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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 Lockhart, 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
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  • Negotiating Agreements Relating to Child Custody
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  • 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 Lockhart, 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:

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  • 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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Union Co. School Board approves motion to close Lockhart Schools

UNION COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – The Union County School Board of Trustees approved a motion to close Lockhart Schools during a special meeting Monday. The vote comes after a push from the community to save the schools.“Not really surprised but I still had hope,” said Lockhart Mayor Ailene Ashe. “We have been begging people for a week to pray for us.”She said it’s more than a building for a small town trying to grow.“We try to bring people in with children and the first thing people wan...

UNION COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – The Union County School Board of Trustees approved a motion to close Lockhart Schools during a special meeting Monday. The vote comes after a push from the community to save the schools.

“Not really surprised but I still had hope,” said Lockhart Mayor Ailene Ashe. “We have been begging people for a week to pray for us.”

She said it’s more than a building for a small town trying to grow.

“We try to bring people in with children and the first thing people want to know is about the school system and Lockhart has always been very high in scores,” said Ashe.

The high costs of maintaining the building stood out after a facilities study last year, according to Union County School District Superintendent.

“The fact of the matter is.. it’s still an old building with old galvanized pipes that could burst at any moment,” said Dr. William Roach.

After hearing from the public and Lockhart town leaders, the school board approved a motion tonight to close Lockhart Elementary and Middle schools by the end of this school year.

“The big concern is the financial piece where almost double per student is being spent at Lockhart. That’s a concern of elected members to make sure they’re being good stewards of the taxpayers money,” said Dr. Roach.

He says the district will save up to two million dollars each year by moving the students to other schools, and faculty and staff can fill vacancies within the district.

“It’s tough because you hear the stories. You hear the folks say this is the heart of our town,” he said.

Town leaders said they’re now looking at what’s next.

“I hope that they will give the building to the town and hopefully you know, we can’t see right now but hopefully we may can use that and work forward to help build the town,” said Mayor Ashe.

Dr. Roach said students will be reassigned at Jonesville Elementary/Middle, Foster Park Elementary School, and Monarch Elementary School, and Buffalo Elementary school if space is available.

“We are a choice district, and as space permits we’ll continue to allow folks to choose the school they want to go to,” said Dr. Roach. “We’ll have to get folks placed first and then see what our availability is.”

Lockhart says goodbye to its school

aorr@shj.comLockhart’s lone remaining school graduated its last class of eighth-grade students this week.The Tuesday night ceremony was held ahead of Lockhart School’s last official day of classes for students on Thursday. Union County schools trustees made the call to shutter the school earlier this year.The move means students and teachers will be assigned to other schools within the county when classes resume in the fall.It's a conclusion to a proud chapter in the tiny mill village's ...

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Lockhart’s lone remaining school graduated its last class of eighth-grade students this week.

The Tuesday night ceremony was held ahead of Lockhart School’s last official day of classes for students on Thursday. Union County schools trustees made the call to shutter the school earlier this year.

The move means students and teachers will be assigned to other schools within the county when classes resume in the fall.

It's a conclusion to a proud chapter in the tiny mill village's history.

“I cannot express how heartbroken I am to see the school go,” Lockhart Mayor Ailene Ashe said. “What we have left is not a whole lot, and most of the buildings are gone. We’ve always wanted to be able to say, ‘You need to come to Lockhart,’ and the school was always an important part of that.”

Ashe has served as the village’s mayor for much of the past two decades, but long before that she was just a girl in love with Lockhart.

She remembers when the school was first built in the mid-1950s after the previous school, which was constructed in the years just after World War I, burned down.

That fire forced the children of Lockhart to take classes for more than a year in an armory up the road, so when the new school opened, Ashe said it was a welcome sight.

Those were thriving years for the community, when textile mills still provided a good living for people in Union County, Ashe said. When those mills closed, much of the work dried up, and Ashe said the community has been on a downward trajectory since.

Citing economic concerns, Union County school trustees authorized Superintendent Bill Roach in February to explore reassigning the school’s 30-plus faculty and staff members to other positions in the district. The call was made in subsequent weeks to close the school, which has served kindergarten through eighth grade students for decades.

Roach declined to be interviewed for this article. Mike Massey, a member of the Union County Schools board of trustees, said he’s sad to see Lockhart lose its school. He voted against the measure in March to close the facility, though he said he understands the reasoning for the decision.

“The school has really been a rally point for this community for a lot of years,” Massey said. “I understand what it means to the town and to its people. I also realize the trustees have to take everything else into consideration, and I don’t have any hard feelings.”

Massey is closer to the situation than most. He attended Lockhart School in his elementary and middle school years, and he graduated from the town’s former high school before beginning his own career in education. He spent his last two years at Lockhart before retiring three years ago.

“They were probably two of my greatest years,” Massey said. “So I guess you could say I started my career and finished it there. Obviously, this affected a lot of people that I know personally.”

Now, Massey said the district must turn its attention to the school’s parents and students, and to its former employees, who will find new homes in the county’s other schools when the academic year resumes this fall.

“How do we get that taken care of with the least amount of fuss and make that as smooth as we can?” Massey asked.

Massey said he believe the students, and especially the parents, will be tremendous assets to the district’s other schools.

“Almost to a parent it’s always been, ‘I’m here for my child, tell me what I need to do,'” Massey said. “It’s a great group of engaged people. They really care about what’s going on, and to a certain extent I think the school’s size helped foster that. It’s my belief they’ll continue that on when they switch schools.”

Ashe said her attention will turn to finding a way to preserve the school property, which she said the school district has been willing to turn over to town leaders. She said upkeep costs could make that prohibitively expensive.

“We’re going to do everything we can to keep this a part of this community,” Ashe said.

She said former Lockhart School students and staff will gather at the school for a reunion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 23.

Genesis Digital Assets Expands Bitcoin Mining Activity in ‘Pro-Innovation’ South Carolina

Genesis Digital Assets (GDA), is expanding its U.S. operations, having announced the opening of three new Bitcoin mining data centers in South Carolina.One of GDA's new data centers is located near Anderson, and another two are found between the towns of Union and Lockhart. The three sites all began operations this year and have...

Genesis Digital Assets (GDA), is expanding its U.S. operations, having announced the opening of three new Bitcoin mining data centers in South Carolina.

One of GDA's new data centers is located near Anderson, and another two are found between the towns of Union and Lockhart. The three sites all began operations this year and have a combined total capacity of 33 megawatts (MW).

Additionally, last year GDA broke ground on a 40-megawatt (mw) mining data center in Texas.

One of the world's largest Bitcoin miners, GDA operates mines across Europe, Asia, and North America, and reportedly accounts for about 2% of the Bitcoin network's total hash rate.

Asked about GDA's strategic interest in the state, CEO and Founder Andrey Kim told Decrypt, "Given its abundance of clean electricity from hydro and nuclear energy sources, we consider South Carolina one of the country's most exciting states." He added that it's among the most "pro-innovation states."

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GDA employed 150 local workers to construct its three new data centers.

“We were impressed to see how these local communities welcomed us so warmly as an opportunity for their economy,” Ankit Joshi, GDA's Head of North America said.

As opposed to the state's neighbor to the north, where a county-wide Bitcoin moratorium was enacted this year, interest in the sector appears to be growing in South Carolina.

Last year a South Carolina delegation, including State Treasurer Curtis Loftis and members of the South Carolina Emerging Tech Association Inc., took an exploratory trip to El Salvador to learn about the country's adoption of Bitcoin.

One of GDA's newest mining sites, the Pacolet data center, is located very close to a Lockhart Power hydroelectric plant.

Kim told Decrypt that GDA strives "to place our data centers near sources of clean energy to ensure our operations run on the most environmentally friendly energy possible."

SC State Guard called in after tornado heavily damages North Central High School in Kershaw County

KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C. — A tornado touched down Saturday night in Kershaw County and damaged a high school, football stadium, and buses, but no one was injured.The tornado touched down Saturday night according to the National Weather Service and struck North Central High School's property.The weather team is still evaluating the track but have determined it was a high end EF-2 Tornado. Richard Okulski, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service Columbia office, said the preliminary estimate for wind speeds is a...

KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C. — A tornado touched down Saturday night in Kershaw County and damaged a high school, football stadium, and buses, but no one was injured.

The tornado touched down Saturday night according to the National Weather Service and struck North Central High School's property.

The weather team is still evaluating the track but have determined it was a high end EF-2 Tornado. Richard Okulski, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service Columbia office, said the preliminary estimate for wind speeds is around 130 miles per hour.

The tornado began near the intersection of Lockhart road and Keys Lane according to the National Weather Service.

The impact on the school is immediately evident and is extensive. The roof was blown off of part of the building and damage was done to multiple classrooms. The stands in the football stadium were torn up and a goal post was bent over. In the bus barn nearby, several school buses had heavy damage. Trees near the track were snapped. Concrete stadium bleachers were collapsed along with the press box.

The tornado continued along across the gym lifting all the HVAC units off the roof. The tornado lifted the roof off most of the main building and an older auditorium, then collapsed an exterior wall along a portion of the west side of the building.

It moved four school buses and resulted in broken windows and other damages to the 25-30 school buses parked there. Two large light stands near the baseball field were damaged.

The tornado's path was about a half a mile and about 150 yards wide.

Kershaw County Schools spokesperson Mary Anne Byrd said the State Department of Education is assisting with bus replacements and will be sending students from North Central to an older vocational school about ten minutes away that wasn't being used to send students in light of the damage to the school.

Drone Video shows damage at Kershaw County School

Students in the district were scheduled to be off on Monday and Tuesday due to teacher planning purposes.

Byrd said that the entrance to the school was damaged, along with significant damage to the football stadium, concrete bleachers, and the bus fleet located on the campus. From visual inspections, all of the buses on site except for three had some form of damage to them.

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Kershaw County: North Central HS

"Fortunately, no one was here on campus so all the damage is physical," said Byrd, "It's buildings, it's buses, it can be replaced."

No word yet on a damage estimate.

Lara Broughton, an English teacher at the school, was shocked to see the damage Sunday afternoon, saying "the pictures on social media do not do it justice. And then, when you get here and you really see how bad it is, it is completely devastating."

School officials caution that NO GofundMe sites or any other fundraising has been set or or being done.

The South Carolina State Guard was called in to help secure the site and will be stationed at the school for the next 48 hours, according to LTC Scott Malyerck. Guard members are trained law enforcement officers, says Malyerck, and will be working with local law enforcement agencies and emergency services to make sure the area is safe.

Lockhart Power To Build Industrial Spec Building

Image: A rendering of Midway Green Industrial Park.On April 26, Lockhart Power Company and Union County broke ground on the Midway Green Industrial Spec Building – a new industrial building designed for a manufacturing company. The building will be located in Midway Green Industrial Park, a 142-acre, South Carolina Certified Park adjacent to SC Highway 49 in Union. Midway Green is owned by Pacolet Milliken Enterprises...

Image: A rendering of Midway Green Industrial Park.

On April 26, Lockhart Power Company and Union County broke ground on the Midway Green Industrial Spec Building – a new industrial building designed for a manufacturing company. The building will be located in Midway Green Industrial Park, a 142-acre, South Carolina Certified Park adjacent to SC Highway 49 in Union. Midway Green is owned by Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, the parent company of Lockhart Power.

Lockhart Power Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Midway Green Development, LLC, and Union County’s Union County Facilities Corporation, a nonprofit organization, have joined forces to construct Midway Green Industrial Spec Building. The project will include a 100,000 square foot building plus a 100,000 square foot building pad for expansion on 24 acres of land. The building will be one of only a handful of its size and quality in the state. The utility infrastructure within Midway Green Industrial Park includes several million gallons per day of excess water and sewer capacity, more than 30 megawatts of electric power capacity provided by Lockhart Power, and natural gas.

This will be the fourth spec building built in Union County. Others are currently occupied by Haemonetics, Gestamp and Timken Industrial Bearings. The Midway Green building will be the only available building for manufacturing in Union County.

The two organizations have partnered on several large infrastructure projects which have positioned Union County as a viable and competitive option for industrial development.

“We are very excited about this project and the impact it will have on our community,” said Frank Hart, Union County supervisor. “We believe that this type of public-private partnership will be a model for economic development in rural S.C. counties going forward.”

“Lockhart Power, its parent company Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, and the extended Milliken family continuously strives to make a real difference in Union,” said Bryan Stone, chief operating officer at Lockhart Power. “Our significant investment in this speculative manufacturing building is one way in which we are doing so, and we couldn’t be more excited to meet the next world-class company who will call Union its home.”

Engineering for the spec building was completed by DePaul Engineering, Inc. Upstate firm McMillan Pazdan Smith has been selected as the project architect and THS Constructors, based in Greenville, will be the general contractor for the project.

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