Family Court Charleston: Divorce and Mediation, What’s the Best Option?

Family Court Charleston A divorce occurs once every 13 seconds in the U.S. – that’s over 2.4 million divorces per year. A divorce focuses on family court including the legal, contractual aspects of a marriage. These issues most typically include the division of property and retirement accounts, alimony, child custody and child support, and tax […]

Parenting Agreements & Holiday Visitation

  Parenting Agreements Parenting agreements i.e. custody agreements, timeshares (or visitation schedule), decision making authority for schooling, medical care, & extracurricular activities as well as religious upbringing- remain a major issue in divorce today. Parenting Agreements in SC In South Carolina, there is a legal presumption that shared parenting (equal division of rights and responsibilities) […]

PRACTICAL Tool for Guardianship

Guardianship Guardianship is designed to protect the best interests of a person with mental impairments. A guardian is appointed by the Probate Court to manage the personal and medical care of an incapacitated person. My blog, Protecting the Best Interests of an Incapacitated Adult – When, Where, What, Who, Why, and How, is a resource […]

Divorce in the Modern World: I do. I did. I’m done.

Divorce in the Modern World Divorce in the modern world is considered a “traumatic life event” by psychologists and is viewed second only to a death in the family as a major life stressor. Divorce Statistics Although the U.S. Census Bureau has found that divorce rates in general have been dropping since 1996, there are […]

Car Accidents and Injury Settlements

Car Accidents If you are injured in a car accident, how much should you expect to be compensated? Negotiating personal injury settlements is more than simple mathematics. Many intangible factors come into play. As your attorney, it is our job to negotiate the best possible settlement based on the facts of your individual case. The […]

Why should you hire Dana Adkins law firm to help you?

Why hire Dana Adkins Law? Did you know that there are over 10,000 licensed attorneys in the state of South Carolina? How do you know which attorney is right for your case and will meet your needs? Our firm’s mission is to provide you with compassionate yet candid advice. We are a boutique law firm […]

Mediation, Arbitration or Trial?

This article, written by Andrea Murad and published on entrepreneur.com, offers a great Cliff’s-Notes-style explanation of various Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options, including Mediation, Arbitration & Trial: Mediation A structured and non-confrontational process that allows parties an opportunity to create an agreement that works for them and their family. Arbitration A proceeding in which a dispute is resolved […]

Alimony; It’s Tax Deductible

The one thing people usually hate paying more than taxes is alimony, but did you know these payments are often times tax deductible? What is Alimony? According to the IRS, Alimony is a payment to or for a spouse or former spouse under a divorce or separation instrument. It does not include voluntary payments that are not […]

Reality TV Divorce Provides a Valuable Lesson

Celebrity divorces always pique our curiosity but, under the gossip and scandal, there actually lies a valuable custody lesson in Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel’s divorce saga.  Sharing Custody in Divorce Despite allegations of fraud regarding the trust used to purchase the couple’s NYC condo, a contested alimony provision in their prenup, and a separation […]

SPLITTING-UP: Equitable Division of Marital Assets and Debts

Part of almost any divorce is dividing the Marital Estate. In South Carolina, the law requires “equitable division.” This includes identification, valuation, and fair division of the Marital Estate. What’s fair is largely in the discretion of the judge, which is one reason negotiating a settlement may be in your best interest. In South Carolina, […]