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.
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. Some cases may be appropriate for a Cooperative Family Law approach. This may be discussed at the initial consultation if you are interested.
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 attorney 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.
Modifications of prior orders
Child name changes
Registration of out-of-state custody orders
Parenting plans for children with special needs
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
DSS child support actions
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). Ms. Bone is also trained in Cooperative Family Law.
Arbitration (representation only, not a certified arbitrator)
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, tax impacts, and marital fault (like adultery). Our Summerville attorney can meet with you one-on-one to examine the unique issues of your case and help determine the best course of action. We can also work with your CPA or forensic accountant/tax expert (especially in the case of high-income or high-asset divorce cases).
Alimony/spousal support establishment
Alimony/spousal support enforcement
Alimony/spousal support modification
Increase or decrease alimony
Lump sum alimony
Permanent periodic alimony
Paying through the SDU (State Disbursement Unit)
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. We can help you every step of the way, from beginning the adoption process through obtaining new birth certificates. If you have questions about this process, please give us a call to schedule a consultation with our Summerville law office.
Family adoption/Relative adoption
Termination of Parental Rights
Amend or correct birth certificates
Child name changes
Adult name changes
Consent and relinquishment
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 name changes. Call to schedule a consultation with our Summerville law office 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.