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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 Fingerville, 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 Fingerville, 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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Man Said ‘Witches’ Told Him to Throw ‘Pitbull-type Canine’ Off of a Bridge in South Carolina, Authorities Say

A dog is alive but “clearly” shaken up after a man allegedly threw the canine off a bridge to fall dozens of feet — twice.Authorities in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, identified the defendant as Shannon Lee Cantrell, 43, and allege that he committed the offense in plain view.“On Monday, October 3, 2022, Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Officers responded to a call of someone tossing a dog from a bridge located on Highway 11 in the Fingerville area of Spartanburg County,...

A dog is alive but “clearly” shaken up after a man allegedly threw the canine off a bridge to fall dozens of feet — twice.

Authorities in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, identified the defendant as Shannon Lee Cantrell, 43, and allege that he committed the offense in plain view.

“On Monday, October 3, 2022, Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Officers responded to a call of someone tossing a dog from a bridge located on Highway 11 in the Fingerville area of Spartanburg County,” the county wrote.

Officers said they spoke with a witness at the site and searched the area below the bridge. They claimed to find Cantrell putting the dog in a chokehold.

“Officers removed the male, brown-and-white pitbull-type canine,” authorities said. “Cantrell stated that ‘witches’ told him to throw the dog from the bridge. The dog was thrown twice. Cantrell told officers that he was the owner of the canine and released ownership to Spartanburg County.”

Officers said they measured the distance from the bridge to the ground. It was 34 feet, authorities said.

The 1-year-old dog was wet from being in the water below, but did not have any visible injuries, police said.

“However, the canine was clearly shaken by the incident and was transported to Greenville County Animal Care for assessment,” authorities said.

The county said Environmental Enforcement got an arrest warrant under the law for ill treatment of animals — state statute 47-1-40 (B):

(B) A person who tortures, torments, needlessly mutilates, cruelly kills, or inflicts excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering upon an animal or by omission or commission causes these acts to be done, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be punished by imprisonment of not less than one hundred eighty days and not to exceed five years and by a fine of five thousand dollars.

Cantrell was taken to the Spartanburg County Detention Center, where he remains locked up under a $5,000 bond. He faces a count of animal cruelty.

[Images via Spartanburg County]

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Here's what was found in seven Spartanburg area public drinking water systems

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, issued its 2021 Tap Water Database that shows what contaminants are commonly detected in trace amounts in public drinking water sources nationwide and in South Carolina.Here is a brief look at each of the seven water systems in Spartanburg County and what Environmental Working Group found from April 2019 to March 2021. A link is available explaining...

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, issued its 2021 Tap Water Database that shows what contaminants are commonly detected in trace amounts in public drinking water sources nationwide and in South Carolina.

Here is a brief look at each of the seven water systems in Spartanburg County and what Environmental Working Group found from April 2019 to March 2021. A link is available explaining the contaminants for each system.

? Inman Campobello, Inman, serves: 33,176; no violations; 19 contaminants detected; 16 at trace levels with no federal standard. Three below legal limits were Haloacetic acids (HAA5), 29.8 ppb, legal limit, 60 ppb; Total Trihalomethanes, 39.8 ppb, legal limit, 80 ppb; Chromium, 0.226 ppb, legal limit 100 ppb.

From April 2019 to March 2021, Inman Campobello WD complied with health-based drinking water standards. No violations.

See report: Inman Campobello WD

? LCF Water District (Liberty-Chesnee-Fingerville), Chesnee, serves: 16,971; 19 contaminants detected, 14 at trace levels with no federal standard. Five below legal limits were Haloacetic acids (HAA5), 20 ppb, legal limit 60 ppb; Total trihalomethanes, 22.1 ppb, 80 ppb legal limit; Chromium (total), 0.313 ppb, legal limit 100 ppb; Fluoride, 0.695 ppm, legal limit, 4 ppm., Nitrate, 0.0265 ppm, legal limit, 10 ppm.

From April 2019 to March 2021, LCF Water District complied with health-based drinking water standards. No violations.

See report: CF Water District, Chesnee

? Metro Subdistrict B, Spartanburg, serves 1,849; 18 contaminants detected, 13 at trace levels with no federal standard. Five below legal limit were Haloacetic acids (HAA5), 20.6 ppb, legal limit 60 ppb; Total trihalomethanes, 22.1 ppb, legal limit 80 ppb; Chromium (total), 0.0929 ppb, legal limit, 100 ppb; Fluoride, 0.695 ppm, legal limit, 4 ppm; Nitrate, 0.0265 ppm, legal limit, 10 ppm.

From April 2019 to March 2021, Metro Subdistrict B complied with health-based drinking water standards. No violations.

See report: Metro Subdistrict B, Spartanburg

? SJWD Middle Tyger WTP, Lyman, serves 60,592; 16 contaminants detected, 11 at trace levels with no federal standard. Five below legal limit were Haloacetic acids (HAA5), 25.6 ppb, legal limit, 60 ppb; Nitrate, 0.298 ppm, legal limit, 10 ppm; Total trihalomethanes, 43.9 ppb, legal limit, 80 ppb; Chromium (total), 0.166 ppb, legal limit, 100 ppb; Fluoride, 0.146 ppm, legal limit, 4 ppm.

From April 2019 to March 2021, SJWD Middle Tyger WTP complied with health-based drinking water standards. No violations.

See report: SJWD Middle Tyger WTP, Lyman

? Spartanburg Water System, Spartanburg, 142,671 people served; 18 contaminants detected, 14 at trace levels with no federal standard; four below legal limit, Haloacetic acids (HAA5), 22.1 ppb, legal limit, 60 ppb; Total trihalomethanes, 35.0 ppb, legal limit, 80 ppb; Chromium (total), 0.0929 ppb, legal limit, 100 ppb; Nitrate, 0.0265 ppm, legal limit, 10 ppm.

From April 2019 to March 2021, Spartanburg Water System complied with health-based drinking water standards. One violation. In August 2020 there was one occasion when levels of pH in two different distribution sites fell slightly below the optimal range, as determined by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

See report:Spartanburg Water System

? SWS-Landrum Water Treatment Plant, Spartanburg, serves 4,269; 12 contaminants detected, 7 at trace levels with no federal standard; Five below legal limit, Haloacetic acids, 26.3 ppb, legal limit, 60 ppb; Total trihalomethanes, 32.6 ppb, legal limit, 80 ppb; Ethylbenzene, 0.0474 ppb, legal limit, 700 ppb; Xylenes, 0.428 ppb, legal limit, 10,000 ppb; Nitrate, 0.0983 ppm, legal limit, 10 ppm.

From April 2019 to March 2021, SWS-Landrum Water Treatment Plant complied with health-based drinking water standards. No violations.

See report:Sws-landrum Water Treatment Plant, Landrum

? Woodruff Roebuck WD, Woodruff, serves 25,923, 25 contaminants detected, 19 at trace levels with no federal standard; six below legal limit, Haloacetic acids (HAA5), 28.1 ppb, legal limit, 60 ppb; Nitrate, 0.613 ppm, legal limit, 10 ppm; Nitrate and nitrite, 0.460 ppm, legal limit, 10 ppm; Total trihalomethanes, 56.4 ppb, legal limit, 80 ppb; Chromium, 0.161 ppb, legal limit, 100 ppb; Fluoride, 0.508 ppm, legal limit, 4 ppm.

From April 2019 to March 2021, Woodruff Roebuck WD complied with health-based drinking water standards.

See report:Woodruff Roebuck WD

Contact Bob Montgomery at bob.montgomery@shj.com

Landrum Wanderings: Remembering summer fun at Rainbow Lake

The days are sunny, the temperatures mild, it’s the time of year when I like to take a drive down some country roads. Today I’m headed down Rainbow Lake Road, leading out of Fingerville. I’ve learned that Rainbow Lake no longer exists, but I’m curious. I want to see if I can locate where this popular summer bathing and picnic spot once existed.I’ve done my research and learned that Rainbow Lake was created by the Spartanburg Water District and existed from 1929 until 1967. A trip to the ...

The days are sunny, the temperatures mild, it’s the time of year when I like to take a drive down some country roads. Today I’m headed down Rainbow Lake Road, leading out of Fingerville. I’ve learned that Rainbow Lake no longer exists, but I’m curious. I want to see if I can locate where this popular summer bathing and picnic spot once existed.

I’ve done my research and learned that Rainbow Lake was created by the Spartanburg Water District and existed from 1929 until 1967. A trip to the Spartanburg Historical Society gave me background information. Ron Swain at the museum dug out a wonderful print by Mike Turnage entitled “Summer’s Call” depicting a busy day at the lake.

I drive out Route 11, turning right at the sign that reads “Rainbow Lake Road.” The first time I saw this sign I envisioned a pretty lake, perfect for fishing and small motorboats. I was saddened to learn that it had been drained. But if you are of a certain age, were a teenager in the late 50s or early 60s, you probably have some nostalgic memories of afternoons spent at Rainbow Lake.

When I Google Rainbow Lake on my computer, I discover videos, slide shows, and descriptions of fun times at the lake. In 2006, John Lane posted “I lived for the moment at the first of June when my mother finally said, ‘This weekend, Rainbow Lake is open.’ When that happened I knew I could stay out at the lake all day every Saturday and watch the teen boys do cannonballs and jackknives and suicide dives off the three-story concrete tower. The dive off the tower was a rite of passage I never achieved at Rainbow Lake. They closed the lake before it happened.”

The entry continues, “And if I didn’t want to swim or sit I could always eat French fries or drink a cherry Coke made with real syrup at the pavilion and wait 30 minutes and then go back in.”

A video shows teenage girls in two piece bathing suits, wading in the water, protecting their poufy hairdos from getting wet. The boys are showing off diving, a lifeguard patrols in a rowboat, sunbathers rub on sun tan lotion to help their skin absorb the sun, not block it. There’s a lot of smiling and splashing as the film plays out.

Most of the structures, bathhouses, rest rooms, pavilions, and rock walls were built by the CCC Camps of the 1920s. A video made in 2008, when some former Rainbow Lake regulars had an opportunity to revisit the grounds, shows these old stone structures along with the large field that was once a lake. I was hoping to locate this field on my drive and discover whether these structures still existed, but the location eluded me.

I pass Rainbow Lake Middle School and cross the bridge over the wide, rapidly flowing Pacolet River. I surmise that perhaps the river had been the water source for the lake. Heading back towards Fingerville, I turn off on a narrow road, crossing a creek. I’m surprised by some large candy canes leading to the entrance of a Christmas tree farm called Christmas Hill. I’ll tuck this place away for a possible story next Christmas. The signs along the road indicate it’s a popular place to find the perfect Christmas tree. The road dead ends so I retrace my route and head back to the main road.

Continuing my journey back on Route 11, I decide to stop for strawberries at Geary Jolley Farms fruit stand, The Peach Basket. I select a pint of red, luscious looking berries and proceed to the counter where Robert McKinney rings up the sale. I decide to probe a little and find out if Robert has memories of Rainbow Lake. He smiles, “Rainbow Lake was a part of growing up. They had a wading area for little kids. The bottom of the lake was all sand, the water was clear and not at all muddy. Beach music played all the time and you could buy hotdogs. It was a lot of fun.”

I inquire about the structures that I saw in the video and he describes a pavilion that is still in use. “They enclosed a pavilion and now you can rent it. My family rented it every Christmas. We’d put up a Christmas tree and have a feast there. It has a kitchen, tables and chairs, and a big gas burning fireplace. You rent it from Spartanburg Water and it’s used all the time for weddings, reunions, and family gatherings. We would call January 1 to reserve it for the next Christmas,” he laughs.

I read online about an effort in 2001 to revive the old lake. Shelia Bailey spearheaded a plan to redevelop Rainbow Lake. The entry online reads, “After listening to a friend reminisce about the old lake, she decided to drive to the property and have a look around. Bailey saw a grassy field, but she ‘could hear the kids playing and just felt this awesome place.’ Rainbow Lake became a mission for Bailey. Council members, however, were reluctant to bite.”

As I depart with my strawberries, music from an old Cowsills song, “Indian Lake,” written by Tony Romeo, plays in my mind. If I substitute the words, “Rainbow Lake,” I’m sure it describes this South Carolina, summer fun spot.

The air is fine with the sweet smelling pine

And the countryside’s pretty,

Indian Lake, is a scene you should make, with your little one,

Keep it in mind if you’re looking to find, a place in the summer sun,

Swim in the cove, have a snack in the grove,

Or you can rent a canoe

At Indian Lake

To quote John Lane again, “Losing Rainbow Lake was like losing a little of our soul. There’s something about swimming in lake water that’s never been replaced for me.”

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