Relocation has become a normal part of our increasingly global society, with job opportunities, new relationships and family concerns causing many people to move away from communities in which they lived for years. The use of tools like Skype and FaceTime allows family members to communicate freely across distances that were once the domain of letters and phone calls.
When a geographic relocation plays a significant role in a family law matter, it can be essential to secure the assistance of an attorney with extensive experience handling similar matters. If you expect a change in your life circumstances (or your ex-spouse’s circumstances) to impact your divorce case, Mariellen can represent you and advise you as to if a modification of an existing family court order is appropriate.
If you are experiencing the pain of divorce, dealing with a complex custody battle or handling another challenging family law matter, having the right attorney on your side can make all the difference. Debra is here to make that difference in your case. Call Debra Stokes today for superior family law assistance. Debra is your family law attorney serving Charleston, Mount Pleasant and surrounding areas.
Every family law case is different. Whether your case seems simple or incredibly complex, we will work with you to develop and implement a viable strategy to resolve it properly, either through mediation or litigation.
A change in your circumstances can call for a change to the court orders that resulted from your divorce proceedings. The most common issues that lead a person to seek a modification are relocation, changes in income, changes in children’s expenses and other new living situations.
If you are seeking legal counsel with the goal of modifying a court order, the law office of Debra E. Stokes, L.L.C., can assist you in protecting your rights and interests. Particularly if you were divorced years ago, we may be able to help you bring your legal arrangements up-to-date with regard to finances, family needs and logistics.
Alimony and spousal support (sometimes called spousal maintenance) are court ordered or negotiated in some divorce cases. In these cases, support is determined based on numerous factors, including the length of the marriage, the incomes and earning potential of both spouses, and the ages and health of both spouses. Like other family law matters with significant financial implications, alimony and spousal support should be approached with proper legal guidance.
If you expect to receive or pay alimony or spousal support as part of a divorce, our firm can assist you in reaching arrangements that are fair and appropriate.
Many divorcing people are concerned that they will be treated unfairly when their assets are divided. Having proper legal advice at the right time is the best way to avoid inequities in property division and achieve the best possible results.
Child support is ordered in many South Carolina divorce cases involving children, as well as cases involving the children of unmarried parents. In general, a handful of factors will impact whether support will be ordered, as well as the amount of support ordered: custody arrangements, the income and income-earning potential of both parents, the ages of the children and the specific needs of the children. Appropriate legal guidance is essential to the successful resolution of most child support matters.
If you need advice and representation regarding child support, either as part of a divorce or in a case involving unmarried parents, our firm can assist you in reaching arrangements that are fair and appropriate.
The emotional and financial complexities of high-asset family law cases call for an attorney with the patience and intelligence to address them thoroughly and effectively — and the willingness to work closely with the client throughout each stage of the case.
Property division is often one of the most stressful aspects of a divorce. If you feel like you have a lot to lose, our firm can help you protect your assets in divorce.
Strategies for distinguishing what property is marital and dividing it equitably in divorce
- Real property, including your primary residence, vacation property, commercial property and rental property
- The valuation of professional practices, family businesses and other closely held businesses
- Retirement assets like 401 (k) accounts, IRAs and stock options
- Alimony, spousal support and child support
- Situations in which one parent stayed home to raise children