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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 Hardeeville, 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 Hardeeville, 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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Developer buys 2,600-acre Hardeeville property for millions. What are the plans?

Real estate experts often advise that buying property requires time and patience. The sale of this 2,600-acre Hardeeville property required over two decades of it. But not anymore.Hoyer Investment Company Land purchased the Morgan Tract along U.S. Route 278 for $36 million after local and national developers attempted to purchase it unsuccessfully for more than 25 years, according to a press release Monday. It was purchased directly from the Morgan family, who have...

Real estate experts often advise that buying property requires time and patience. The sale of this 2,600-acre Hardeeville property required over two decades of it. But not anymore.

Hoyer Investment Company Land purchased the Morgan Tract along U.S. Route 278 for $36 million after local and national developers attempted to purchase it unsuccessfully for more than 25 years, according to a press release Monday. It was purchased directly from the Morgan family, who have had the tract for over 100 years.

The land neighbors Latitude Margaritaville and is between U.S. Route 278 and Interstate 95. HIC Land plans to build homes, commercial spaces, amenities, parks, nature trails and sidewalks, according to the press release. It expects to break ground in 2024 and complete the project in 2044.

The tract’s development follows recent growth and development in Hardeeville, showing that homeowners aren’t just purchasing near the beach as developments pop up and pending sales stay high in areas farther from Hilton Head and the coast, like Okatie and Hardeeville. Housing and traffic impacts are unclear as the city and last owner created the most recent Planned Development District and Master Plan for the tract in 2006.

Those plans allow for 6,700 residential units and 969 acres of commercial and industrial use. In comparison, Latitude Margaritaville is able to develop up to 3,888 units. At that time, the city and developer also did environmental and cultural impact studies. The new owner is legally bound to the plan according to Hardeeville City Manager Michael Czymbor, but is in the process of proposing plan amendments to the city.

“Things have changed (since 2006),” he said. “The economy has changed, the development environment has changed.”

The city’s population increased 248% from 2,952 in 2020 to 10,283 in 2022, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Developments such as West Argent and Lattitude Margaritaville continue to add homes to the area. In 2022, Hardeeville had a record year for building and planning permits with 1,800 permits, according to their website.

Czymbor said the proposed amendments span from zoning, which shows where each of the uses is going to go, to the development agreement, which decides whether the city or the owner is responsible for public improvements and infrastructure. Czymbor predicts they’ll be submitted to the planning commission and then City Council for approval during the first quarter of next year.

He said traffic improvements will be an especially important piece of the amendments. The 2006 agreement contains millions of dollars in road improvements the developer would be responsible for.

“Two or three of the major tracks surrounding them are in various phases of development, which is going to necessitate significant improvements to the roads,” he said. “They’re going to have some obligations paying for traffic improvements as well.”

Czymbor declined to say what the actual proposed amendments were. He said there will be new environmental and cultural studies as part of the amendments.

HIC Land is a Charleston-based real estate investment company and land developer that focuses on land throughout the Southeastern U.S. This will be its first project in Jasper County, though many of its current projects are in South Carolina including Myrtle Beach and Berkeley County. It is are partnering with Texas-based builder D.R. Horton to develop the land.

HIC Land representatives weren’t immediately available for comment.

This story was originally published December 13, 2023, 11:47 AM.

'Housing is a tremendous need': Hardeeville mayor excited for newly sold 2,600-acre development

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. —WJCL is investigating the impacts of business and industry in and around Savannah, from jobs to traffic and everything in-between. What stories would you like to see covered as part of our 'Boomtown' series? Email us at Boomtown@WJCL.com.Download the WJCL App for breaking news alerts: ...

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A "live, work, play" project is headed to Hardeeville, as developers are taking the land next to Margaritaville and turning it into homes and commerce.

Mayor Harry Williams couldn’t be happier that the large "Morgan Tract" of undeveloped land had been purchased.

“We always expected that something would happen there eventually, and I couldn't be more excited with the group that actually ended up buying the property,” said Mayor Williams.

$36 million was the price tag on the land next to Margaritaville, but unlike its neighbor, it won’t be just for retirees.

“Most of our other developments are going towards retirees. These will be more for moderate-income families, which we need tremendously because workforce housing is a tremendous need in this part of the whole low country,” said Mayor Williams.

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It will be developed by Hoyer Investment Company, or HIC Land.

"This plot of land is ideally located as the last remaining large developable tract in the area, with easy access to many nearby amenities. ... There is significant demand for more housing,” said CEO Stefan Hoyer, of HIC Land.

Working alongside D.R. Horton, they are slating it to become multi-use with homes, parks, trails, and commercial spaces.

It’s a 20-year plan, but Mayor Williams thinks as people come, so will commerce.

“Now that so many rooftops are coming up, we should start seeing an influx of commercial development along the 278 corridor,” said Mayor Williams.

We've reached out to HIC Land to clarify just how many homes are planned, as the specific number hasn't been stated yet.

Hardeeville career fair starts this afternoon with dozens of employers

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. —More than 50 employers from both South Carolina and Georgia will be at the Hardeeville Recreation Center from 1 to 5 p.m. for the inaugural South Carolina and Georgia Coastal Career Fair.The center is located on 285 John Smith Rd. and is sponsored by a coalition of different organizations, including the city of Hardeeville, the American Job Center, SC Works Lowcountry and more.The dozens of employers at the event represent an array of different industries from government agencies...

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. —

More than 50 employers from both South Carolina and Georgia will be at the Hardeeville Recreation Center from 1 to 5 p.m. for the inaugural South Carolina and Georgia Coastal Career Fair.

The center is located on 285 John Smith Rd. and is sponsored by a coalition of different organizations, including the city of Hardeeville, the American Job Center, SC Works Lowcountry and more.

The dozens of employers at the event represent an array of different industries from government agencies to resort employees. The job fair aims to provide a platform for networking and access to job opportunities.

Those who are planning to attend should plan to dress professionally, and bring multiple copies of their resume to network with the employers.

Here's the full list of employers in attendance today:

• Beaufort County Government • Beaufort Jasper Water • Brasseler/Henry Schein• Builders First Choice• Chatham County Government• City of Savannah• Colonial Oil• Delta Materials• Disney Resort • Enmarket Arena• Envirovac• FCI Estill• Georgia Port Authority• Georgia Transformer• Hardeeville City Government • Hyundai Glovis EV Logistics• Hyundai Mobis Co, LTD• International Paper• Ironline Metals• JCB North America • KBRS • Keller Williams • Marine Corps Community Services • Mobis Alabama, LLC Savannah Plant -Hyundai Supplier • Montage Palmetto Bluff • Nestle Health Science• Orafol• Pacific Cycle• Palmetto Breeze• PHA - Hyundai Supplier • Port City Logistics• S.C. Dept. of Corrections • Savannah Technical College• Schneider• Seoyon E-HWA - Hyundai Supplier • Sewon - Hyundai Supplier • Shaw Industries• Technical College of the Low Country• TICO • Worksource Coastal Georgia

The South Carolina and Georgia Coastal Career Fair is at the Hardeeville Recreation Center starting at 1 p.m. today. For more information, visit this website.

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Mayor's Memo: Looking back at '23, looking ahead to 2024 in Hardeeville

Welcome to 2024! The start of a new year is a time to reflect on the previous 12 months and to eagerly anticipate the year ahead. I’ll try to do a little of both.In 2023, we greeted two new City Council members, Valerie Guzman and Steve Meersman. Their first year was filled with new Master Plans for the Council to approve. And none was easy.Because of the sheer number of developments that were approved in '23, I’ll just summarize. Most required workshops for the Council to listen and ask questions. No...

Welcome to 2024! The start of a new year is a time to reflect on the previous 12 months and to eagerly anticipate the year ahead. I’ll try to do a little of both.

In 2023, we greeted two new City Council members, Valerie Guzman and Steve Meersman. Their first year was filled with new Master Plans for the Council to approve. And none was easy.

Because of the sheer number of developments that were approved in '23, I’ll just summarize. Most required workshops for the Council to listen and ask questions. No votes are taken at these workshops, giving each Council member additional time to consider all points before votes are cast. This extra step helps the Council to get it right.

January started with the Residences at Okatie Crossing. This 3- and 4-story apartment building will have 518 units and back up to Sun City. It will require a new road that will loop from S.C. Highway 170 to Palmer Grace Road. Another apartment complex, named North Okatie Apartments, was approved. It will feature 300 units fronting S.C. 170 adjacent to Riverwalk.

The East Argent Planned Development District continues to build out. In 2023, several Master Plans were approved by Council. Jubilee Charter School purchased 159 acres, and has already started a preschool class. The YMCA submitted its plans, and its capital fundraising plans continue. Hoyer Investment Group purchased 574 acres and will partner with DR Horton to build 1,500 homes adjacent to the charter school.

Two additional projects have passed the Planning Commission and will come to Council for approval in January. The Farmhouse is 300 apartments adjacent to Riverton Point, and The Park at East Argent is 240 single-family homes, also adjacent to the charter school. With these projects under way, the East Argent District will have 6,700 units planned. Total density allowed in this 7,500-acre district is 9,500 units.

The West Argent Planned Development District also was active. This district extends beyond Hilton Head Lakes off U.S. Route 278. Lennar’s “Pod 1” consists of 389 acres and 450 single-family homes. The “Preserve” will have 350 homes, and “Horizons” will add another 350 units. Total approved in 2023 for West Argent is 1,150 single-family homes.

Across the highway, Minto submitted plans to purchase the 2,200-acre “Karrh Tract” and extend Margaritaville by another 2,600 homes. At the current rate of sale, Margaritaville will have 6,000 homes by 2032. Council passed the final vote on this project this month on Jan. 4.

Totally in 2023, Master Plans for 6,000 homes were approved by Council. Given the lengthy process of approvals by the city and state, construction on most will not begin before 2025 and, if current market conditions continue, it will likely take at least 10 years for them to be completed.

Of course, the first concern for all of us is how to prepare our roads to handle this growth. I’ve written about the future plans recently, and I will be coming back to this subject later this year.

Now let’s look at the crystal ball for 2024. Expect developments to continue to be planned for the remaining acreage in East Argent, West Argent and the recently purchased Morgan Tract. It would be a good guess that another 6,000 homes will be master-planned this year. At the current rate of 1,200 single-family home permits each year, another 7,200 homes could be built this decade. If so, Hardeeville would reach 30,000 residents in 2030.

This population surge will spur the growth of commerce. Expect 2024 announcements of commercial development near Exit 8, along U.S. 278 and Argent Boulevard. More residents also means more medical calls. The city is proud to announce the addition of a new ambulance that began service on Nov. 29. This ambulance will add to the current County Rescue Service and will be centrally located in Station 83 at Hilton Head Lakes.

In 2024, an election year, Hardeeville will have two Council seats and the Mayor’s seat on the ballot. On Jan. 4, I announced that I will not seek reelection to a third term. Hardeeville needs new leadership, and I announced early because I wanted to give potential candidates ample time to consider, research the city’s needs, and formulate their visions for the future.

I hope we will have multiple candidates and debates arranged so all voters can choose wisely and take part in shaping the future of our city. The mayor’s role is not easy, and it is not a part-time job. You will lose sleep at times. You will need thick skin and a stiff spine.

But, for me, serving the people of Hardeeville has been the most rewarding job I’ve ever had.

Happy New Year.

Harry Williams is the mayor of Hardeeville.

Hardeeville council approves master plan for future YMCA, city's first

Hardeeville council approves master plan for future YMCABluffton TodayHardeeville City Council recently approved plans for even more recreational opportunities for those all around the area and Lowcountry.At its May 18 meeting, council approved final reading of the Master Plan for the James Fisher Memorial Foundation YMCA, which will be Hardeeville's first "Y". Initial plans were for the project to break ground in 2022; officials said construction delays have moved the tentative opening date to...

Hardeeville council approves master plan for future YMCA

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Hardeeville City Council recently approved plans for even more recreational opportunities for those all around the area and Lowcountry.

At its May 18 meeting, council approved final reading of the Master Plan for the James Fisher Memorial Foundation YMCA, which will be Hardeeville's first "Y". Initial plans were for the project to break ground in 2022; officials said construction delays have moved the tentative opening date to early in 2025.

The new state-of-the-art facility, in its first phase, will be a 35,000-square-foot building near SC-170 at East Argent and will feature a child-care center, an aquatic complex, sports fields, a fitness center and an indoor, six-lane pool. The new facility will be located across from Oldfield, a gated community in Okatie.

There are 19.9 total acres for the facility, and its second phase, officials previously said, will include an additional 18,000 square feet for multi-purpose fields for outdoor sports. City officials said there would also be a large amount of open and active space, with trails and walkways throughout the project. The closest YMCA in reference to Hardeeville is located in Port Royal, more than 30 miles from the city.

"When we started this, we did a study and that helped determine the needs in the community and what the community wants," Michael Bostwick, CEO of Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry said during council's May 4 meeting.

Bostwick told council one of the big things that the community was asking for was a pool, followed by child care and fitness programs.

"This is why those are the initial things we are focusing on," he said.

Jack Fisher, CEO and founder of Preserve Communities, spearheaded the project, donating 20 acres at East Argent, a 7,350-acre master-planned community, according to a news release.

Fisher founded the James Fisher Memorial Foundation to honor his son's passion and further his company's commitment to community.

Bostwick informed council a $1.5 million USDA grant from U.S. Congressman James Clyburn's office would help the project get underway, as the funding had already been approved.

A May 18 news release from Clyburn stated the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program was awarding $12.7 million in Community Facilities Direct Loans to Jasper County projects.

"Part of the funding will be utilized to construct the Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry, a new YMCA facility in Hardeeville," the release said.

The press release said "this funding builds upon the $1.5 million Community Project Funding (CPF) Congressman Clyburn secured for the Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry through the Fiscal Year 2023 House Appropriations Package.''

The Hardeeville Recreation Center has been working in conjunction with the YMCA and already has some YMCA programs at the center, Hardeeville Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Jennifer Combs said during the May 4 council meeting. Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams also mentioned the city did not include plans for a pool in its rec center plans because leaders were aware of the future plans for the YMCA and that the two work together on other various programs.

"That’s the great thing about the location of this facility," Bostwick previously said. "We will be able to serve Bluffton, Hardeeville, Ridgeland, Okatie and the (entirety) of Jasper County from the James Fisher Memorial Foundation YMCA. We plan to assist people from all walks of life, all ages and backgrounds in the surrounding community through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all."

Ralph Fuller, Beaufort-Jasper YMCA’s Board chairman, said in a news release the board of directors is looking forward to construction and completion of its newest branch.

“We believe the programs and services to be provided by the YMCA will positively impact the health and well-being of the youth, adults and senior population in the Hardeeville community,” Fuller said.

Mayor Williams said during council's May 18 meeting he could not wait for the ribbon cutting for the new YMCA.

"It will be a great benefit to our community," he said. "We are real excited. It's a wonderful addition to the city of Hardeeville."

While the Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry has received a variety of grants to help fund the project, it is continuing to seek donations from community members, a YMCA news release said. Those who would like to contribute can contact Mike Bostwick, Beaufort-Jasper YMCA CEO, at m.bostwick@beaufort-jasperymca.org.

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