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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 Buffalo, 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 Buffalo, 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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South Carolina’s Pete Lembo named Buffalo football head coach

South Carolina’s football program will have to find another new coach to hire for the upcoming season.Associate head coach and special teams coordinator Pete Lembo was announced as the new head football coach for the University of Buffalo, the program announced Sunday afternoon. ESPN’s Pete Thamel first reported the news ...

South Carolina’s football program will have to find another new coach to hire for the upcoming season.

Associate head coach and special teams coordinator Pete Lembo was announced as the new head football coach for the University of Buffalo, the program announced Sunday afternoon. ESPN’s Pete Thamel first reported the news Sunday morning.

UB Athletics will introduce Lembo on campus as the head coach Tuesday afternoon. He’ll receive a five-year contract, and will make his debut as the Bulls’ head coach against Lafayette on Aug 29.

“Pete is a proven winner as a head coach and is an awesome hire for Buffalo,” USC head coach Shane Beamer said in a statement to UB Athletics. “He made our program at South Carolina better on and off the field. I can’t wait to watch what he does at Buffalo.”

Beamer later shared on X (formerly Twitter): “Congrats Pistol Pete !!!!! Incredible opportunity for you …You made our program better on and off the field. This position in Columbia is EXTREMELY attractive to so many now because of it …Although the new coach will never be able to reach your level of nickname usage on our team.”

Lembo has spent the past three seasons with the Gamecocks, joining Shane Beamer’s staff in Dec. 2020. He’s coached special teams to a program-record 14 blocked kicks in three seasons. The Gamecocks finished last year ranked No. 23 in the nation for net punting and No. 18 in punt return defense.

Lembo was a Broyles Award Assistant Coach of the Year semifinalist in 2022.

Lembo is originally from Staten Island, N.Y., roughly six hours from Buffalo’s campus.

“We will work tirelessly to recruit, develop and maximize the experience for our student-athletes on and off the field,” Lembo said in the Bulls’ announcement. “I am really excited to assemble an energetic staff that will build meaningful relationships with our players and with each other.”

Buffalo went 3-9 last season and 3-5 in the MAC. Previous head coach Maurice Linguist resigned last week to become an assistant at Alabama under new head coach Kalen DeBoer.

Lembo is the second USC coach to leave the program this offseason for a head coaching position, after former tight ends coach Jody Wright accepted a job at Murray State on Jan. 10. According to his contract, Lembo doesn’t have to pay USC a buyout, since he’s leaving for a head coaching position.

Lembo was the head coach at Elon and Lehigh before joining Ball State (2011-15), a conference foe for Buffalo, where he led the Cardinals to a 33-29 record while setting over 60 program records in five years. He was also the first Ball State head coach to reach 30 wins in four seasons in program history.

Lembo is 112-65 in his 14 years as a head coach, spanning from 2001-2015. He’s had previous coaching stops at Maryland, Memphis, Rice, Dartmouth Hampden-Sydeny and Albany. before landing at USC with Beamer. Lembo played college football at Georgetown.

This story was originally published January 21, 2024, 11:56 AM.

Pete Thamel: Buffalo targeting South Carolina special teams coach Pete Lembo for head coach opening

The University of Buffalo is reportedly targeting South Carolina special teams coordinator and associate head coach Pete Lembo to become its next head coach. ESPN’s Pete Thamel provided more details on the dev...

The University of Buffalo is reportedly targeting South Carolina special teams coordinator and associate head coach Pete Lembo to become its next head coach. ESPN’s Pete Thamel provided more details on the developing situation.

“Lembo brings a strong history in the MAC, as he went 33-29 at Ball State in five years as head coach and a 23-17 league record over that time,” Thamel wrote on X. “Buffalo AD Mark Alnutt prioritized head coaching experience in his search. And he’s expected to land on a coach with extensive time as a MAC head coach.”

Lembo has spent four seasons in South Carolina. He was named the Gamecocks’ associate head coach/special teams coordinator on Dec. 27, 2020. In the 2023 campaign, the Gamecocks converted 12-of-14 field goal attempts.

Additionally, South Carolina blocked four kicks, two field goal attempts and two punts. The Gamecocks finished 23rd in the nation in net punting, ranking 18th in punt return defense. While South Carolina’s special teams unit was solid in 2023, Lembo grabbed the nation’s attention last season.

In 2022, Lembo was named a Broyles Award Assistant Coach of the Year Semifinalist, a FootballScoop Special Teams Coach of the Year Finalist and earned Phil Steele’s Special Teams Coach of the Year accolades for his unit’s overwhelming success.

In the campaign, the Gamecocks tied for third in the country with six blocked kicks and tied for second with five blocked punts. Under Lembo’s guidance, SC scored five special teams touchdowns – two blocked punt returns, one kick return, one fake punt and one fake field goal.

Junior punter Kai Kroeger was an All-American and first-team All-SEC selection. Long snapper Hunter Rogers earned second-team All-SEC honors.

Before joining South Carolina, Lembo spent two seasons as the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator at Memphis. Again, he was nominated for the Broyles Award. He’s also had massive success coaching special teams at Rice and Maryland.

As Thamel mentioned, Lembo also has extensive experience as a head coach. He was the HC at Ball State for five seasons, guiding the program to a 33-29 during his tenure. He was the first head coach in Ball State history to win at least 30 games in his first four seasons.

During his time with the program, the Cardinals set over 60 school records, including season marks for points (501), total offense (6,199 yards), passing yards (4,214), TD passes (35) and total TD (64) in 2013.

In total, the 53-year-old coach boasts a 112-65 record. If Lembo heads to Buffalo, he will replace Maurice Linguist, who is now the co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Alabama.

Buffalo Bulls to face Georgia Southern Eagles in 2022 Camellia Bowl

The Buffalo Bulls were the final team to earn bowl eligibility without the need for a waiver.On Friday afternoon, Buffalo utilized a game-winning touchdown reception by Quian Williams and a sealing interception by Marcus Fuqua in the final two minutes to slide past Akron, 23-22. Moving to 6-6 on the season, the Bulls locked up their first bowl bid under second-year head coach Maurice Linguist.Their postseason destination will be Montgomery, AL for the Camellia Bowl, as revealed Sunday afternoon by ...

The Buffalo Bulls were the final team to earn bowl eligibility without the need for a waiver.

On Friday afternoon, Buffalo utilized a game-winning touchdown reception by Quian Williams and a sealing interception by Marcus Fuqua in the final two minutes to slide past Akron, 23-22. Moving to 6-6 on the season, the Bulls locked up their first bowl bid under second-year head coach Maurice Linguist.

Their postseason destination will be Montgomery, AL for the Camellia Bowl, as revealed Sunday afternoon by The Action Network breaking news reporter Brett McMurphy. In the matchup, Buffalo (6-6, 5-3 MAC) will face Georgia Southern (6-6, 3-5 Sun Belt) on Dec. 27.

Both teams followed similar trajectories in their path to clinching bowl eligibility. The Bulls and Eagles each started 5-3, rode similar three-game losing streaks, and narrowly won their final matchups to punch a ticket to the postseason. This will be the first-ever matchup between the programs.

Georgia Southern’s quarterback is Kyle Vantrease, who served as Buffalo’s starter from 2019-21 and guided the Bulls to each of their two bowl wins in program history (2019 Bahamas, 2020 Camellia). Vantrease, who will play in his final collegiate game in Montgomery, currently ranks fifth in the FBS in passing. He is set to challenge many of his longtime Buffalo teammates on the defensive side of the ball, including inside linebacker James Patterson and free safety Marcus Fuqua.

This marks Buffalo’s second Camellia Bowl appearance. The Bulls’ most recent bowl appearance in 2020 was also in the Camellia Bowl. On Christmas Day that season, they outlasted Marshall in 17-10 fashion to claim their second consecutive bowl win and finish the season with an AP ranking of No. 25. Buffalo’s two-game bowl win streak remains in tact heading into this contest on Dec. 27 — the first Camellia Bowl played outside of Christmas Day since 2019.

Georgia Southern is also making its second Camellia Bowl appearance. The Eagles emerged victorious over a MAC opponent in the 2018 matchup on a 40-yard field goal by Tyler Bass as time expired. Georgia Southern is 3-1 all-time in bowl games and 2-0 against the MAC.

The game is set to kick off in the Cramton Bowl located in Montgomery at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Century Complete Announces Brand-New Homes Now Available in Coolidge, Arizona

New homes from the low $200s now selling at Buffalo Creek from online homebuying pioneerUNION, S.C., Dec. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Century Communities, Inc., a top 10 national homebuilder, an industry leader in online home sales, and the highest-ranked homebuilder on Newsweek's list of America's Most Trustworthy Companies 2023—announced that its Ce...

New homes from the low $200s now selling at Buffalo Creek from online homebuying pioneer

UNION, S.C., Dec. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Century Communities, Inc., a top 10 national homebuilder, an industry leader in online home sales, and the highest-ranked homebuilder on Newsweek's list of America's Most Trustworthy Companies 2023—announced that its Century Complete brand has opened a new community—Buffalo Creek—in Union, SC, located near other Century Complete communities in Spartanburg, Boiling Springs and Gaffney.

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Showcasing a versatile lineup of single-family homes to suit a wide variety of needs and lifestyles, Buffalo Creek offers modern open-concept layouts with quick access to Buffalo Elementary School and Union's Main Street. The community contributes over 125 new homesites to Upstate South Carolina, helping to serve the market's need for more quality homes.

"We're excited to introduce Buffalo Creek," said Greg Huff, president of Century Complete. "Not only does this community feature affordable quality homes, but it offers a prime location within walking distance of local schools and an easy drive to Spartanburg. There's no better time than now to purchase a home at Buffalo Creek."

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2022 Week 3 Preview: Buffalo Bulls @ Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Game notesSetting the sceneBuffalo will get a taste of the signature “Surf Turf” at Brooks Stadium in Conway, SC this Saturday afternoon. After the teams clashed in Upstate New York last September, the second leg of the non-conference home-and-home moves to Coastal Carolina’s signature teal field.The Chanticleers are 2-0 while the Bulls are 0-2, but both teams were entangled in one-possession games with FCS schools in Week 2. However, Coastal Carolina emerged unscat...

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Setting the scene

Buffalo will get a taste of the signature “Surf Turf” at Brooks Stadium in Conway, SC this Saturday afternoon. After the teams clashed in Upstate New York last September, the second leg of the non-conference home-and-home moves to Coastal Carolina’s signature teal field.

The Chanticleers are 2-0 while the Bulls are 0-2, but both teams were entangled in one-possession games with FCS schools in Week 2. However, Coastal Carolina emerged unscathed in a 31-27 victory, while Buffalo witnessed the unthinkable. On the final play of a game deadlocked at 31, Buffalo’s opponent Holy Cross completed a 46-yard Hail Mary to stun the Bulls and hand them their first FCS loss since 2016.

Now, Coastal Carolina looks to coast to its third consecutive 3-0 start while an upset-minded Buffalo hopes to avoid its first 0-3 start since 2005.

Buffalo Bulls outlook

It’s no question Saturday night was Buffalo’s lowest moment since the team lost to Albany to commence a 2-10 season in 2016, Lance Leipold’s first year at the helm. But things eventually fell into place years later when Leipold implemented his schemes, recruited star players, and appeared in three bowl games and two MAC championships.

Year two of the Maurice Linguist era is off to a similar brutal start after dropping the most winnable game on the schedule in heartbreaking fashion, but the Bulls need to prove the 2022 season is still salvageable.

The team certainly has pieces on offense to do damage. After current Georgia Southern quarterback Kyle Vantrease transferred out of the program this offseason, the team was forced to replace the longtime starter with former Rutgers signal caller Cole Snyder. Snyder has yet to throw an interception this season while showing decent capability in the run game with 67 yards through two games — 19 away from the team-lead.

Snyder has viable weapons in Quian Williams and Justin Marshall, who combine for 20 receptions, 301 yards, and three touchdowns, and the two might form the best receiving duo Buffalo has seen in quite some time. That being said, what’s taken a step back in the offense?

Buffalo has made a name for itself by fielding some of the nation’s best offensive lines in recent years. In 2020 the Bulls only allowed one sack total and they ranked among the nation’s elite in sack prevention yet again in 2021 despite a 4-8 record. But through two contests, five sacks have already been yielded by the new-look group. Thus, amplifying this protection could provide positive ripple effects, improving factors such as Snyder’s 59.4 completion percentage and the unit’s 90th ranked rushing attack.

On defense, the Bulls must prepare to counter Jamey Chadwell’s option-heavy attack. Linebackers will play a major role in stifling Coastal Carolina’s creative run game, so reigning First Team All-MAC selection James Patterson and the team’s leading tackler Shaun Dolac are key names that must step up Saturday. Additionally, the Bulls must hone their havoc fundamentals and create more turnover opportunities. Buffalo has generated only one turnover this season, and takeaways are hard to come by when facing Grayson McCall, who has only tossed seven interceptions in 542 attempts at Coastal Carolina.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers outlook

With head coach Jamey Chadwell remaining on campus and quarterback Grayson McCall returning for his third consecutive year as the starter, Coastal Carolina immediately received the label as Sun Belt contenders for 2022. While the 38-28 win over Army on Week 1 supported that label, Week 2’s near-slip-up against FCS foe Gardner-Webb proved there is plenty of work to be done in Conway.

It was an uncharacteristic game for the Chanticleers as McCall absorbed four sacks and the team was limited to 36 rushing yards. Even despite winning the turnover battle 5-2, Coastal Carolina required a McCall touchdown pass in the final seven minutes to escape victorious.

As mentioned earlier, McCall doesn’t throw interceptions too often. But the junior quarterback is also one of college football’s quintessential models of accuracy. In 2021, he posted a season-long completion rate of 73.0 percent and he is replicating that in 2022 by firing on 72.3 percent of his drop backs. So far his rushing production isn’t mirroring the levels from his past two seasons, but McCall remains a dangerous threat when running the speed option, especially since he times his pitches better than any quarterback in the FBS. Still, Buffalo contained him to 12 rushing yards in 2021 thanks to three sacks and excellent containment from the defensive ends.

With NFL Draft selection Isaiah Likely no longer on campus, the main skill position players to watch in Chadwell’s offense are running back Reese White and Georgia State transfer wide receiver Sam Pinckney. White leads the team in rushing with 168 yards and is very adept at angling to the boundaries on option plays and Pinckney is the explosive receiving threat Coastal Carolina needed after losing its three leading receivers from 2021. Pinckney will challenge Buffalo’s 103rd ranked pass defense after obtaining a team-best 156 yards in his first two games as a Chanticleer.

Coastal Carolina’s biggest surprise on defense last season was the dominance of true freshman Josaiah Stewart. The edge rusher posted an absurd 13 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles in his first year out of high school and he remains a dangerous force as he transitions to sophomore status. Stewart already has met multiple rushers in the backfield this season, and he picked up his first share of a sack in 2022 in last week’s win. If Buffalo hopes to fortify the protection around Snyder, taking Stewart out of the game should absolutely be the No. 1 priority in the gameplan.

Prediction

Coastal Carolina displayed signs of vulnerability last week with a shaky pass defense and an ineffective running game, but the Chanticleers still hold considerable advantages entering this matchup. The main advantage is Coastal Carolina’s imposing defensive line against Buffalo’s front five, and that edge could create plenty of turnover opportunities for a team which ranks top 10 in turnover margin thus far.

On the other side of the ball, McCall’s dual-threat tendencies may present a major issue for a Buffalo team which hasn’t contained either the air or ground with much success — ranking below 100th in both categories. With Coastal Carolina’s stars like McCall and Stewart playing significant factors, this year’s contest looks bound to be more lopsided than the 2021 showdown in Buffalo, and the Chanticleers will prepare an elaborate postgame locker room celebration en route to 3-0.

Prediction: Coastal Carolina 38, Buffalo 14

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