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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 Duncan, 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 Duncan, SC, can answer those questions and make alimony easier to understand and approach.

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Family Law Attorney Duncan, SC

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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Bear spotted walking in front yard at Duncan home

DUNCAN, S.C. (WSPA) – A homeowner in Duncan said that security video footage caught a bear walking along his driveway and the front yard of his home.The bear was walking at a home located along Holly Drive in Duncan on Monday night around 8:25 p.m.Multiple black bears have recently been spotted in Spartanburg County, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).Copyright 2023 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed...

DUNCAN, S.C. (WSPA) – A homeowner in Duncan said that security video footage caught a bear walking along his driveway and the front yard of his home.

The bear was walking at a home located along Holly Drive in Duncan on Monday night around 8:25 p.m.

Multiple black bears have recently been spotted in Spartanburg County, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).

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Luxury medical spa now open in Duncan is a family affair

DUNCAN — When clients walk through the door of Joey Simpson’s Refined Skin and Body medical spa, she wants them to feel like family.While Simpson does much of the spa’s injectable aesthetics, her husband serves as the medical director and provider, and her mother serves as the patient coordinator for her business.Since Simpson’s family is helping her live out one of her dreams, her goal is for her clients to also feel like they’re a part of a family atmosphere when they come in for services....

DUNCAN — When clients walk through the door of Joey Simpson’s Refined Skin and Body medical spa, she wants them to feel like family.

While Simpson does much of the spa’s injectable aesthetics, her husband serves as the medical director and provider, and her mother serves as the patient coordinator for her business.

Since Simpson’s family is helping her live out one of her dreams, her goal is for her clients to also feel like they’re a part of a family atmosphere when they come in for services.

After having over 20 years of experience in nursing, pharmaceutical sales and managing medical clinics with her husband, Simpson decided to venture into the aesthetics side of the medical field. She opened Refined Skin & Body in Duncan in late January to pursue a passion and to open a business that offered services she felt her community was lacking.

“It’s been a journey, but it’s been really fun,” Simpson said.

The medical spa on East Main Street offers some of the same services as a non-medical spa in addition to services that are supervised by an on-site medical doctor through the use of technology, products and tools that aren’t used at a non-medical spa.

Simpson said the business aspect of opening the spa wasn’t difficult, but the aesthetics side was more challenging.

Over the past year, she and her husband went to training sessions, spoke with medical professionals in aesthetics and received certifications in devices and procedures that cover aesthetics.

“We’ve tried to make it very encompassing in aesthetics and weight loss altogether so that if someone came here for a regular facial and had other areas they wanted to address, it can all be done under one roof,” she said.

Some of the services offered at the medical spa are microneedling with radiofrequency, neurotoxin injections, fillers, skin resurfacing with CO2 machines, body contouring, IV therapy, laser hair removal and medical-grade peels.

The spa has CO2 fractionated laser machines that cause resurfacing of the skin for better tightening and help with acne scarring, discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles.

Customers can get microneedling with radiofrequency as well through 24-karat coated needles that go into the skin and emit radiofrequency that can kill fat cells underneath the skin layer and produce results of skin tightening and stimulate the body to produce more collagen.

Simpson said the business’s weight loss program is popular.

Once a client gets to their ideal weight, they can look into body contouring services. For the weight loss program, semaglutide, an FDA-approved injectable weight loss medication is used. Clients also receive education on ways to implement good lifestyle choices and eating habits into their daily routines.

Customers can get medical-grade products from ZO Skin Health and SkinCeuticals.

The spa is 3,800 square feet and has five occupied treatment rooms.

In addition to a physician and someone who does injections, Simpson has an esthetician that focuses on makeup and facials and a medical esthetician who specializes in machines on her staff.

Simpson said as her business grows, she plans to look for a massage therapist and someone who does permanent makeup.

Spartanburg’s Duncan Park to celebrate 100th anniversary

SPARTANBURG — Family bike rides, live music and kickball will be part of Duncan Park’s 100th anniversary celebration held this weekend in Spartanburg.The celebration event begins at 2 p.m. on Oct. 29 at 1000 Duncan Park Drive.The park was gifted to the city on Feb. 29, 1923, by heirs of Maj. David R. Duncan. Duncan was an attorney and businessman in the city. For more than 100 years, the 300-acre park has been a popular destination on the city’s southside.As the park celebrates its past, the park’...

SPARTANBURG — Family bike rides, live music and kickball will be part of Duncan Park’s 100th anniversary celebration held this weekend in Spartanburg.

The celebration event begins at 2 p.m. on Oct. 29 at 1000 Duncan Park Drive.

The park was gifted to the city on Feb. 29, 1923, by heirs of Maj. David R. Duncan. Duncan was an attorney and businessman in the city. For more than 100 years, the 300-acre park has been a popular destination on the city’s southside.

As the park celebrates its past, the park’s future is also being shaped by a Duncan Park Visioning Plan developed with help from the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. Spartanburg County nonprofit Play. Advocate. Live Well! is also helping with the park’s plan for future upgrades.

“Though it is the city’s largest park, Duncan Park has for many years has been underutilized asset for our community,” City Communications Manager Christopher George said. “Through these trail enhancements ad other improvements, we hope to provide folks new opportunities to engage with this beautiful and serene public space and to better connect it with nearby amenities along the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail.”

The city’s plan includes upgrades to the existing trail, new paved trails, a new trail around the lake, pickleball courts, shelters and new bathrooms. A Friends of Duncan Park group is working with organizers also to help guide redevelopment of the park.

City Council agreed Oct. 9 to spend $157,875 to remove invasive plant species from the park’s 60 wooded acres. George said the city will add 2,300-square-feet of new asphalt trail and resurface 3,600-square-feet of existing trail at the park. The cost for these projects will be about $230,000. The youth athletic fields at the park will be improved, including the restroom and concession areas. These improvements to the fields will be funded partially by private contributions.

The park’s upgrades will be done in phases. The first projects include building a dock at the lake which is accessible to people with disabilities and a storage unit for kayaks. Invasive plants will be removed from the park’s trail system this fall.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources plans to do a fish count at the lake in the fall as well. A 14-acre lake centers the park. New programming will be developed to also draw more people to the park.

Kim Moultrie, City Parks and Recreation Director, said work continues to prepare the 100th anniversary celebration. Tours of the baseball stadium built at the park in 1926 will also be included in the anniversary event.

“Hosted by the Friends of Duncan Park, this community celebration will honor the rich history of the park and highlight future plans,” Moultrie said. “Activities include music in the park by Undercover Jazz, food trucks and information booths in the amphitheater.”

Suspect admits to being “high on coke,” complained of pain after Oct. 21 pursuit

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) released Tuesday new dash camera video from an Oct. 21 pursuit involving Rashard Duncan in the Hollywood-Ravenel area.The video shows the suspect reaching high speeds and even driving on the wrong side of the highway, eventually ending in a mobile home community where a foot chase ensued.After Duncan’s arrest and apparent assault by another deputy, the dash camera video – which comes from Charleston County Deputy Alexander Hod...

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) released Tuesday new dash camera video from an Oct. 21 pursuit involving Rashard Duncan in the Hollywood-Ravenel area.

The video shows the suspect reaching high speeds and even driving on the wrong side of the highway, eventually ending in a mobile home community where a foot chase ensued.

After Duncan’s arrest and apparent assault by another deputy, the dash camera video – which comes from Charleston County Deputy Alexander Hodge’s patrol vehicle – picked up a conversation with the suspect, believed to be Duncan, while being detained and awaiting EMS to be checked out.

The suspect can be heard admitting to being high after “having some coke” and stating that he wanted to see how fast his rental could go.

He also complained of pain on the side of his face. Duncan was punched several times with a closed fist by another Charleston County deputy – James Carter – following the pursuit.

The deputy is heard asking the suspect about his movements before being assaulted by the deputy. The suspect replied saying he was just pulling up his pants and was not reaching for a gun at the time.

Video released on Monday shows Duncan with his pants slightly down at points during the assault and arrest.

Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano said she believes it is important for the public to see the events that led to the encounter between Deputy Carter and Duncan after releasing the second video.

“Our deputies face uncertain circumstances daily in their efforts to keep the community safe. I am thankful for their commitment, and we are fortunate no one was injured during the course of this incident,” she said.

Attorneys representing Deputy James Carter said the suspect reached speeds of over 100 mph during the chase and discarded items from the window while traveling on Highway 17.

Duncan was charged at the time with resisting arrest, failure to stop for blue lights, reckless driving, and various drug charges.

The sheriff’s office said it found no policy violation against Deputy Hodge during an internal review of the pursuit.

Carter was terminated from the sheriff’s office and later charged by the State Law Enforcement Divison with misconduct in office and third-degree assault and battery. He was released the same day.

President of company AFL, based in South Carolina, has been suspended

DUNCAN, S.C. —The president of AFL, a company based in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, has been suspended.Jody Gallagher was the president and CEO of AFL, a company based in Duncan.The company told WYFF News 4 in an email that Gallagher was suspended pending an internal investigation.The email said Jaxon Lang had been named acting CEO."No other comments are available at this time," the email from AFL said....

DUNCAN, S.C. —

The president of AFL, a company based in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, has been suspended.

Jody Gallagher was the president and CEO of AFL, a company based in Duncan.

The company told WYFF News 4 in an email that Gallagher was suspended pending an internal investigation.

The email said Jaxon Lang had been named acting CEO.

"No other comments are available at this time," the email from AFL said.

The AFL website says Gallagher has served as President and CEO of AFL since 2003.

The website says the company is "an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise, hyperscale and industrial markets."

The website says the company has 7,000 employees worldwide.

According to the company website, Gallagher has been a member of the board of directors for AFL’s parent company, Fujikura, headquartered in Tokyo.

The website says, "Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan."

A news release from Fujikura posted on May 26, 2023, said there was an investigation related to "an improper real estate acquisition at a U.S. Subsidiary," after a whistleblowing complaint on May 3, 2023.

The release said in part:

"Based on a whistleblowing complaint made on March 3, 2023, we were made aware of suspicious activities regarding the personal misappropriation of real property owned by one of our US subsidiaries by a director of the Company, who is the CEO of such subsidiary, and launched an internal investigation immediately thereafter. Our investigation is still continuing at this moment, however, to date, it has uncovered that an improper acquisition was made with respect to land purchased in 2020 and a building built in 2022 by such subsidiary (the total value of such land and building at the time of acquisition amounts to approximately 6.5 million US dollars (equivalent to 847 million Japanese yen)). Further, our investigation to date has uncovered that the said officer disguised the purpose for acquiring the land and building to make such subsidiary acquire such property and that said officer used such property for a certain period for its personal purpose. The said officer has been suspended from the US subsidiary and the Company."

The company has not said whether this investigation lead to Gallagher being suspended.

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