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What Does Legal Custody Mean for Decision-Making?

When we speak of “custody,” it can mean a number of things. Generally, child custody is divided up into the categories of “physical custody” and “legal custody.” Physical custody, as most people know, is the parent with whom a child lives… Read More
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Who is a Parent in South Carolina?

It seems like a question with the most straightforward of answers: who is a parent? But the answer is not as simple as it seems at first glance. Is a parent someone who contributes genetic material to a child? Usually the answer is yes, but not alway… Read More
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Military IDs for Divorced Spouses and Children

Military service members and their families sacrifice a lot for the nation they love. Serving in the armed forces carries tremendous responsibility and also some well-deserved benefits. Access to those benefits is granted to individuals with a milita… Read More
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Garnishing Wages from Military Pay for Child or Spousal Support

All parents are obligated to support their children. When parents are divorced or have never been married, that obligation is usually formalized by an order for child support issued by a state court. While in some circumstances, an obligor (parent wh… Read More
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Modifying Child Support in South Carolina

Depending on how old a child is when an order for child support is entered, the parents could be subject to that order for almost two decades. If you think about your life twenty years ago, or even ten, you’ll realize that a lot can change over the… Read More
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Understanding Postnuptial Agreements

Most people have heard of prenuptial agreements, but relatively few are familiar with postnuptial agreements, also called “postnups.” That’s not a surprise. Prenups are much more common than postnups, perhaps ten times as common. What’s the d… Read More
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Helpful Information for Parents Considering Transracial Adoption

There are many ways to build a family, and adoption can be one of the most beautiful, bringing together a child who needs a parent with a parent or parents who desperately long to share their love with a child. There are many types of adoption as wel… Read More
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Base Housing in a Military Divorce

Military service offers a number of economic benefits to service members and their families, not the least of which is housing. Military families may live in family housing on base, or off base in private housing. Families that qualify to live off ba… Read More
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How Does Joint Legal Custody Work in South Carolina?

Married parents who are divorcing, and unmarried parents who are living in different households, are almost always concerned about custody of their children. If you and your spouse or partner are planning to live apart, you probably are, too (and tha… Read More
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Collaborative Divorce vs. Mediation

If you have been thinking about divorce, but wanting to avoid a stressful court battle, you may have come across the terms “Collaborative divorce” and “divorce mediation” in online searches. Both are popular types of alternative dispute resol… Read More
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Since founding Brinkley Law Firm in 2011, attorney Stephanie Brinkley has helped families grow and expand by navigating them through the legal challenges surrounding Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) and Adoption. As an attorney who focuses on f… Read More
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Originally from Los Angeles, Christopher Kays moved to Charleston in 2007 when he reported to The Citadel for his knob year to study psychology. As a cadet, Christopher volunteered at the VA hospital and helped establish Leadership Day, The Citadel… Read More

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