Divorce is one of the most difficult times that you could experience in your life. It can be very stressful due to uncertainty about the future, fear of losing the relationships that have been and continue to be important to you, and a loss of control over the circumstances. During the divorce process, having an experienced divorce attorney can make a tremendous difference.
At Stokes Legal, LLC, our experienced Charleston divorce lawyers understand that divorce is not just about filing divorce papers, sitting through negotiations and dealing with the complex legal issues. It's about you, your family and your life, both now and into the future. Whether you are considering a divorce due to the irrevocable breakdown of your marriage, or your spouse has already filed for divorce, it is important to speak with a divorce attorney right away.
1) Consult with Experienced Legal Counsel
It is extremely important that you consult with your own independent and experienced attorney regarding your divorce. Even though your divorce may be amicable throughout, it is important to understand your rights and obligations to your family and property as well as the extent of, and limits to, the South Carolina Family Court's power over you, your family, and your property. In the event the cooperative nature of your divorce breaks down or your divorce is contentious from the beginning, you will have an advocate on your side that understands the law in SC and is willing to fight for your rights.
2) Think About the Children
When a divorce involves children, child custody, visitation, and support issues are extremely important aspects of the divorce case. Issues such as where will the children live, who will be entitled to make legal decisions for the children, when will the other parent get to see the children, will either parent have to pay child support and how much, and what is in the overall best interests of the children are necessary questions that will have to be answered during the divorce. Thinking about these questions prior to an initial consultation with an experienced family court attorney will help you to communicate your opinions to the attorney who can then advise you on the best way to proceed to accomplish your goals.
3) Division of Your Property, Assets, and Debts
One of the most complicated and contentious parts of any divorce process can be the division of the parties' assets and debts. One tip that can make this process easier is to gather as much information as possible about your real property, financial accounts, other assets, and debts. Listing the real estate you own; your furniture, personal property, and jewelry in your home(s); financial accounts held by both spouses; and any debts you owe is fantastic place to start. Including descriptions, values, and locations for assets and debts only makes these lists more valuable to an experienced family court attorney who will then help you develop a strategy for identifying and dividing all marital assets.
The experienced family court attorneys at Stokes Legal, LLC understand the law as it relates to divorces in SC and we make it a priority to understand your ultimate goals in any divorce case. The three considerations above are crucial to setting the stage for an equitable divorce that protects your interests and rights and will ensure that we are able guide you through this difficult process and protect your rights and best interests at all times.
If you find yourself in need of an experienced family court attorney, please call Stokes Legal, LLC immediately at 843-628-2855 to schedule an initial consultation.
Our lawyers can assist you with every aspect of your divorce case. We are experienced at handling contested and uncontested divorces or couples with estates that range from simple to complex. We can help you with a variety of family law matters, including:
Have you and/or your spouse decided that it's time for a divorce? At McCoy & Stokes, LLC, we know how difficult a time this can be for you personally and for your family. There are many issues such as child custody and visitation, support, and property division that will be dealt with as a part of your divorce. A little preparation can help a family law attorney, like the experienced attorneys at McCoy & Stokes, LLC, identify and focus on the issues that are relevant to your domestic law situation. This will ensure that the separation and divorce process go smoothly and that your bests interests are kept at the forefront of situation. Here are three things to consider now that you have decided to start the divorce process.
Please contact McCoy & Stokes, LLC at 843-628-2855 to schedule your consultation with experienced Charleston family lawyers.