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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 Inman, 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 Inman, 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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7 Holiday Light Driving Tours: Upstate, SC

Do you want to go for a Christmas light drive around the Upstate and see all the best (and free!) home displays? Have you seen long lists ofChristmas light displays? Are you overwhelmed by the holidays this year? We’ve got seven driving routes for 2023 to help you enjoy the season without a lot of stress since we already did the work for you!Load the family in the car and follow these routes for a super simple yet super special night (or nights) of enjoying Christmas lights together. A massive, massiv...

Do you want to go for a Christmas light drive around the Upstate and see all the best (and free!) home displays? Have you seen long lists ofChristmas light displays? Are you overwhelmed by the holidays this year? We’ve got seven driving routes for 2023 to help you enjoy the season without a lot of stress since we already did the work for you!

Load the family in the car and follow these routes for a super simple yet super special night (or nights) of enjoying Christmas lights together. A massive, massive thank you to Kidding Around reader Jason Hurdich for helping us check homes on our routes. This is an enormous job and we are so grateful.

Disclaimer: Kidding Around is not responsible for property damage, neighborhood safety, or any possible injuries of any kind that may happen while driving, stopping, and viewing holiday lights and decorations. Drivers and property owners maintain all responsibility for general safety, operating a vehicle safely, light-viewing enjoyment, and holiday cheer. Drive slowly, be respectful, share holiday magic, and don’t be a Scrooge.

Submissions are closed for 2023 but if you want to be included in the 2024 list, you can come back and fill out our Holiday Light Display form and be sure to include a photo of your display.

Which house is the best?VOTE HERE!

The Kidding Around Greenville Christmas Lights Contest

The Kidding Around Upstate, SC Christmas Lights Driving Routes

Bonus! More lights! Check out our Christmas Lights Driving Tours in Columbia, SC!

While we do our best to offer accurate information, please check with these venues and organizations before visiting. Please help keep Kidding Around free by not copying and reproducing this content without written permission. Please note that things like inclement weather can impact a display status.

If you see more while you are driving around the Upstate, be sure to share the info in the comments of our Holiday Lights List for folks to check out!

Tips For Enjoying The Holiday Light Displays

While there are plenty of paid attractions you can visit with your family, if you are looking for some budget-friendly fun, and admiring the work of homeowners, you have come to the right spot.

We have separated light displays in the Upstate into several easy-to-follow routes. Do them all in one night, or turn them into several nights of fun. Throw your fuzzy jammies on, grab the tumbler of hot chocolate, popcorn, and hit the road.

We have gathered the best of the best in the Upstate to curate this fantastic list. Homes with light shows that include music (and sometimes even hot chocolate and Santa) are included and worth the drive. Here are a few tips to make the most of the routes provided:

Disclaimer: Kidding Around is not responsible for property damage, neighborhood safety, or any possible injuries of any kind that may happen while driving, stopping, and viewing holiday lights and decorations. Drivers and property owners maintain all responsibility for general safety, operating a vehicle safely, light-viewing enjoyment, and holiday cheer. Drive slowly, be respectful, share holiday magic, and don’t be a Scrooge.

2023 Kidding Around Christmas Light Driving Tour Map

Have issues with the map? We have a tutorial to help navigate the map. (this has 2020 tour info and is just posted as a tutorial)

2023 Christmas Light Driving Tours

Addresses on the Greenville route:

Victorian House of Lights

Lights on E. Earle St

Lights on Old Easley Road

Lights of Bethel

Parkwood Drive Christmas Trees

Middle Brook Road Christmas

Mini North Pole Extravaganza

Overbrook’s Dazzling Holiday Spectacle

Blue Moon Holiday Bliss on Andrea Lane

Holiday Musical

Addresses on the Easley route:

5 Point Church Display

Cook Family Christmas

Cherish D Lights

Addresses on the Simpsonville Route:

Whitemarsh Christmas

Christmas on Kwikaway

Lights on Shagbark

Colorful Static Display

Santa on Agewood Drive

Holiday Lights On Keswick Trail

Addresses on Five Forks driving route:

Lights on Limberlock

Holiday Lights on Fairfield

Gingerbread House

Holiday Lights on Dunrobin Lane

Holiday Lights on Bethel

Pixel Christmas Light Display

Addresses on Spartanburg driving route:

The Christmas House | Inman

The Belcher Family Tradition | Lyman

Nodine Family Christmas Lights | Inman

Wonderland on School Street | Duncan

Wonderland on Walcott

The Ditto Squared Candy Cane Lane

Peck Family Christmas

Sparkling Christmas

Addresses on the Greer route in order of driving route:

Christmas Inflatables Fun

Dilworth House

Neighborhood Christmas Lights

Christmas Light Extravaganza

Musical Holiday Fun

Sugar Creek Christmas Lights

BONUS Greer Homes

Greer CPW hosts a house decorating contest every year. They have reels of the winners posted to their Facebook page!

Addresses on the Anderson route:

Anthony Family Light Display & Christmas Tree Walk

Welcome To Who-Ville

Hamilton Christmas Light Display

Lights of North Avenue

BONUS: No Route Christmas Light Displays

There are several holiday light displays in the Upstate that are too far from any of the routes to be added to them but that we still think you’ll like. They are noted in purple on the map and their addresses and info is below.

Pelzer Light People

These are people who just love the Christmas spirit so much that they literally deck themselves out with lights. They have a specific schedule, which starts on Thanksgiving, so be sure to check it before heading out to see them in Pelzer, SC. In general, they are out every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 7 pm to 9 pm (weather permitting).

Poole Light Show

Ricci’s Christmas Lights

Mush Creek Hill Road Lights

Candy Cane Wonderland in Fountain Inn

A Goucher Christmas Display

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2023 Editor’s Picks For Top Holiday Home Light Displays

Here are some of our favorite synchronized displays:

Even More Holiday Home Light Displays

There is no shortage of holiday light displays to be found in the Upstate! For more holiday light displays, check out our list of 50+ Holiday Light Displays across the Upstate and beyond.

Don’t miss the Ultimate Holiday Guide to Greenville, SC, or our Holiday Guide to Spartanburg, SC for even MORE holiday fun. They are packed full of things to do, gift ideas, events, and more!

Please be sure to completely fill out the form, including any online links to information available like dedicated social media pages or posts. The more information we have, the more likely your home will be included in our content.

If you see more while you are driving around the Upstate, be sure to share the info in the comments of our Holiday Lights List for folks to check out.

Looking for more lights? See what lights are waiting for you in the Midlands in our Christmas Lights Near Columbia, SC list. We also have Christmas Lights Driving Tours in Columbia.

Inman plans to keep downtown investment momentum going with new money, program

INMAN — Inman was the only city in Spartanburg County selected to be a part of a revitalization program and community vibrancy grant aimed at continuing to attract investment and people to its downtown.It’s part of the national Main Street America Coordinating Program that gives cities the tools, knowledge and connections to modernize their downtown areas, while also encouraging economic development and historic preservation.Joe Lanahan, Inman’s city administrator, said that 10 years ago, 70 percent of the bui...

INMAN — Inman was the only city in Spartanburg County selected to be a part of a revitalization program and community vibrancy grant aimed at continuing to attract investment and people to its downtown.

It’s part of the national Main Street America Coordinating Program that gives cities the tools, knowledge and connections to modernize their downtown areas, while also encouraging economic development and historic preservation.

Joe Lanahan, Inman’s city administrator, said that 10 years ago, 70 percent of the buildings downtown were empty.

That has drastically changed. There are about 55 buildings within Inman’s central business district, and currently less than half a dozen of the buildings downtown aren’t being used.

In 2020, the city created a master plan for downtown. Some of the main goals were to increase special events, fill more empty buildings downtown, improve downtown landscaping and greenspace and add more public facilities downtown.

Within the past two years, Lanahan said nine new businesses have opened within Inman’s central business district, which is the most growth the city has seen in the past decade.

“Every six months or so, you kind of feel a different wave of things coming downtown,” Lanahan said. “We’re trying to be better hosts when it comes to introducing people and showing people that the sidewalks aren’t going to roll up at five o’clock.”

The city will start the Main Street America Coordinating Program in January 2023.

The program will give the city a marketing strategy so that it can fill the rest of its downtown buildings. Existing businesses in the area will receive help so that they can be a part of the city’s revitalization plan. The city will work to create various strategies on how to promote its street festivals, parades and retail events in order to encourage customer traffic.

There will also be a focus on the design of downtown. The city will look at ways to make downtown more attractive through signage, lighting, landscaping, street furniture and rehabilitating historic buildings.

SPARTANBURG — The new Spartanburg County Courthouse is scheduled to open to the public on Jan. 22 with construction now complete on the 344,000-square-foot building.

The $120 million facility at West St. John and Magnolia streets includes 17 courtrooms, one hearing room, a jury assembly room, jury deliberation rooms and other space for future use. Funding for the project was approved by voters in 2017 when they passed a 1-cent sales tax increase. The building’s highest point reaches 124 feet. The new courthouse is more than three times the size of the existing courthouse.

“It is spectacular, not only in appearance, but makes a statement about who we are and where we are going,” Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt told The Post and Courier. “The old courthouse opened in 1957, and it was built when the county’s population was just over 100,000 people. We needed a new courthouse in the ’90s but couldn’t afford a new courthouse at that time due to finances.”

Judicial Planning Associates reported in May 2017 the Spartanburg Judicial Center at 180 Magnolia St., Spartanburg, needed to be replaced because it no longer met the required standards for technology or security required for courts. The old county courthouse will be demolished in 2024, and a plaza will be built in its place. The new courthouse design includes white precast exterior with classical architecture. A parking deck garage with 700 spaces was completed in 2021 at Library Street as part of the overall construction project.

Spartanburg County Clerk of Court Amy Cox said in a statement the current courthouse will be closed from Jan. 8 through Jan. 19 to normal traffic during staff’s transition to the new building.

“Our staff members will still be working, answering phones and emails, processing filings and sending required notices,” Cox said. “There may be times when our phones and computers are in transition.”

The only non-employees who will be allowed in the old building during the move will be attorneys, litigants and witnesses who are on the small family court docket. No one else will be allowed in the building for any other reason. A drop box will be located at the front entrance for any paper filings for any court located in the building.

Carolina Blends and Brews: Holliday Brewing-Inman

INMAN, S.C. (WSPA) – Over four years ago, Holliday Brewing opened in Spartanburg’s Drayton Mills marketplace. Now they are getting ready to open Inman’s first brewery, targeting mid-September for their Prospect Street location.It will be home to 40 beer taps and a full bar. The kitchen will be run by the owners of Spartanburg’s Burgers and Bakery restaurant.It...

INMAN, S.C. (WSPA) – Over four years ago, Holliday Brewing opened in Spartanburg’s Drayton Mills marketplace. Now they are getting ready to open Inman’s first brewery, targeting mid-September for their Prospect Street location.

It will be home to 40 beer taps and a full bar. The kitchen will be run by the owners of Spartanburg’s Burgers and Bakery restaurant.

It’s something co-owner Jim Holliday has been looking forward to for some time.

”We’ll have a full restaurant here. We’re on three and a half acres, it’s a 9,000-square-foot building. We’ll be able to seat about 250 people. We have plenty of open space, we have plenty of green space outside. In the future, we plan on putting in a concert stage out here. We have plenty of outside seating. We also have a nice private section upstairs that you can rent out for private parties.”

That private section is open to anyone if there’s no event; it will be a hang-out spot with couches.

The actual brewing is also moving here. Brewer and co-owner John Holliday said that more space means the ability to increase production.

“The Spartanburg facility, I could brew five times a week and I would put out 10 barrels. I could do five times a week here and I’ll put out 100 barrels. So we’ll go distribution Spartanburg, we’re going to go into Greenville and Rock Hill for now, and then state-wide hopefully at the end of the year.”

That is allowing Holliday to participate in this year’s Fall for Greenville, contributing a beer and a seltzer to the beer garden.

More space also means more chances for John to experiment.

”I want to work more on my hazy beers. They’re a little tricky to get going and it’s a lot if fun brewing and getting all those new recipes.”

Jim said that it’s not just the Holliday brothers who are looking forward to the grand opening.

”I get people driving through here every day…when are you going to open? We can’t wait. All of Inman is so excited and we are, too.”

”We really look forward to connecting with the downtown, too because we want the other businesses to grow. The Saluda (Grade) Rail Trail is coming in the future…it’s going to land on our front doorstep.”

”We just really want to grow this little town and try to help other businesses and connect us all together.”

Want to be a part of this journey? They’re looking for servers, hosts, bartenders, cooks, and assistant brewers. Email david@hollidaybrewing.com for details.

Enjoy responsibly.

Customers react to beloved Inman restaurant closing after nearly three decades

INMAN, S.C. (WSPA) – A restaurant that served as a gathering place for many people in one upstate community has turned their open sign-off permanently but that hasn’t stopped loyal customers from still stopping by.Big Daddy’s Family Restaurant is a staple in Inman. So, when customer Bobby Garrett heard they were closing, he didn’t believe it.“I was on my way to Boiling Springs and I said I am going to stop and see if I see some cars through here and if there aren’t I will know they were close...

INMAN, S.C. (WSPA) – A restaurant that served as a gathering place for many people in one upstate community has turned their open sign-off permanently but that hasn’t stopped loyal customers from still stopping by.

Big Daddy’s Family Restaurant is a staple in Inman. So, when customer Bobby Garrett heard they were closing, he didn’t believe it.

“I was on my way to Boiling Springs and I said I am going to stop and see if I see some cars through here and if there aren’t I will know they were closed.”

What he found was an empty parking lot, “well it’s true, nobody is here, it’s over now,” Garrett added. “I would have never thought that I would see them closed.”

Garrett wasn’t the only customer that didn’t see it coming, “very sad, in matter of fact, (my brother) heard it before I did, and he called me and he said look that up and see what you can find,” Customer Bruce White said. “So, we came up here to see if there was a sign on the door haha.”

That neon sign was off at the restaurant that White has made a lot of memories in.

“I’ve been going here for probably 20 years, and I understand they were open for 29, so I came here a lot,” White added. “(My brother and I would eat lunch here every Tuesday, so that was our day we would come over here and eat lunch. It’s a great place, I hate to see it go, it’s a staple as far as I am concerned.”

And what kept White coming back wasn’t just the food.

“Every time you go in there you would see something you hadn’t seen before, and they had a soda fountain like the old times sodas that will make you milkshakes—it was phenomenal,” White added. “I want that bull over there, see the bull on that building, I want to put that in my backyard.”

But even more so, White would like to see the restaurant continue for another 30 years. “We will miss this place a lot, I don’t know how they are going to replace this, to be honest with you, I am hoping that someone else will pick it up and keep it going.”

As for what’s next for the restaurant the owner hopes someone new will take over the business.

Inman joins Main Street South Carolina program, asks for community input on downtown area

INMAN, S.C. (WSPA) -Inman city leaders said the city is joining the Main Street South Carolina program to help enhance the local economy and revitalize the downtown area.“It’s a program that gives us accountability and resources to do the things that we’re already accomplishing,” said April Williams, who will serve as the program’s director.Williams believes the program will help create new strategies and build on existing momentum for a stronger community.“The program was something se...

INMAN, S.C. (WSPA) -Inman city leaders said the city is joining the Main Street South Carolina program to help enhance the local economy and revitalize the downtown area.

“It’s a program that gives us accountability and resources to do the things that we’re already accomplishing,” said April Williams, who will serve as the program’s director.

Williams believes the program will help create new strategies and build on existing momentum for a stronger community.

“The program was something several of our councilmembers and our administrator had shown interest in and knew that the growth and the progress that the city was already going through would perfectly complement the Main Street program,” said Williams.

She said the program takes a comprehensive approach and connects cities with resources and tools, so city leaders can make a positive impact on the community.

“We don’t focus on just our events or just local businesses or growth in the city, we focus on all of that and how it all flows together to make a really good downtown, vibrant, enjoyable place for people to live, work, and come to visit,” said Williams.

She said some upcoming events and projects fit within their goals, but they also want to know what community members would like to see.

“The biggest thing that we need help with from the community as a whole right now is data collection,” said Williams.

Williams is asking people to fill out an online survey, sharing their thoughts on their favorite places, any issues with the area, and what they’d like to see downtown. She’s hopeful this new program will help the area succeed and says exciting things are coming in Inman.

“We knew that this was where we wanted to be and that Inman would be a really good fit. Main Street will help us tremendously and we will be a good poster child for the program as well,” said Williams.

Next month, leaders will host a meeting to explain the Main Street approach to the community. Williams said more details will be shared closer to February.

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