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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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What Couples Need to Know About Legal Separation in South Carolina

Few family law terms vary as much in meaning from state to state as “legal separation.” Everybody knows what it means to be married; everybody knows what it means to be divorced. Separation is less clear. To understand what people in South Caroli… Read More
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How a Lawyer Can Guide You Through the Surrogacy Process

Deciding to build your family with the help of a surrogate is a deeply personal decision. As such, it may feel like it can be handled on a personal level. But surrogacy and parenthood involve legal relationships, as well as personal ones. In order to… Read More
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Surrogacy and Birthright Citizenship: What You Need to Know

What is “birthright citizenship,” and how does it affect families formed through surrogacy? There are two ways in which someone might have birthright citizenship in the United States. The first stems from the Fourteenth Amendment to the United St… Read More
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Military Protective Orders: Understanding Your Options

Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is present everywhere in American society, often just under the surface. Rich families, poor families, and those in between; families of every race and ethnicity; families in cities, suburbs… Read More
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Should You Act as a Surrogate for a Friend or Family Member?

There are many reasons people may choose to build their family through surrogacy. The intended parents may be same-sex partners, a heterosexual couple struggling with infertility, surrogacy is not permitted in the parents’ native country, or there… 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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