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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 Chesnee, 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 Chesnee, 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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Chesnee High School students hold vigil

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CHESNEE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Students, families, and staff from Chesnee High School came together for a vigil on Saturday night. It took place at 7:00pm in the bus loop of the school.

They lit candles and said prayers for the families affected by what the school’s principal calls a “terrible tragedy” that happened on Friday.

At the vigil, Dustin Sitton said, “Well, I just wanted to show you know support and love once again to the families and to show that we’re here if anything happens. If they need any like comfort we’re always here.”

On Friday, Chesnee High School Principal, Eric Gerstenacker sent a message to families. Part of it says, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share this communication. A short while ago, a terrible tragedy struck our community…”

The principal went on to say that the football game originally scheduled for Friday, September 29, has been postponed.

At this time, the school is not releasing any additional information about the tragedy.

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South Carolina community comes together after tragic crash kills 3 of their own

CHESNEE, S.C. —The community of Chesnee was struck by tragedy after a deadly crash killed three people and seriously injured a driver Friday.Anyone you speak to in Chesnee will tell you they are a small town with big hearts.This idea was no different Monday, as people across the community came together not only to watch a football game but to remember their own."...

CHESNEE, S.C. —

The community of Chesnee was struck by tragedy after a deadly crash killed three people and seriously injured a driver Friday.

Anyone you speak to in Chesnee will tell you they are a small town with big hearts.

This idea was no different Monday, as people across the community came together not only to watch a football game but to remember their own.

"It's been very sentimental but everyone has been very sad. Everyone has been in a very somber mood throughout the whole school," Student Camila Tiley said.

"Just everyone in general. Whether you have a student in school or you don't. They whole community has been affected," Community member Shana McDonald said.

First responder, Juan Gomez and his partner, tried to do all they could Friday afternoon as he looked back on the day.

"We pulled up on scene and I can see was a big ball of fire in the wood. The first thing that kicked in me was job to do what we have to do," Gomez said, "It's been hard these several days."

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Students said the first day back in school since the incident was hard. However many felt the support of the community.

"It’s definitely a close community. I didn't grow up here. I actually moved here my sophomore year and I moved from different schools and stuff and I can see how close this community is," Tiley said.

The field was filled with yellow and black ribbons. There was also a banner of support given by Landrum students. Emotions were strong. Support was strong. The community was Chesnee strong.

"Chesnee is family. Whether you grew up here or you moved here and been here for a little while, Chesnee has always been family," McDonald said.

Many say they are sending their thoughts and prayers to the families affected and more than $1,700 were donated to support them during this difficult time.

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Spartanburg area's top high school fall sports performers: Chesnee golf stars shine again

The South Carolina high school fall sports season is in full swing. Here are the area's top performers for this week's athletic events featuring schools from Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties.MondayGirls GolfAddy Parker, Chesnee: At the Lady Patriot Invitational, Parker finished tied for the third, with a score of 74, to help Chesnee win the tournament with a score of 315. The Eagles continue to dominate on their way to ...

The South Carolina high school fall sports season is in full swing. Here are the area's top performers for this week's athletic events featuring schools from Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties.

Monday

Girls Golf

Addy Parker, Chesnee: At the Lady Patriot Invitational, Parker finished tied for the third, with a score of 74, to help Chesnee win the tournament with a score of 315. The Eagles continue to dominate on their way to defending their state championship.

Olivia Roberts, Chesnee: Roberts has again won a tournament's individual title, this time it comes after shooting a 71 at the Lady Patriot Invitational.

Girls Volleyball

Karson Browning, Boiling Springs: In two matches on Monday against Landrum and Spartanburg Christian — both of which the Bulldogs won, 2-0 and 2-1 respectively — Browning had seven kill blocks and 12 kills.

Grace Shepherd, Boiling Springs: Shepherd combined to have 21 assists, 14 kills, 11 digs and four aces in Boiling Springs' wins on Monday.

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Harley Grady, Chesnee: In a 2-3 loss to East Rutherford, Grady led the Eagles' back row with 23 digs, while adding two aces.

Pearl Holloway, Chesnee: Holloway continues her stellar season, adding 31 assists, 37 digs and 13 kills to her season totals.

Hayden Roberts, Chesnee: Roberts matched Holloway with 13 kills and added 27 digs.

Tuesday

Boys Swimming

Finn McEnroe, Spartanburg: In a meet against Pickens and Easley, McEnroe won four races, the individual 200 yard medley and the 50 yard freestyle. He was also part of the winning 200 yard medley relay and 200 yard freestyle relay team.

Paul Whisnant, Spartanburg: Whisnant won three events, including the 200 freestyle, 100 yard butterfly and was part of the 400 yard freestyle relay team.

Girls Swimming

Teagan McEnroe, Spartanburg: On the girls' side of Spartanburg's meet against Pickens and Easley, McEnroe won three events, the 200 freestyle, 100 yard backstroke, and was part of both the 200 freestyle relay team and 400 freestyle relay team.

Caroline Byers, Spartanburg: Byers won three races, the 100 butterfly and was part of both the 200 freestyle relay team and 400 freestyle relay team.

Girls Golf

Olivia Roberts, Chesnee: At the Jack Golf Tournament, Roberts led the Eagles to a second victory in two days, beating T.L. Hanna by two strokes. Roberts finished with the tournament's third-best score, 73.

Girls Volleyball

Ellie Anderson, Byrnes: In a 3-0 loss to Gaffney, Anderson led the Rebels with nine kills and six blocks.

Wednesday

Girls Tennis

Isabel Helms, Dorman: In the Cavaliers' 5-1 win over Boiling Springs, Helms swept the No. 1 match: 6-3, 6-1.

Hayden Lawson, Dorman: In the No. 2 match, Lawson also swept her opponent: 6-0, 6-1.

Marlie Punch, Dorman: Punch also swept in the No. 3 match: 6-1, 6-1.

Sam Albuquerque covers high school sports for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Please send top performer nominations and statistics to Salbuquerque@Gannett.com. Check back for updates, this story will be updated throughout the week.

Chesnee wrestling wins first state championship, dominating Buford for Class AA crown

Chesnee won its first state championship in wrestling Saturday with a dominant 39-19 decision against Buford in the Class AA high school finals in Columbia.It was the first time the Eagles had been to the title match since 2011.“We kind of surprised everybody that year. We were so new,” said Chesnee coach Jon Rentz, who started the program in the 2008. “Even back then, I told everybody that we had...

Chesnee won its first state championship in wrestling Saturday with a dominant 39-19 decision against Buford in the Class AA high school finals in Columbia.

It was the first time the Eagles had been to the title match since 2011.

“We kind of surprised everybody that year. We were so new,” said Chesnee coach Jon Rentz, who started the program in the 2008. “Even back then, I told everybody that we had a community that was made for wrestling. We had some tough kids who liked to work and hold themselves accountable. That’s what this team was all about.”

The Eagles (27-3) came in ranked No. 1 in the classification. They lost to eventual champion Liberty in last season’s playoffs but beat that team three times this season, including Wednesday in the Upper State final, 36-30.

“I was worried about having a match like that on Wednesday and turning around to have to wrestle again Saturday,” Rentz said. “Liberty is a great team. I wondered if we had enough gas in the tank. Our kids came back on Thursday and they were right back to the grind like nothing happened.”

Chesnee’s championship-clinching victory was in a match that didn’t even take place.

Buford had no wrestler at 106 pounds, so freshman Eli Barnill was given a forfeit win to mathematically eliminate the Yellow Jackets with three matches remaining. Chesnee junior Aiden Allen had just given the Eagles a commanding 30-15 lead with a major decision at 285.

Thad Gerstenacker, a sophomore who is ranked No. 1 at 138, won by pin to put Chesnee up early, 10-3. Senior Austin Bigford had a pin at 175 to make it 26-6.

Chesnee also got wins from sophomore Wyatt Hawk at 126 by major decision, sophomore Quinton Gerstenacker at 144, senior Malachi Hill at 150, senior Gunther Gerstenacker with a major decision at 166.

Hill had to face Mason Deese, the state’s fourth-ranked wrestler at 138 but moved up two weight categories, seemingly to avoid Thad Gerstecker and also twin brother Quinton, at 144.

“I think the biggest match today was Malachi Hill at 150,” Rentz said. “They pushed one of their best wrestlers to him and Malachi answered the challenge to win a decision (7-0). He was awesome today. It was fun to watch.”

Individual state championships, which include girls teams for the first time, will take place Feb. 23-24 in Anderson.

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