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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 Daniel Island, 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 Daniel Island, 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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US Junior Amateur Qualifying - Daniel Island

CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 5, 2023) -- Final results from U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifying at Daniel Island’s Beresford Course in Charleston, S.C. on Monday, June 5, 2023. (6,970 yards, par 72).Four qualifying spots and two alternate spots were available at this qualifying site.Alex Long of Lakewood Ranch, Florida won medalist honors with a round of three-under-par 69. Colin Salema of Matthews, N.C. shot two-under-par 70 and Rowan Sullivan of Charleston, S.C. and Davis ...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 5, 2023) -- Final results from U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifying at Daniel Island’s Beresford Course in Charleston, S.C. on Monday, June 5, 2023. (6,970 yards, par 72).

Four qualifying spots and two alternate spots were available at this qualifying site.

Alex Long of Lakewood Ranch, Florida won medalist honors with a round of three-under-par 69. Colin Salema of Matthews, N.C. shot two-under-par 70 and Rowan Sullivan of Charleston, S.C. and Davis Neal of North Augusta, S.C. shot one-under-par 71 to claim the four qualifying spots. Four players finished at even-par 72 and were in a playoff to determine the alternate positions. William Jennings of Greenville, S.C. will be the first alternate and Garret Fader of Hilton Head, S.C. will be the second alternate.

The qualifiers will advance to play in the championship at Daniel Island from July 24-29.

Hole-by-hole scoring can be viewed here.

US Junior Amateur Qualifying Results

Daniel Island Club (Beresford), Charleston, S.C.

June 5, 2023

Pos.

Player

Hometown

To Par

Total Score

Details

1

Alex Long

Lakewood Ranch, Florida

-3

69

2

Colin Salema

Matthews, North Carolina

-2

70

T3

Rowan Sullivan

Charleston, South Carolina

-1

71

T3

Davis Neal

North Augusta, South Carolina

-1

71

The following players did not make the cut

CUT

William Jennings

Greenville, South Carolina

E

72

First Alternate

CUT

Garret Fader

Hilton Head, South Carolina

E

72

Second Alternate

CUT

Harris Holstein

Orangeburg, South Carolina

E

72

CUT

Sage Bradshaw

Bluffton, South Carolina

E

72

CUT

Hugh Lemonds Jr.

Spartanburg, South Carolina

1

73

CUT

Hamilton Coleman

Martinez, Georgia

1

73

CUT

Ian Kim

Sydney

2

74

CUT

Matthew Teegardin

Charleston, South Carolina

2

74

CUT

Daniel Donato

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

4

76

CUT

Dylan Ma

Jacksonville, Florida

9

81

CUT

Joshua Setiadi

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

13

85

CUT

Maximilian Devito

Summerville, South Carolina

17

89

More development coming to CFR area

This week there are several developments coming before the various City of Charleston boards and committees. Below are those items as well as results, if any, from the prior week’s items specific to Daniel Island and the Cainhoy area. More detailed agendas and results can be found at charleston-sc.gov/agendacenter.June 29: Del Webb Entrance Road – Road construction plans for a new road for future residential subdivision at 1236 Clements Ferry Road.June 29: Point Hope Parkway North Phase 1 – Two items: Prelimin...

This week there are several developments coming before the various City of Charleston boards and committees. Below are those items as well as results, if any, from the prior week’s items specific to Daniel Island and the Cainhoy area. More detailed agendas and results can be found at charleston-sc.gov/agendacenter.

June 29: Del Webb Entrance Road – Road construction plans for a new road for future residential subdivision at 1236 Clements Ferry Road.

June 29: Point Hope Parkway North Phase 1 – Two items: Preliminary plat and road construction plans for 26.5 acres at 1698 Clements Ferry Road.

June 22: Mankiewicz Expansion Phase 1 – Site Plan for 16.06 acres at 1024 Clements Crest Lane, Cainhoy. Addition of a warehouse building and logistics building and the filling of a pond on site. Results: Revise and resubmit to TRC.

June 22: The Waterfront Phase 3 - Site Plan for 41 units on 2.2 acres at 610 Waterman St. involving three buildings, parking lots and utilities. Results: Open pending delivery of comments from Zoning and Stormwater Management.

June 22: Woodfield Point Hope 3 – Site Plan for 24.9 acres at 1260 Clements Ferry Road for early site work including tree removal and rough grading. Results: Revise and resubmit to TRC.

Berkeley Co. Bd. of Education meets the first and third Monday of each month. Executive Committee meets at 5:30 p.m.; meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Berkeley Co. Council meets fourth Mon. of each month, 6 p.m., Berkeley County Admin. Blg., 1003 Hwy 52, Moncks Corner.

City of Charleston Council typically meets the second and fourth Tues. of each month, 5 p.m., City Hall, 80 Broad Street, Charleston, SC and/or virtually via Conference Call #1-929-205-6099; Access Code: 912 096 416. Exceptions: Summer Schedule - 3rd Tues. of June, July, and August; December meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tues. Dates and locations subject to change.

City of Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals – Site Design meets the 1st Wed. of each month at 5 p.m. via Zoom.

City of Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals – Zoning meets the 1st and 3rd Tues. of each month at 5:15 p.m., except for January and July when no meeting is held on the 1st Tues.

City of Charleston Design Review Board meets the 1st and 3rd Mon. of every month at 4:30 p.m.

City of Charleston Planning Commission meets the 3rd Wed. of every month at 5 p.m.

City of Charleston Board of Architectural Review – Large projects meets the 2nd and 4th Wed. of every month at 4:30 p.m.

City of Charleston Board of Architectural Review – Small projects meets the 2nd and 4th Thurs. of every month at 4:30 p.m.

Daniel Island bridge replacement could include widening, pedestrian access

DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - The city of Charleston will be voting Monday and Tuesday night on the approval of a $2 million replacement bridge on Daniel Island.The Beresford Creek Bridge is one of the only two ways to get onto Daniel Island, but officials say the bridge is in need of demolition and replacement after years of use.The final approval of the project from the city council would include adding a pedestrian and bike lane since the current bridge is very narrow.Charleston City Councilman Boyd Gregg has been push...

DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - The city of Charleston will be voting Monday and Tuesday night on the approval of a $2 million replacement bridge on Daniel Island.

The Beresford Creek Bridge is one of the only two ways to get onto Daniel Island, but officials say the bridge is in need of demolition and replacement after years of use.

The final approval of the project from the city council would include adding a pedestrian and bike lane since the current bridge is very narrow.

Charleston City Councilman Boyd Gregg has been pushing for approval of the project to reduce dangerous traffic conditions on the bridge.

“More than anything, right now, I’d say pedestrian access,” Gregg says. “There’s not a really safe path for pedestrians cross or bikers to cross; the new bridge will have much improved pedestrian access.”

The bridge experienced damage to its infrastructure about three years ago, forcing load limits on the bridge for heavy trucks.

More recently, fire vehicles and ambulances are no longer to access the island from the bridge due to its current condition.

City of Charleston Director of Public Service Tom O’Brien says the bridge was built in the 90s, and it used to be the only way to access Daniel Island before Interstate 526 provided another entry point.

“Obviously with all the development with the homes and the town center, traffic has increased,” O’Brien says. “The bridge we will be replacing it with will be a very solid bridge and will provide great access for the people.”

Daniel Island is also working on another project to build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Nowell Creek.

“I think it shows the city’s commitment to provide these passages and safe ways to allow for pedestrians and bicycles to use the city,” O’Brien says.

Both O’Brien and Gregg are pushing for the project to finish before the next school year.

“There’s a significant amount of school traffic on this road, particularly for those traveling up with Phillip Simmons High School,” Gregg says. “We really wanted to try to get this done as much as we could during the summer to try to alleviate some of that school traffic and take advantage of school being out.”

In efforts to address traffic concerns, the city will be holding a meeting in the next month to explain the entire construction process and answer questions from nearby homeowners.

The project will be voted on at Monday night’s Public Works and Utilities Commission meeting and Tuesday’s city council meeting.

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Charleston supermarket slated to be demolished and rebuilt bigger

Itching to expand for several years, Daniel Island’s only supermarket will be demolished to make way for a larger store.Publix plans to demolish its longtime store on Seven Farms Drive and build a 50,472-square-foot store and pocket park in its place in the same ...

Itching to expand for several years, Daniel Island’s only supermarket will be demolished to make way for a larger store.

Publix plans to demolish its longtime store on Seven Farms Drive and build a 50,472-square-foot store and pocket park in its place in the same location, according to plans presented to the city of Charleston.

The new location will likely include a few new offerings that will be announced later, company spokesman Jared Glover said.

Plans to expand the existing 29,618-square-foot supermarket have been in the works since 2017, but the expansion never materialized after the city asked the grocer to include windows, tweak its facade and come back with more renderings.

The Florida-based grocer maintained the inclusion of real windows interfered with freezer space, displays and storage. The company withdrew its expansion plans in 2019 and submitted a new proposal for a larger store the following year.

The new design, which includes demolition of the existing building, has been working its way through various government approvals and is now ready to move forward with permitting.

Glover pointed out construction is more than 18 months away. That pushes initial development into 2025, and he said it will take another 12-18 months to build the store.

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“We don’t want to set a date because anything can happen,” he said.

Glover said the company will announce further details on how the construction phase will affect customers and where they will shop before development gets underway.

“We want people to get excited about the new store and not be worrying about where they will buy their groceries,” he said.

The store, which Publix opened in 2002, is the only supermarket allowed on Daniel Island under an agreement with the developer of the master-planned community.

The nearest option for shoppers is across the Wando River — a Harris Teeter five miles away on Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant. Publix has another store about 7 miles north in the Point Hope development off Clements Ferry Road.

The supermarket chain bought the 5-acre Daniel Island Town Center property where the store operates in 2016 for $13.83 million, according to Berkeley County land records. The company also bought the neighboring undeveloped 1.23-acre parcel on Island Park Drive the same year for $900,000.

Publix operates 16 stores in the Charleston area. Two others are in the works for Carnes Crossroads in Goose Creek and Nexton near Summerville. Another has long been planned for the Summers Corner development south of Summerville.

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Dozens of Daniel Island neighbors speak out on proposed tree removals

DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – One agenda item for the City of Charleston’s Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on Wednesday received pushback from many people who live on Daniel Island.A proposed 30-unit townhome community is slated for a tract of land off Fairchild Street near the I-526 on-ramp, according to the meeting agenda and Eric Schultz, a Principal Planner for the City of Charleston.“The primary concern is the location. Were this somewhere else, I think it might have received less attention, but its right ...

DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – One agenda item for the City of Charleston’s Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on Wednesday received pushback from many people who live on Daniel Island.

A proposed 30-unit townhome community is slated for a tract of land off Fairchild Street near the I-526 on-ramp, according to the meeting agenda and Eric Schultz, a Principal Planner for the City of Charleston.

“The primary concern is the location. Were this somewhere else, I think it might have received less attention, but its right at the front door to Daniel Island. And this is the most, the highest volume entrance to our island. So, everybody who gets on or gets off is going to see what happens on this parcel,” said Tory Sullivan, the Land Use and Development Committee Chair for the Daniel Island Neighborhood Association.

On Wednesday, the BZA was scheduled to hear a request for variances from the Tree Protection Ordinance. However, the applicant requested a deferral at the start of the meeting, and it passed.

The changes would allow the removal of 11 grand trees and construction to occur closer to the base of seven grand trees.

“That involves sidewalks, fill material, trenching, driveways, buildings, whatever’s like impervious construction, we have certain regulations that dictates how far away from the base of the tree you have to be,” explained Schultz.

The original request received 162 public comments, mostly all in opposition. Many of the people not only expressed concerns about the protected trees, but the rest of them on the tract as well.

Sullivan said the trees serve as a barrier to 526.

“We’re right on the gateway to Long Point and the Wando Welch cargo terminal. So, we have big rigs and trucks all day every single day, so this is a really key spot for that,” Sullivan told News 2. “In addition, around us is a bunch of Lowcountry marshland and maritime forest. It’s surrounded by that so these trees, you know, from resiliency purposes and otherwise are really important.”

According to Sullivan, the project received over 300 comments when it was on the BZA’s agenda a few months ago.

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