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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Tax Law and Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: Mother=Full Legal Custody. Dad=Visitation wknd. Dad actually has kid all year mom visits occasionally. Taxes?

Is it legal for the mother to file the child on taxes that they actually didn't care for and was in physical custody of the father? Mother decided she couldn't handle the kid and asked the dad to take him. It was a verbal agreement. The kid is enrolled in school for the past year at the... View More

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answered on May 26, 2024

Based on the information provided, it seems that although the mother has full legal custody, the child has been living with the father for the past year. The father has been the primary caregiver, providing housing, enrolling the child in school, and handling medical matters. The mother has only... View More

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Q: My ex isn't paying her car payment on the loan I co-signed for her when we were married. What can I do?

Our divorce settlement agreement states that she is responsible for her car and car payments. She is now refusing to pay the loan. Does the agreement protect me? Can I take her to court since she has violated it? She's going to ruin my credit.

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Q: My gf and my kids live with her parents.We are together,but her parents won't let me come over to see my kids at all.

I use to live there but they just don't like me. When we asked them why they didn't like me they said they didn't know.

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Elder Law for South Carolina on
Q: I need guidance in family matter dealing with an elderly parent who is currently living in our home.

I have my mothers Durable Power of Attorney. We would like to move her into an assisted living home but she is refusing. She is financially set and has a healthy monthly retirement income. We need to understand our options.

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Q: I need help my daughter is making false accusations against my boyfriend because she doesn't get her way..

She has made false accusations of sexual assault. And I know for a fact ain't true because I'm always with them.. and now we have DSS on us and my kids are having to live with my mom.. she admitted to my mom and the case worker that she lied about everything. But the case worker says that... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: Can we sue the state for false information that caused a person to get evicted and jailed

The case worker also lied and gotten the kids took

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Q: Just met with GAL in tense custody case; what happens next? Ex is narcissist using children and litigation abuse

We are both RNs. I met him when he was a tech (I worked as a nurse and had an infant son). I helped put him through nursing school, let him adopt my son as his own, all while truly having no clue who he really was.

We split in 8/2022 due to his increasingly abusive behavior towards me... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for South Carolina on
Q: My ex husband is a narcissist using kids, as well as litigation abuse to control the narrative. Just met with GAL.

We are both RNs. I met him when he was a tech (I worked as a nurse and had an infant son). I helped put him through nursing school, let him adopt my son as his own, all while truly having no clue who he really was. We split in 8/2022 due to his increasingly abusive behavior towards me following him... View More

Q: Is it illegal to share a room with my nephew who is a minor, if I his aunt, am an adult?

He is 11 almost 12, I am 22 almost 23. We can only afford a two bedroom apartment. I will hopefully be living with my sister and nephew. Unless this is against the law. I cannot find a definite answer online, hopefully you can help! Thanks!

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answered on Apr 6, 2024

In general, there are no laws that prohibit an adult from sharing a room with a minor relative, such as an aunt sharing a room with her nephew. Family members often share living spaces due to financial constraints or personal preferences.

However, there are a few considerations to keep in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights and Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: What actions do I take against an aunt who gained temporary custody with and emergency hearing with false information

I am the mother of 2 children. Their father died in May 2023. I purchased a house to renovate but it was not manageable and returned back to our previous county. It took me a call between one county to another, back and forth to establish enrollment in the McKinney Vento Act. Within 3 days of... View More

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answered on Apr 1, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear about your difficult situation. Losing your husband, dealing with housing challenges, and now facing a custody battle based on false accusations must be incredibly stressful and painful.

Here are some steps I would recommend taking to fight for custody of your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Child Custody and Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: can a judge say he is not comfortable and not allow a defendate to admit filing a false police report resulting in dss ?

My kids mother admits to case workers and guardian ad litem to filing false police report which caused dss to investigate ,but when court date was set for her to address court the judge said that he was not comfortable allowing her to perjure herself and that he would not allow it.If it were not... View More

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answered on Mar 18, 2024

In legal proceedings, a judge's role includes ensuring that the court operates within the bounds of the law and maintaining the integrity of the judicial process. If a judge believes that allowing a certain action, such as admitting to filing a false police report, could lead to an individual... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Domestic Violence for South Carolina on
Q: Hello, ok so court is 2/16/24 madison county ky but i have a pending dv case in sc. can i use one attorney in 2 states
Casey Brown
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answered on Feb 18, 2024

One attorney can represent a client in two different states as long as the lawyer is licensed or admitted to the Bar in both states.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: My divorce hearing is 2/23/2024 and my pregnancy due date is 6/15/2024. Can I put my boyfriend on the birth certificate?
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answered on Feb 8, 2024

In South Carolina, if your divorce is not finalized by the time of your child's birth, your husband is presumed to be the legal father of the child due to the marriage. This presumption can complicate putting your boyfriend's name on the birth certificate at the time of birth. However,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: How can court ordered child support be eliminated without all the hassle of the fees

what are all the cause and effect factors

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answered on Feb 6, 2024

In South Carolina, modifying or eliminating court-ordered child support typically involves demonstrating a significant change in circumstances since the original order was issued. However, completely eliminating child support without any legal or administrative process is highly unlikely, given... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: Where can I find an attorney willing to sue SCDSS?

SCDSS filed a custody removal suit against my husband based on an affidavit in which the case worker blatantly lied. Through a recorded phone conversation and phone records, I was able to prove that she lied, and they settled the case out of court. There were no repercussions for the DSS employees,... View More

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

Finding an attorney willing to sue a government agency like the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) can be challenging, but it's not impossible. To pursue a case against SCDSS, you should look for experienced attorneys who specialize in civil rights and administrative law.... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: Can someone be charged with custodial interference if there is no court order?

I was charged with custodial interference after refusing to return my child to her mother due to the mother not properly caring for my child. There was no court ordered custody and I signed the birth certificate, so I was under the impression that I had the right to keep my child in my care while... View More

Cheryl Ann Truesdale
Cheryl Ann Truesdale
answered on Feb 1, 2024

In South Carolina, signing a birth certificate provides merely rebuttable evidence that the signer is the biological father of a child born out of wedlock. The putative father's paternity must be established in a family court hearing, before he is legally recognized as the father and before he... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Arbitration / Mediation Law for South Carolina on
Q: Does my ex have a claim to personal property after signed close sent agreement and finalized divorce?

Does my ex have a claim to personal property after signed close sent agreement and finalized divorce?

Section of the consent agreement in question:

20. Other Property. Father shall pay directly to Mother, One Hundred Thirteen Thousand Eight Hundred Eighty-Four Dollars and Fifty... View More

Christopher Biering
Christopher Biering
answered on Jan 11, 2024

For a comprehensive answer to your question, a review of the entire agreement would be required. The clause presented alone suggests that personal property is still subject to being divided. It would also be important to know the time that has elapsed since the divorce, and whether previous... View More

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Q: If there are no specific pick-up and drop-off times listed in an agreement, does the visiting parent get visitation??

There is a line in my agreement that states “Each Christmas Eve Day except from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. when the parties’ son will be with Ms. Legg (custodial parent). Otherwise the parties will use the Judge Brown schedule for Christmas holiday visitation”.

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answered on Dec 26, 2023

If there is inconsistency between two provisions of the Order, then it would be difficult for a parent to be held in contempt for being unsure which provision to follow. Your best option is to consult with the lawyer who helped prepare the agreement.

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