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Practice Areas

Divorce and Separation

Have you been served with divorce papers? Questions about how to file for divorce or what your rights are? Worried about custody, alimony or child support? At the Law Office of Carolyn M. Bone, LLC, we strive to provide each client with individualized attention and diligent representation in a compassionate, non-judgmental atmosphere. With family law issues, zealous representation, consistent communication,  and a solutions-based approach are key to helping each client navigate his or her unique situation.

 

Every situation is examined on a case-by-case basis to determine the best possible course of action, and to help clients develop and maintain realistic goals and expectations. Whether you are seeking a divorce on fault grounds (like adultery, habitual drunkenness/drug abuse, or physical cruelty (spousal abuse), a "no-fault divorce" (separation for one year), or a legal separation (separate support and maintenance in South Carolina), we can help. 

 

  • Contested divorce

  • Uncontested divorce

  • "No-Fault" divorce

  • Military divorce

  • Settlement agreements

  • Separation (Separate Support & Maintenance)

  • Common law marriage issues

  • Same-sex divorce; Gay/lesbian/LGBT divorce

  • Legal name changes

  • Modifications of prior orders

  • Annulment

  • Property division

  • Retirement and pension division

  • Debt division

Child Custody and Visitation

We understand that nothing is more important to you than your children. One of the most difficult challenges for parents is deciding how they will divide responsibility for and time with their children. Our SC family law attorneys can help you craft a child-centered parenting plan that is both workable and in the best interests of your child or children. 

 

At the Law Office of Carolyn M. Bone, LLC, we can also advise clients with child support and custody issues regarding paternity, including the use of DNA testing to determine paternity. If you are the father of a child born out of wedlock, you may also want to consult with a South Carolina family law attorney to learn more about your parental rights. 

 

 

  • Visitation

  • Custody

  • Enforcement/contempt proceedings

  • Relocation

  • Modifications of prior orders 

  • Grandparents' rights/visitation

  • Paternity/Unwed parents

  • Father's rights

  • Adoption

  • Step-parent adoption

  • Child name changes

  • Registration of out-of-state custody orders

Child Support

The Law Office of Carolyn M. Bone, LLC handles a wide range of child-related issues, including issues related to the determination of equitable child support payments. In certain circumstances, the court may also consider modifying existing child support orders when there has been a significant change of circumstances, including a job loss, relocation, promotion at work, serious personal injury, and remarriage. If you or your child's parent has experienced a substantial change in circumstances, contact us to speak with a South Carolina child support attorney today. We can offer advice on issues like obtaining child support, lowering child support, raising child support, and ending child support when your obligation has run its course. 

 

The Law Office of Carolyn M. Bone, LLC can also advise clients with child support issues regarding paternity, including the use of DNA testing to determine paternity. 

 

  • Child support establishment

  • Child support enforcement

  • Child support modification

  • Increase or decrease child support

  • Unwed parents

  • Paternity

Alimony and Spousal Support

The courts consider a number of important factors when deciding whether to award or modify spousal support (alimony). These factors include you or your spouse's financial need, the length of the marriage, work history and earnings, the age and health of the parties, who has custody of the children, and marital fault (like adultery). Our Summerville attorneys can meet with you one-on-one to examine the unique issues of your case and help determine the best course of action. 

 

  • Alimony/spousal support establishment

  • Alimony/spousal support enforcement

  • Alimony/spousal support modification

  • Increase or decrease alimony

Step-Parent and Family Adoption

As blended families become more common, there has been growing interest in step-parent adoptions. South Carolina law provides for a "streamlined" adoption process under certain circumstances involving step-parent or family adoptions. If you have questions about this process, please give us a call to schedule a consultation. 

 

  • Step-parent adoption

  • Grandparent adoption

  • Family adoption/Relative adoption

  • LGBT adoption

  • Termination of Parental Rights

Child and Adult Name Changes

Under South Carolina law, one can easily resume a former or maiden name as part of a divorce or Separate Support & Maintenance action. However, if you wish to change your name outside of a divorce or separation, or wish to use a new name, you will need to take some additional steps to have your name legally changed. We also handle transgender/LGBT name changes. Call to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss the process required. 

 

Likewise, changing a child's name in South Carolina, particularly if you are not presently married to the other parent, can be more complex than many realize. Call us to schedule a consultation to discuss your individual situation. 

 

Mediation and Settlement Agreements

Anger and volatility on the part of both clients and attorneys can lead to high costs for those involved. At the Law Office of Carolyn M. Bone, LLC, we strive to keep these costs reasonable by working with clients to develop realistic goals and expectations. Whenever possible, we use creative, individualized solutions to diffuse these situations and focus on the goal of equitable settlement. 

 

In all counties of South Carolina, mediation is mandatory in most family court cases before they may proceed to trial. Mediation can also be a cost-effective and valuable tool to help resolve contested cases. Attorney Carolyn M. Bone is a Certified South Carolina Family Court Mediator. Please visit our sister site, www.summervillefamilymediation.com, if you are looking for mediation services. (Please note, Ms. Bone cannot serve as both an attorney and a mediator in a given case).

 

If you have already mediated (with a different mediator) or otherwise reached an agreement with the opposing party, we can help refine the terms of your agreement, advise you on the legal impact of each provision, assist you with having the agreement approved by the Court. However, you should also know that only one party to a dispute can be our client for ethical reasons, even if things are amicable. 

 

  • Mediation

  • Arbitration (representation only, not a certified arbitrator)

  • Settlement agreements

  • Settlement negotiation

  • Court approval of agreements

  • Custody agreements

  • Separation agreements

  • Child support agreements

  • Property division agreements

  • Military retirement division

  • Drafting settlement agreements

  • Mediated divorce

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703 North Magnolia Street, Summerville SC 29483  |  Tel: 843-261-7025

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703 North Magnolia Street

Summerville, SC 29483

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