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South Carolina Divorce 101

Divorce is a difficult decision for anyone, whether it's you or your partner who initiates it. It's a painful experience that can leave you feeling shattered and alone in the dark. When you made your wedding vows, you did so with the intention of being together for life. You invested a lot of time and money into your wedding, inviting friends and family from all over South Carolina to share in your joy.

Now, you're faced with the harsh reality that you and your former spouse are no longer together. As your family law attorney in Boiling Springs, SC, we understand how overwhelming this can be. We've assisted many clients through the divorce process and had the knowledge and tools to help them work through it and move on to greener pastures.

The CDH Law Firm Approach to Child Custody in South Carolina

Did you know that the U.S. Census Bureau states that 25% of children younger than 21 live with just one parent while the other parent resides elsewhere in the country? In such circumstances, many families must navigate the complicated and legally complex process of child custody. As seasoned family law attorneys, we have represented clients in all aspects and legal stages of child custody and support.

We focus in providing services for a range of issues, including but not limited to:

  • Drafting Reasonable Proposed Parenting Plans
  • Preparing Child Support Calculations
  • Communication with a Guardian ad Litem (if applicable)
  • Securing De Facto Custodian / Psychological Parent Rights
  • Negotiating Agreements Relating to Child Custody
  • Prosecuting Claims Related to Domestic Violence
  • Prosecuting and Defending Claims for
  • Adoption,
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Custody, and
  • Visitation
  • Defending Claims Alleging Abuse / Neglect by the Department of Social Services

Every family has its own distinct characteristics, and as such, child-related agreements must also be customized to fit each unique situation. In South Carolina, our team of skilled family law attorneys takes the time to understand our clients' individual goals and needs and tailor our services accordingly.

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South Carolina Alimony 101

When you get married, you go into the partnership believing that you'll be together forever. It makes sense, then, that most divorcing couples don't know very much about alimony in South Carolina (also referred to as spousal support). They ask questions such as:

  • Who gets alimony?
  • What is a reasonable amount of alimony?

Fortunately, working with a family law lawyer in Boiling Springs, SC, can answer those questions and make alimony easier to understand and approach.

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What is Alimony in South Carolina?

Many individuals often mistake alimony for child support, but they are, in fact, two distinct forms of financial obligation and not mutually exclusive. Alimony was established to safeguard a supported spouse in the event of a divorce or separation. For example, a spouse who did not work during the course of the marriage would generally have a stronger alimony claim than a spouse who worked throughout the marriage. Likewise, a spouse who worked throughout the marriage but made less than the other spouse would have a stronger alimony claim than a spouse who worked and earned equivalent income to the supporting spouse.

In many cases, a spouse may choose to stay at home to tend to the children and manage the household. Oftentimes, the spouse who remains at home has sacrificed their career or education to care for the family. In such instances, a divorce could leave the financially weaker spouse in a state of financial turmoil. Without that support system, they will have to start over from scratch. These are some factors the Court will consider in evaluating an appropriate alimony case. Throughout your marriage, you have structured your quality of life based on a budget determined by your finances. While all expenses are shared by both partners, what happens if you have been financially dependent on your spouse and need to support yourself?

At Cobb, Dill, & Hammett, LLC, we aim to assist you in securing the alimony you need to support both yourself and your children. At the same time, we want to ensure that you are not overpaying your spouse, if you are the one required to pay. You may be required to pay an amount that could leave you in a difficult financial situation. Regardless, it's crucial to have the right legal representation to guide you through the alimony process in South Carolina.

The CDH Law Firm Approach to Alimonyin South Carolina

Some people may assume financial responsibilities to a former partner are end with the filing of a divorce decree. However, if the court has mandated alimony payments, then the financial obligations survive. Failure to meet those obligations can lead to serious legal and financial consequences. Family law attorneys at CHSA Law, LLC have years of experience representing clients throughout the divorce process, including alimony determinations.

Our legal services cover many aspects of alimony law, such as:

  • Negotiating Temporary and Final Alimony Payments
  • Modifying Alimony
  • Providing Advice on Reasonable Alimony
  • Filing to Collect Unpaid Alimony

Though our family law attorneys are fearless negotiators and litigators, we always strive to keep your legal proceedings as seamless and straightforward as possible. Our goal is to help reach an agreement on alimony that is reasonable for both you and your spouse. However, compromises aren't always possible. If needed, our lawyers will fight aggressively on your behalf to help ensure your financial rights are protected.

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Several new developments planned for Highway 9, residents concerned about traffic

BOILING SPRINGS, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Realtors are calling it a development boom! Highway 9 in Boiling Springs has seen major growth over the last 10 years with no signs of slowing down.“You know as a kid, the only real growth and development was on the East side of Spartanburg and the West side,” said Andy Hayes, the Vice President of Spencer Hines Properties.Now Spartanburg’s growth is happening on the highways. Spencer Hines Properties agents have been busy making deals on Highway 9.“10 years ...

BOILING SPRINGS, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Realtors are calling it a development boom! Highway 9 in Boiling Springs has seen major growth over the last 10 years with no signs of slowing down.

“You know as a kid, the only real growth and development was on the East side of Spartanburg and the West side,” said Andy Hayes, the Vice President of Spencer Hines Properties.

Now Spartanburg’s growth is happening on the highways. Spencer Hines Properties agents have been busy making deals on Highway 9.

“10 years ago I would have thought you know it’s got to come to an end on Highway 9 in Boiling Springs, and then five years ago I would have said the same thing and we’re still saying that now but it’s phenomenal what continues to happen,” he said.

Highway 9 has a lot of empty land, selling for as high as $1 million dollars an acre. But developers are buying and change is coming fast.

“There will be other new projects that start next week, I mean it’s that active up there,” said Hayes.

Spencer Hines has already sold land for a car wash, Culvers, a BBQ restaurant, retail strip, coffee shop and family entertainment center with bowling and an arcade. Also a large Target development, behind the store will be more than 100 apartments and a townhome community. These projects are just half of the recent deals.

On Facebook we asked for your thoughts. Through more than 100 comments from Boiling Springs residents, many were excited and asking for more. Others have concerns, some comments saying---

“We do not need anymore apartments or housing. We are full!”

“Too many accidents..too many people..too much growth.”

“I feel that the infrastructure is not prepared”

If voters approve the next penny tax in November, Highway 9 is listed for corridor road improvements, but that could be years down the line.

“I think it’s a double-edged sword. People are excited about having it but they’re also going to have to deal with additional traffic that comes along with that,” said Hayes.

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Whataburger in SC? Spartanburg County is getting 4

SPARTANBURG — Texas-born burger chain Whataburger is setting up shop at four different locations in Spartanburg County. Two will be in the city of Spartanburg, one in Boiling Springs and one in Duncan.“Four Whataburgers in Spartanburg makes an incredible statement in the Southeast that they chose us over all the places they could be,” Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt, who chairs the county’s economic development committee, told The Post and Courier on June 16.The four Spartanburg restaurants wou...

SPARTANBURG — Texas-born burger chain Whataburger is setting up shop at four different locations in Spartanburg County. Two will be in the city of Spartanburg, one in Boiling Springs and one in Duncan.

“Four Whataburgers in Spartanburg makes an incredible statement in the Southeast that they chose us over all the places they could be,” Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt, who chairs the county’s economic development committee, told The Post and Courier on June 16.

The four Spartanburg restaurants would be the eastern-most spots for the chain that developed a passionate and loyal following in its home state. A Whataburger planned for Anderson makes at least five known locations planned for South Carolina. It’s part of a wider expansion across the country.

In 2019, Chicago-based investment firm BDT Capital bought a majority stake in the company with plans to expand the brand. Soon after, Whataburger began opening restaurants in Missouri, Tennessee and Colorado. There are now more than 930 restaurants in 14 states, South Carolina not included. But that will change.

The city of Spartanburg approved the site plan for a location on 1510 W. O. Ezell Blvd. The burger chain is also looking at a location on East Main Street, but the site review is still pending and city officials did not give the address. It’s unclear when construction will start at either location.

“It’s good to see them reaching out to good ol’ Spartanburg heading out east,” said local realtor Santiago Mariani. “I’ve heard nothing but great reviews. There’s a sense of excitement, and that has me excited.”

The Boiling Springs location will be across from a Quick Trip at the entrance to a new Target on Highway 9.

Ben Hines, the president of Spencer/Hines Properties, brokered the deal to lease the land to Whataburger, and said the new Boiling Springs development would bring a lot of tax revenue to the county and would help the growing area.

SPARTANBURG — The new Spartanburg County Courthouse is scheduled to open to the public on Jan. 22 with construction now complete on the 344,000-square-foot building.

The $120 million facility at West St. John and Magnolia streets includes 17 courtrooms, one hearing room, a jury assembly room, jury deliberation rooms and other space for future use. Funding for the project was approved by voters in 2017 when they passed a 1-cent sales tax increase. The building’s highest point reaches 124 feet. The new courthouse is more than three times the size of the existing courthouse.

“It is spectacular, not only in appearance, but makes a statement about who we are and where we are going,” Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt told The Post and Courier. “The old courthouse opened in 1957, and it was built when the county’s population was just over 100,000 people. We needed a new courthouse in the ’90s but couldn’t afford a new courthouse at that time due to finances.”

Judicial Planning Associates reported in May 2017 the Spartanburg Judicial Center at 180 Magnolia St., Spartanburg, needed to be replaced because it no longer met the required standards for technology or security required for courts. The old county courthouse will be demolished in 2024, and a plaza will be built in its place. The new courthouse design includes white precast exterior with classical architecture. A parking deck garage with 700 spaces was completed in 2021 at Library Street as part of the overall construction project.

Spartanburg County Clerk of Court Amy Cox said in a statement the current courthouse will be closed from Jan. 8 through Jan. 19 to normal traffic during staff’s transition to the new building.

“Our staff members will still be working, answering phones and emails, processing filings and sending required notices,” Cox said. “There may be times when our phones and computers are in transition.”

The only non-employees who will be allowed in the old building during the move will be attorneys, litigants and witnesses who are on the small family court docket. No one else will be allowed in the building for any other reason. A drop box will be located at the front entrance for any paper filings for any court located in the building.

How Hudson Wilson's clutch plays put Boiling Springs baseball in AAAAA Upper State final

Boiling Springs baseball coach Jeff Lipscomb, after his team won an elimination game Monday night and reached the Upper State high school championship, had one more question for his team in the postgame circle.“Who would you rather have up in the biggest spot than this guy?” he said, pointing to senior catcher Hudson Wilson.It was a rhetorical question.Wilson’s eighth-inning,...

Boiling Springs baseball coach Jeff Lipscomb, after his team won an elimination game Monday night and reached the Upper State high school championship, had one more question for his team in the postgame circle.

“Who would you rather have up in the biggest spot than this guy?” he said, pointing to senior catcher Hudson Wilson.

It was a rhetorical question.

Wilson’s eighth-inning, game-winning hit off the right-field fence scored Luke Compton from third base, and it might be a tie between them for slowest 90 feet in high school baseball history.

“I was just walking,” Wilson said. “All we needed was a sacrifice fly right there.”

They both made it, eventually, and Boiling Springs beat T.L. Hanna, 2-1, triggering the celebration of a dramatic comeback. The Bulldogs were being shut out and down to their final three outs in the seventh.

Boiling Springs (19-8) will play at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Blythewood (20-4) and needs to win twice to advance to the state championship.

Hudson, who went 3-for-4, made one of the defensive plays of the game in the top of the eighth and his highlight inning was just getting started.

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Hudson, an Anderson University signee, caught a runner leaning too far off first on a failed bunt attempt and that led to a shutdown inning and a chance for a walk-off in the bottom half.

“What a great night for No. 7,” Lipscomb said. “Picks that guy off and does the job catching (starting pitcher and Clemson commit) Jackson Cole all night long and then comes up with the game-winner. Mr. Clutch.

“... Man, he was fun to watch.”

Unexpected pitchers' duel with Clemson commit

It was a pitchers’ duel, which was normal in the Upper State finals because three runs by T.L. Hanna in the first round against Lexington is now considered an offensive explosion.

But this one was rather unexpected because it was between Clemson commit Jackson Cole of Boiling Springs and T.L. Hanna freshman Easton Thomas.

Cole reached his 110-pitch limit in the eighth. He struck out nine, walked three and allowed six hits. Thomas went six-plus and had a 1-0 lead when he departed in the seventh with a runner on first.

T.L. Hanna baseball is ahead of schedule

Hanna’s final record won't be all that impressive, 12-11, but the Yellow Jackets went 7-2 in their region during a rebuilding season.

They lost 13 seniors after last season, had two returning offensive players with more than 30 at-bats and just one pitcher with significant experience.

“I just loved the growth and maturity,” Hanna coach Daniel Crenshaw said. “We were so young and not a lot of people expected a lot from us. But these guys competed their tails off.”

Upstate woman honors deceased sister, hires those with disabilities through new bakery

"Sissy's Sweets" is a vision turned reality, symbolic of a bond between two sisters Infinite Scroll Enabled GET LOCAL BREAKING NEWS ALERTSThe latest breaking updates, delivered straight to your email inbox.Your Email AddressPrivacy Notice BOILING SPRINGS, S.C. —"Sissy's Sweets" now has a physical store location in Boiling Springs. However, the ...

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"Sissy's Sweets" now has a physical store location in Boiling Springs. However, the journey of baking as a career pathway for owner Miranda Gilbert began back in 2020 out of her home, following the death of her sister, 22-year-old Erika.

"My little sister, her name was Erika and she was six years younger than me," Gilbert said. "She had Down syndrome. My family liked to say she was my soulmate, not just my sister. She was my best friend in the entire world. We loved to bake together. That was one of the many things we loved to do together.”

Gilbert said the two developed a love for baking early on, and it quickly became a hobby that would have an everlasting impact.

“After that, [Erika's passing] I just immediately knew I wanted to start Sissy’s Sweets in her honor,” Gilbert said.

Inside the bakery and coffee shop, you'll notice several large photos hanging on the walls that encompass Erika's larger-than-life personality as well as her love for baking.

Gilbert said the two always talked about opening a shop together, and now she has an opportunity to fulfill that mission.

"Her favorite part of baking was eating," Gilbert said, laughing. "With her having Down syndrome, my goal with Sissy’s Sweets was to give her a job opportunity as she got older, so now that I can’t do it with her.I just say I’m doing it for her.”

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As another way to honor her sister, Gilbert plans to hire individuals with a range of disabilities.

"I'm selfish and just love seeing their sweet faces," Gilbert said. "But it's all about loving them and giving them a chance. They can do anything just like anybody else, and a disability shouldn’t hold them back just because they’re differently able than other people.”

As you exit Sissy's Sweets, a sign above the door is hard to miss. It reads, "Thank you for come to see me."

“We know she’s in heaven, and she’s happy, but she would really love to be here getting all this attention and eating some cupcakes,” Gilbert said.

"Whenever we had Christmas or anything with our family or a big group of people, she always had to give a speech and stand in front of everybody," Gilbert said. "She’d always say thank you for come to see me.”

Sissy's Sweets is set to have its soft and grand openings by next month.

Three Parks in Boiling Springs Your Kids Will Love

Do you live in Boiling Springs or travel there often? If so, there are three great parks in Boiling Springs you are going to love. Read below to find out which of these Boiling Springs parks is the right one for your family to visit today.Living in Boiling Springs, I often put the kids in the car to escape the confines of the house by venturing to one of the local parks. Within the fast-growing Boiling Springs community, there are three outstanding parks just a few minutes of one another for the locals to enjoy. No matter wha...

Do you live in Boiling Springs or travel there often? If so, there are three great parks in Boiling Springs you are going to love. Read below to find out which of these Boiling Springs parks is the right one for your family to visit today.

Living in Boiling Springs, I often put the kids in the car to escape the confines of the house by venturing to one of the local parks. Within the fast-growing Boiling Springs community, there are three outstanding parks just a few minutes of one another for the locals to enjoy. No matter what part of North Spartanburg you live in, these parks are all worth the short drive it takes to get your family out of the house. Each park is perfect for playdates with friends, picnics with families, or even quiet solo walks.

Three Great Boiling Springs Parks You Should Visit

For more great parks, don’t miss our Guide to Parks in Spartanburg County.

Location, location, location! The Boiling Springs Community Park is located right in the center of town – conveniently located behind the Fire Station, Lowe’s, and beside Walmart. Parents can easily reward their children for shopping with them with a stop at the park on the way home.

This park includes swings, a playground for big kids, and a playground for little kids. It also includes a paved walkway that is great for young ones learning to ride bikes or roller skate. There is a lovely gazebo and covered picnic tables for families wanting to pack a picnic.

Another great thing about this park is that it is not as crowded as some of the larger parks in the area as it is not connected to any sports fields. One thing to keep in mind when you visit is that the only restroom is a porta-potty and there is little shade.

Boiling Springs Community Park182 Rainbow Lake Road, Boiling Springs

If you want an outdoor space that has several options, head to Va-Du-Mar McMillan Park. This is a large recreational park that hosts soccer fields, tennis courts and a disc golf course, all in addition to a huge playground for the kids. There are covered picnic tables here as well.

McMillan Park’s playground area is fenced in, which is nice considering the size of the entire park. When you arrive with your children, you can feel safe knowing they are within a confined space with plenty of room to roam and explore. The playground includes a giant playset for big kids and a smaller playset for toddlers. It has several swings, slides and climbers. It also has a musical section. Even on the busy days, your children will find something to play on and areas to run and play.

If you are in the mood to explore nature, you can head over towards the disc golf area. This wooded section has disc golf goals along a marked trail, and it also has a creek with some sitting areas. My kids love to hike through the woods, walk over the bridges and visit the creek.

This park does serve as a sports complex, so some days may be more crowded than others. However, on these busy sporting days, the park is still a safe place for kids to get out their energy. Keep in mind that while this park does have restrooms, they are located by the concession stand (which is a bit of a walk). Additionally, the playground has no shade, so pack your sunscreen!

Va-Du-Mar McMillan Park591 McMillan BoulevardBoiling Springs

If you have little ones who are just starting to walk or a child with disabilities, this is the park for you! The playground section of North Spartanburg Park (Miracle Park) is a fully-accessible park that includes a soft-surface playground and amenities.

This brightly colored playground is a big hit for younger children because the playset is made of ramps. Even the most hesitant climbers will be able to make their way up to the top of the playset using the ramps. It also includes fun imaginative areas such as a theater and a musical ensemble set.

Another reason this playground is a hit is because it is fenced in. Between the fence and the soft surface, you will feel comfortable letting your children explore independently. There are a few benches to sit on within the fenced-in area as well.

In addition to the playground, North Spartanburg Park is also the home of a BMX track, baseball fields, and a walking trail. The complex can become crowded, but there is plenty of parking. There are also restrooms located by the concession stands. Just remember to pack sunscreen as the playground area is not shaded.

North Spartanburg Park1160 Old Furnace RoadBoiling Springs

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