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South Carolina Divorce 101

Divorce is a difficult decision for anyone, whether it's you or your partner who initiates it. It's a painful experience that can leave you feeling shattered and alone in the dark. When you made your wedding vows, you did so with the intention of being together for life. You invested a lot of time and money into your wedding, inviting friends and family from all over South Carolina to share in your joy.

Now, you're faced with the harsh reality that you and your former spouse are no longer together. As your family law attorney in Hanahan, SC, we understand how overwhelming this can be. We've assisted many clients through the divorce process and had the knowledge and tools to help them work through it and move on to greener pastures.

The CDH Law Firm Approach to Child Custody in South Carolina

Did you know that the U.S. Census Bureau states that 25% of children younger than 21 live with just one parent while the other parent resides elsewhere in the country? In such circumstances, many families must navigate the complicated and legally complex process of child custody. As seasoned family law attorneys, we have represented clients in all aspects and legal stages of child custody and support.

We focus in providing services for a range of issues, including but not limited to:

  • Drafting Reasonable Proposed Parenting Plans
  • Preparing Child Support Calculations
  • Communication with a Guardian ad Litem (if applicable)
  • Securing De Facto Custodian / Psychological Parent Rights
  • Negotiating Agreements Relating to Child Custody
  • Prosecuting Claims Related to Domestic Violence
  • Prosecuting and Defending Claims for
  • Adoption,
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Custody, and
  • Visitation
  • Defending Claims Alleging Abuse / Neglect by the Department of Social Services

Every family has its own distinct characteristics, and as such, child-related agreements must also be customized to fit each unique situation. In South Carolina, our team of skilled family law attorneys takes the time to understand our clients' individual goals and needs and tailor our services accordingly.

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South Carolina Alimony 101

When you get married, you go into the partnership believing that you'll be together forever. It makes sense, then, that most divorcing couples don't know very much about alimony in South Carolina (also referred to as spousal support). They ask questions such as:

  • Who gets alimony?
  • What is a reasonable amount of alimony?

Fortunately, working with a family law lawyer in Hanahan, SC, can answer those questions and make alimony easier to understand and approach.

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Family Law Attorney Hanahan, SC

What is Alimony in South Carolina?

Many individuals often mistake alimony for child support, but they are, in fact, two distinct forms of financial obligation and not mutually exclusive. Alimony was established to safeguard a supported spouse in the event of a divorce or separation. For example, a spouse who did not work during the course of the marriage would generally have a stronger alimony claim than a spouse who worked throughout the marriage. Likewise, a spouse who worked throughout the marriage but made less than the other spouse would have a stronger alimony claim than a spouse who worked and earned equivalent income to the supporting spouse.

In many cases, a spouse may choose to stay at home to tend to the children and manage the household. Oftentimes, the spouse who remains at home has sacrificed their career or education to care for the family. In such instances, a divorce could leave the financially weaker spouse in a state of financial turmoil. Without that support system, they will have to start over from scratch. These are some factors the Court will consider in evaluating an appropriate alimony case. Throughout your marriage, you have structured your quality of life based on a budget determined by your finances. While all expenses are shared by both partners, what happens if you have been financially dependent on your spouse and need to support yourself?

At Cobb, Dill, & Hammett, LLC, we aim to assist you in securing the alimony you need to support both yourself and your children. At the same time, we want to ensure that you are not overpaying your spouse, if you are the one required to pay. You may be required to pay an amount that could leave you in a difficult financial situation. Regardless, it's crucial to have the right legal representation to guide you through the alimony process in South Carolina.

The CDH Law Firm Approach to Alimonyin South Carolina

Some people may assume financial responsibilities to a former partner are end with the filing of a divorce decree. However, if the court has mandated alimony payments, then the financial obligations survive. Failure to meet those obligations can lead to serious legal and financial consequences. Family law attorneys at CHSA Law, LLC have years of experience representing clients throughout the divorce process, including alimony determinations.

Our legal services cover many aspects of alimony law, such as:

  • Negotiating Temporary and Final Alimony Payments
  • Modifying Alimony
  • Providing Advice on Reasonable Alimony
  • Filing to Collect Unpaid Alimony

Though our family law attorneys are fearless negotiators and litigators, we always strive to keep your legal proceedings as seamless and straightforward as possible. Our goal is to help reach an agreement on alimony that is reasonable for both you and your spouse. However, compromises aren't always possible. If needed, our lawyers will fight aggressively on your behalf to help ensure your financial rights are protected.

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Commentary: What makes a home? Hanahan has an answer to that.

Hanahan ... home sweet home. I regret to say I wasn’t born here. But I sure got here as fast as I could.Growing up in Hanahan would have felt like an American dream.However, I truly believe that not growing up here has created a deeper appreciation for where I now choose to live and raise my family. While the location is ideal and central to the Charleston region, it’s the culture and family values that I treasure most.Throughout this year, Hanahan has been celebrating its 50th birthday. This area was populat...

Hanahan ... home sweet home. I regret to say I wasn’t born here. But I sure got here as fast as I could.

Growing up in Hanahan would have felt like an American dream.

However, I truly believe that not growing up here has created a deeper appreciation for where I now choose to live and raise my family. While the location is ideal and central to the Charleston region, it’s the culture and family values that I treasure most.

Throughout this year, Hanahan has been celebrating its 50th birthday. This area was populated as far back as the 1600s, and one would find plantations where homes, parks and businesses now stand.

Sir John Yeamans founded Yeamans Hall, and brothers Arthur and Edward Middleton established Otranto Plantation to name a few of the first settlers.

After Reconstruction, the Charleston region grew, and so did its needs, especially for water.

To meet that need, the Commissioners of Public Works was established and purchased the Goose Creek Reservoir.

It later developed a vast system of tunnels and a pumping station to supply potable water to the region.

In addition to being a businessman and influential leader of this time, J. Ross Hanahan was named the first chairman of the Commissioners of Public Works. Upon his departure, the pumping station was named after him, and the area became known as Hanahan.

Schools were built. Business were created. Homes were established.

In September of 1973 (only a year after North Charleston officially became a city), the city of Hanahan was officially incorporated.

The city is still known for its award-winning schools, sports and community culture.

I recently co-authored a book called “Hanahan,” released by Arcadia publishing, as a part of its Images of America series.

When we met with people to learn about how Hanahan came to be, the stories weren’t just logistical. They were personal.

Stories of jumping off the train trestle into the water, dads coming home from work from the shipyard or paper mill, students at Senior Hill, first dates at the Arcadia Rollerdrome at Port Park, fishing at Mabeline Lodge and more.

Many stories started with “One time ...” or “Back in the day ...”

While the formation of the city itself is so important, just as important are the stories of the daily experiences of the people who became the city of Hanahan.

I began by referring to Hanahan as home sweet home. Many reading this will think of a place, a location, maybe even a house.

However, those who live in Hanahan know that home sweet home means the people, because through this extraordinary community one quickly learns that home is not a place but a person, or in our case, the people who surround us.

Christie Rainwater is Mayor of Hanahan.

Hanahan Middle School students learn to save lives

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCIV) — Learning how to save lives one class at a time is the goal of a course at Hanahan Middle School."Our principal came to me last year , wanting to start a new class," teacher Susan Hill said. "And we did."Read more: Berkeley County begins construction of Nexton Middle School...

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCIV) — Learning how to save lives one class at a time is the goal of a course at Hanahan Middle School.

"Our principal came to me last year , wanting to start a new class," teacher Susan Hill said. "And we did."

Read more: Berkeley County begins construction of Nexton Middle School

The new class, called Introduction to Health Professions, brings the medical world to the classroom.

"We go through a lot about the body systems, different tools used by health professionals, and different types of jobs," Hill said.

For students to get a complete understanding of what it’s like to work in the medical field, health professionals from the community are invited to come speak, including Rodney Profit, a training captain with Boeing Security and Fire.

Learning about these jobs isn't the only takeaway for the students; they leave the course certified in basic life support.

Learning how to save lives one class at a time is the goal of a course at Hanahan Middle School. (WCIV)

"We do everything from adult child infant, CPR, choking first aid, and AED usages to get these students certified in basic life support," Profit said. "Students are given a chance to kind of look and explore what's out there for them and letting them know that there are no hurdles. If there are any hurdles, they can transverse those hurdles, but no one can tell them they can't do what they want to do.”

This encouragement has left students with the world at their fingertips.

"This has opened a lot more like pathways," student Lianny Martinez said.

Student, Savannah Wika said, "I would say it really like helped me realize what I really want to do for like a job. It really opened up what's happening when you go to the hospital."

Read more: BCSD approves $1.5K and $500 bonuses for fourth incentive of the year

The course also includes off-campus field trips. The class recently visited Charleston Southern University (CSU), where students got a tour of the campus.

For Hill, she believes each and every one of the students are more than capable of accomplishing their dreams.

"I just hope they understand how valuable they are and what a future they have," she said. "They have their whole lives in front of them and I'm just really excited to see what they do with that."

Hill says she could not be prouder of her students and teaching them has been a rewarding experience.

Lowcountry Music Hall of Fame inducts members this Sunday

Musicians and business owners across the Charleston area will be celebrated for their achievements at the annual Lowcountry Music Hall of Fame.The idea to create a local celebration for the area’s musicians came from Michael Davis in 2015. Davis owns the 25-plus-year-old Ye Olde Music Shop in Hanahan. The store is advertised as the largest Gibson, Fender, Martin, Taylor a...

Musicians and business owners across the Charleston area will be celebrated for their achievements at the annual Lowcountry Music Hall of Fame.

The idea to create a local celebration for the area’s musicians came from Michael Davis in 2015. Davis owns the 25-plus-year-old Ye Olde Music Shop in Hanahan. The store is advertised as the largest Gibson, Fender, Martin, Taylor and Paul Reed Smith dealer in South Carolina. Davis was inspired by his business and customers to create a new Lowcountry tradition that went beyond his beloved shop.

The Hall of Fame has inducted several well-known Charleston artists, as well as some “unsung heroes” who can benefit from the recognition. The inaugural ceremony in 2015 inducted local music stores, politicians and music schools, with the tradition continuing into 2023.

The Lowcountry Hall of Fame will introduce 15 artists, business owners and radio personalities into the 2023 catalogue.

Attendees can enjoy food trucks, music mastery and good times with local music lovers at the induction ceremony for the 2023 Lowcountry Music Hall of Fame at 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Hanahan Amphitheater, 3100 Amphitheater Ave.

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It’s the last “My Charleston Weekend” of January already. Luckily, the further we get into 2024, the more and more the Lowcountry has to offer by way of events and festivals.

While, unfortunately, you can’t be everywhere at once, it’s an action-packed Saturday here in Charleston. Celebrate Commonhouse Aleworks’ sixth anniversary. Imbibe at the Charleston Winter Wine Festival or the Onesie Bar Crawl. Or whet your appetite at the 13th annual Bo’s Oyster Roast & Chili Cook Off.

Commonhouse Aleworks Sixth Anniversary

Commonhouse Aleworks, 4831 O’Hear Ave., celebrates its sixth anniversary with a blowout block party and oyster roast noon-10 p.m. on Jan. 27. Enjoy the party, complete with a vendor market, a whole-hog barbecue from Swig & Swine, kettle corn, face painting and plenty of competitions, including a pinup contest, beard and mustache contest and a beer-tasting challenge. Plus, there’ll be a bevy of live music shows with well-known players such as Southern Flavor Bluegrass, the Hot Club of Charleston, Jared Petteys & The Headliners, Tommy and The Chucktown Players and Dallas Baker and Friends. If you’re curious about the beer-brewing process, check out the brewery tour as well. Attendance is free. For more info, visit bit.ly/48KWbpu.

Charleston Winter Wine Festival

Head down to the fifth annual Charleston Winter Wine Festival for one of two sessions, noon-4 p.m. or 6-10 p.m., on Jan. 27 at Festival Hall, 56 Beaufain St. Enjoy tastings of more than 50 different wines, mimosas and beers while jamming out to live music from Mike Huhn and DJ Brent Folks. All beverage tastings are included in the ticket price, while food is available for separate purchase. Tickets are $55 in advance or, if available, $65 at the event. Guests will receive a souvenir acrylic wine glass with the purchase of a ticket. To grab your tickets and learn more, visit bit.ly/41gIBHE.

13th annual Bo’s Oyster Roast & Chili Cook Off

Oysters and chili join together to fight cancer from noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 27 at James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive. For the 13th year in a row, the James Island Vikings will throw a cook-off to benefit Islands Against Cancer and Sara’s Cure, two local nonprofit organizations dedicated to assisting those impacted by cancer. All ages are invited to get their fill. General admission tickets are $25 and provide access to the chili cook-off and entertainment. VIP tickets, $60, include all-you-can-eat oysters. For more information and tickets, visit bosroast.com.

Onesie Bar Crawl

The fan-favorite pajama party bar crawl is back from 3 to 11 p.m. on Jan. 27 starting at Uptown Social, 587 King St. Don your favorite onesie and brave the colder weather with your peers on King Street. Included in your ticket is a free crawl koozie, discounted drink specials, cover-free priority entry to top King Street bars and, for the first 300 to finish the crawl, custom celebratory T-shirts. Plus, enjoy an afterparty at Aura Latin Club, 28 Ann St., from 8 to 11 p.m. Anyone 21 and older is invited to participate, including designated drivers who are choosing not to drink! Tickets are $29 in advance or $34 the day of the event, available at bit.ly/47Kutbd.

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Community rallies around Hanahan family after devastating house fire

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCIV) — A Hanahan family is getting an outpouring of support after losing everything in a house fire.A fire spread through the Stewarts' Rembert Drive home Sunday in the blink of an eye. Neighbor Mike Hinson said he dropped what he was doing to help because he knew it was right."Meghan was in a panic," Hinson said. "I brought the kids in, found them something to watch on TV, and made them a little snack just to kind of get their minds off stuff."A fire gutting their home is just t...

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCIV) — A Hanahan family is getting an outpouring of support after losing everything in a house fire.

A fire spread through the Stewarts' Rembert Drive home Sunday in the blink of an eye. Neighbor Mike Hinson said he dropped what he was doing to help because he knew it was right.

"Meghan was in a panic," Hinson said. "I brought the kids in, found them something to watch on TV, and made them a little snack just to kind of get their minds off stuff."

A fire gutting their home is just the latest obstacle for Meghan had Bobby Stewart.

Read more: "2 mobile homes destroyed in Colleton County fire, investigation ongoing."

Meghan fought breast cancer for five years.

Bobby is recovering from surgery.

Long-time neighbor Hinson said he had to help his fellow neighbors, remembering the support the family gave him when his wife had cancer.

"Two years ago, my wife passed away, and so many people come together for me," Hinson said. "You can't give that back. She helped my wife, Sheila, get through it the best that she could. And we did the same for her, just returning what it is that we had borrowed."

His front porch is now a sort of landing zone.

People are stopping by with bags filled with clothes and shoes for the kids, toiletries, and other items.

Read more: "Firefighter falls through floor during house fire response in downtown Charleston: CFD."

All to make life a little easier for the Stewarts.

Hinson said this is what the Hanahan community is all about.

"These people right here are the people who are doing it for the right reasons," Hinson said. "You know, it's coming from the heart. All in all, if nothing else, they feel a lot of love."

A GoFundMe for the Stewarts was created. It can be seen here.

57 teams set for 54th Hanahan Invitational baseball tourney

A Lowcountry staple of spring returns this week as area high school baseball teams participate in the 54th annual Hanahan Invitational Tournament (HIT), the state’s longest running spring-break high school baseball tournament.A total of 57 varsity and junior varsity baseball teams will compete at local high school venues with championships decided on Thursday at Hanahan High. The event also includes out-of-state high school programs from states such as Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Kentucky.Among the schools...

A Lowcountry staple of spring returns this week as area high school baseball teams participate in the 54th annual Hanahan Invitational Tournament (HIT), the state’s longest running spring-break high school baseball tournament.

A total of 57 varsity and junior varsity baseball teams will compete at local high school venues with championships decided on Thursday at Hanahan High. The event also includes out-of-state high school programs from states such as Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Kentucky.

Among the schools participating is Catawba Ridge of Rock Hill, the defending Class AAAA state champion in South Carolina. Charleston-area teams Berkeley, Summerville, James Island, and Hanahan are currently ranked in their respective classification’s top 10 polls.

The varsity teams are divided into two divisions – the Hatfield and Steadman divisions, named for former Hanahan High baseball coaches. Tom Hatfield started the HIT 54 years ago and Steadman took over and brought the event to national prominence when he became the school’s head baseball coach and athletic director.

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Area high schools hosting games during the week include Hanahan, Bishop England, Wando, Berkeley, Ashley Ridge, James Island, West Ashley and Summerville.

Schools hosting junior varsity games include Cane Bay, Fort Dorchester, Stratford and Goose Creek.

Junior varsity games begin Monday morning with 21 varsity games beginning on Monday afternoon and evening.

54th HIT Monday varsity schedule

Steadman bracket

Hanahan High site

2 p.m. - Marvin Ridge (NC) vs, Catawba Ridge

5 p.m. – Cane Bay vs. James River (Va.)

7:30 p.m. – Hanahan vs. Oscar Smith (Va.)

Bishop England site

1 p.m. – Starr’s Mill (Ga.) vs. Cox (Va.)

3:30 p.m. – Starr’s Mill vs. Lucy Beckham

6 p.m. – Bishop England vs. McCracken County (Ky.)

Wando site

5 p.m. – Fort Dorchester vs. Providence (N.C)

7:30 – Wando vs, Hickory (Va.)

Berkeley site

5 p.m. – Philip Simmons vs. Green Briar Christian (Va.)

7:30 p.m. – Berkeley vs. Woodland

Hatfield bracket

Summerville site

5 p.m. – Pinewood Prep vs. St. Pius (Ga.)

7:30 p.m. – Summerville vs. Great Bridge (Va.)

West Ashley site

2 p.m. – Catholic (Va.) vs. Trinity Christian (Ga.)

5 p.m. – Ardrey Kell (N.C.) vs. Beaufort

7:30 p.m. – West Ashley vs. St. Francis (OH)

James Island site

2 p.m. – Western Branch (Va.) vs. Stratford

5 p.m. – Hilton Head Christian vs. Timberland

7:30 p.m. – James Island vs. Hilton Head Christian

Ashley Ridge site

2 p.m. – Ben Lippen vs. Goose Creek

5 p.m. - Bamberg-Ehrhardt vs. First Colonial (Va.)

7:30 p.m. – Ashley Ridge vs. Hickory Grove (N.C.)

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