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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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Stepparent Adoption in South Carolina

Sometimes the law creates a family, as when a person or couple adopts a newborn through an agency or private adoption. And then there are times that the law simply gives formal recognition to a family that already exists. That is often what happens i… 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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Understanding the Different Types of Surrogacy

When a woman carries a baby for another person or couple, she is commonly referred to as a surrogate. But often that term is incorrect. There are different ways that a woman may come to carry a pregnancy for someone else, and the terminology used sho… Read More
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Divorce During COVID-19

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, many things in the world, and in our homes, have changed. For most people, the ordinary stress of daily life has been ramped up by the pandemic. For many, the stress of work has been replaced by the stress of job… Read More
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How Are VA Benefits and Other Military Benefits Affected by Divorce?

A common question from service members and spouses facing a military divorce is which VA benefits and other military benefits get divided up, and how. Some benefits are subject to division in a divorce, and others are not. To understand what benefits… Read More
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A Guide to Dividing Marital Property in Divorce

Divorce isn’t funny, especially if you’re going through it. But when people do make jokes about divorce, they tend to be along the lines of one spouse taking the other for all they are worth. No wonder people approaching divorce wonder if they ar… Read More
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How to Become a Surrogate Mother

It’s hard to imagine a greater gift than helping people who want a child to become parents. Being a gestational carrier, often referred to as a surrogate mother, offers the satisfaction of knowing that you were an essential part of creating a famil… Read More
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Prenuptial Agreements: What Can (and Can’t) Be Included

Prenuptial agreements can be a touchy topic for engaged couples. The reality is that most prenuptial agreements address (among other things) how the couple would deal with certain issues in the event of a divorce. So when the person you are planning… Read More
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Surrogacy vs. Adoption: Choosing What's Best for Your Family

When thinking about family formation, you have a number of options, including surrogacy and adoption. Both have their advantages and downsides; which one is right for you depends on your family’s circumstances and needs. Here are some factors to co… 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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