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0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Me and my brother inherateted a home me him his wife and kids live together they refuse to help pay taxes any matience

Any house work or anything all is left on me can I do anything

0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Sexual Harassment for South Carolina on
Q: I suspect my childs maternal grandma told her to tell people I touch her "lulu". It's not true. How do I protect myself?

My 3 year old has recently been saying and repeating to family members that i have been putting my finger in her "lulu" (private parts), i absolutely have not and would not and i suspect her maternal grandmother of manipulating and conditioning her to say this. My child and her mother and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Ex and I are JTROS on our paid for home. Partition default judgement months ago, but delinquent tax sale does what to us

What happens with the partition during the redemption period of the delinquent tax sale?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Dec 6, 2022

Any Partition Action will be subject to the Tax Sale, which should have been part of the Partition Sale Order. Apparently the Partition Action is incomplete and erroneous. High tax bidder will ignore the Partition action.

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: Is there anything that can be done to get an Order, signed by a Judge in Family Court, reversed? He ruled against defend

The couple were married only 6 weeks when she had to leave. She is 23 and she was threatened by the Plaintiff with an arrest if she didn't come in and sign the Separation Papers that day. Out of fear, she did sign without reading them thereby that separation of properties, she didn't know... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: I slept with a woman and had a one night stand. She is insisting I'm father. I don't agree. If so I want to sign over.

I want to sign over rights to child as I do not believe to be this child's father. Would I still have to pay child support if I relinquish rights to this child, if it ends up being mine? I truly believe it's not mine due to nature of the individual and timing or information given. She has... Read more »

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Nov 22, 2022

The child’s mother can serve you with a paternity action to establish parentage and the court will order a DNA test upon you. If it’s determined that you’re the biological father, then the court will order you to pay monthly child support until the child reaches age 18. You’re decision to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Estate Planning, Family Law and Military Law for South Carolina on
Q: In SC I am a military member, my spouse is smoking pot illegally and harassing me with it because he knows I can't smoke

By harassing me i mean he smokes it obnoxiously in my face and continues to follow me around with it. I feel like he is trying to sabotage my health and career, and I feel unsafe around him. We are divorcing. The house is mine. He is forcing me out. He pays nothing on the house and is now trying to... Read more »

Megan Hunt Dell
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Megan Hunt Dell
answered on Nov 28, 2022

There are not enough details here to provide you with specific information about your rights. The best course of action is to consult with an experienced South Carolina divorce lawyer.

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Small Claims for South Carolina on
Q: how do i emancipate myself

i am 17 and i live with my grandpa who has no legal custody. my parents don’t provide any financial support and i don’t have much contact with them. i’m trying to go to college and in doing this it will help with financial aid.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: Need help with knowing our rights against dss they have been harassing my family for 3 years.im so done.

What can we do legal to protect my family from harassment.

Cheryl Ann Truesdale
Cheryl Ann Truesdale
answered on Nov 11, 2022

Schedule a consultation with a family court lawyer in your area who handles DSS cases to get advice specific to your situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: My Daughter is using her Biological father last name(Were not married)..What to do my husband wants to adopt her?

She is using her biological father last name and His name was written on her Birth.I am not married with his father and He is in other country.How can I terminate his parental right when He never give child support.

I am married for 4years and My Husband want to adopt my daughter,Do we... Read more »

Megan Hunt Dell
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Megan Hunt Dell
answered on Nov 11, 2022

First, you should understand that allowing your husband to adopt your daughter and changing her names are separate requests for relief.

Adoptions require very strict compliance with notice and service requirements to be valid. To determine whether you will need to give notice to your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: Stone V Thompson 2019 decision concerning common law marriage: Does the 2019 decision allow for a "grandfather clause" ?

Those in common law marriages before the 2019 decision can still be considered as being married?

Megan Hunt Dell
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Megan Hunt Dell
answered on Nov 11, 2022

Yes, the Stone v. Thompson decision prevented creation of new common law marriages after it was decided (on July 24, 2019), but if a common law marriage was established before that date, its existence can be proven by clear and convincing evidence.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: If an unlicensed grandparent drives a child or lives with an undoc immigrant, could that have significance in custody?

I'm anticipating an unpleasant custody dispute in near future and I'm trying to prepare. My former partner receives a significant amount of childcare support from her mother. However, her mother had never received a driver's license. She also lives with her long-time boyfriend who is... Read more »

Megan Hunt Dell
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Megan Hunt Dell
answered on Nov 11, 2022

Choosing inappropriate caregivers is something the Family Court may consider when deciding custody. Allowing the grandmother who does not have a drivers license to drive the child demonstrates poor judgment. The immigration status of people living with the grandmother is likely to have little, if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: Should a father file for divorce or child abandonment first. Mother abandoned children and spouse 10 years ago.

Mother left spouse and children in 2012. She has not been in contact with, sent money or anything in those 10 years. I want to make sure I protect my children. I just don't know if I should file for divorce first or if i should file for the abandonment of the children first.

Megan Hunt Dell
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Megan Hunt Dell
answered on Nov 11, 2022

In South Carolina, Rule 18, SCRCP, requires that all claims that *can* be brought at the same time *must* be brought at the same time. The South Carolina Family Court is unlikely to grant a divorce until issues related to your children are resolved. Chances are, filing for divorce and custody at... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for South Carolina on
Q: I filed for CS in Nov of 21 and I’m just now getting a date for Dec of 22, is my child entitled to back pay?
Megan Hunt Dell
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Megan Hunt Dell
answered on Nov 11, 2022

Whether to award retroactive child support is within the Family Court's discretion; however, the law is clear that the Court can *only* award retroactive support back to the date the action was filed.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for South Carolina on
Q: If im going for child support, is custody arrangements included in that or does the father have to take me back for that

My ex was abusive towards me, and im scared it would lead to them in the future. Hes been inconsistent with them, this is the 3rd time he vanished on them for months and randomly popped back up. Abandoned us to be evicted from 2 houses now, i didnt have a vehicle and he took my carseats so we were... Read more »

Megan Hunt Dell
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Megan Hunt Dell
answered on Nov 11, 2022

The administrative process for establishing child support that is available through the Department of Social Services does *not* include any ability to establish custody/visitation. However, it is common that when one parent tries to use that process to get support, then the other parent will file... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Family Law and Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: Can I appeal as a mother if my lawyer missed the date to file an appeal and I didn't know about it until 1week b4 adopti
Charles William Michaels
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Charles William Michaels
answered on Sep 2, 2022

First, I am not a South Carolina lawyer. That being said, unfortunately if the appeal deadline has been missed -- for whatever reason-- I think your appeal period has closed.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: Can autism cause extenuating circumstances in a child custody cause ? If child is getting diagnosis during the case?

My two year old is being diagnosed with autism and speech delay. The biological father has been in and out of her life since birth and now has been no contact with the child in question since march and it's now almost September... By the time the next court hearing happens it will be close to... Read more »

Megan Hunt Dell
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Megan Hunt Dell
answered on Aug 25, 2022

S.C. Code Ann. Section 63-15-240(B) requires the Family Court to consider the best interests of the child when determining custody, including the temperamental and developmental needs of a child, the capacity and disposition of the parents to understand and meet the needs of the child, and the past... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: I'm in SC, baby was born in Florida and lives with mother in NC. Where do I go to court to get shared custody?
Megan Hunt Dell
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Megan Hunt Dell
answered on Aug 25, 2022

Under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, which each state has a version of, only the "home state" of the child has jurisdiction to decide custody of the child.

If the child has never lived in SC, then SC does not have jurisdiction to decide custody....
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