not complicate issues simply to increase our fee. Our goal is to help you move forward with your life and be confident in your decisions. We will make every effort to resolve your case through negotiation or mediation. However, if that is not possible, we are prepared to take your case to trial and advocate for your best interests.
- Bring Years of Experience: Family court issues can be incredibly stressful for all involved. Our firm's promise is to be accountable, accessible, and astute. The emotional benefit of the right lawyer is immeasurable, and with our team on your side, you can trust that your case is in good hands.
We will work to ensure all procedural requirements are met and all details are addressed in any separation and divorce agreements.
Get Help with Your Case Today
You have rights under the law when going through a divorce, and we want to help you understand these rights. Please give us a call or contact our law firm online today to schedule an appointment with our legal professionals. Let us give you the advice you need to get through your divorce and start the next phase of your life.
To speak to a team member at PMC Law Firm, call our office in Summerville, SC today at (800) 914-0620.
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