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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 Marietta, 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 Marietta, 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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Slater-Marietta to end fire protection services in River Falls by year's end. Here's why.

The Slater-Marietta Fire Department will no longer provide fire and rescue services to its neighboring River Falls Fire Service Area after Dec. 15, according to a news release from ...

The Slater-Marietta Fire Department will no longer provide fire and rescue services to its neighboring River Falls Fire Service Area after Dec. 15, according to a news release from Slater-Marietta Fire Chief Adam Brown.

Brown said the decision stemmed from a disproportionate amount of calls coming from River Calls combined with a lack of tax revenue creating a lack of funding in the area.

"The Slater-Marietta Fire District and its elected Commissioners owe their highest duty to the 10,000 citizens and residents of the Slater-Marietta Fire District," Brown wrote in his statement.

According to the release, a significant portion of funds paid by Slater-Marietta taxpayers were being diverted to calls for service coming from River Falls.

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"We're essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul," Brown told the Greenville News.

Much of the land in the River Falls Fire Service Area is owned by non-taxable entities, according to Brown's release, diminishing revenue for the River Falls Fire Service Area.

Brown said River Falls has its own fire department with two fire stations, but there just is not enough funding for the department to be self-sufficient.

"They're doing the best they can with what they have," Brown said of River Falls firefighters. "The issue is not personnel, it’s a lack of funding."

Bob Mihalic, a spokesperson for Greenville County, said the county is exploring many different options for funding the River Falls Fire Service Area.

- Tim Carlin covers county government, growth and development for The Greenville News. Follow him on Twitter @timcarlin_, and get in touch with him at TCarlin@gannett.com. You can support his work by subscribing to The Greenville News at greenvillenews.com/subscribe.

Marietta Manners: Friends team to spread Thanksgiving kindness through Slater-Marietta community

SLATER-MARIETTA, S.C. —Two friends have enrolled in an online effort to help give back to the Slater-Marietta community.Jeremy Reyes created the Marietta Manners Facebook page about a year-and-a-half ago. He said its goal is to help raise awareness to community needs and provide a platform for local businesses."This little town, we’re forgotten a lot," said Reyes. "And there wasn&rsqu...

SLATER-MARIETTA, S.C. —

Two friends have enrolled in an online effort to help give back to the Slater-Marietta community.

Jeremy Reyes created the Marietta Manners Facebook page about a year-and-a-half ago. He said its goal is to help raise awareness to community needs and provide a platform for local businesses.

"This little town, we’re forgotten a lot," said Reyes. "And there wasn’t too many places that you could go to find that. So when we started doing it, it just made sense."

Timothy Sprouse was a member of the group early on. He and Jeremy now work closely together to grow the page.

"I kind of stepped in. I was like, 'hey, you need to do this or you need to do that,'" Sprouse recalled. "And (Reyes) was like, 'well, if you want it so bad, come help me.' So that’s what I did. I kind of helped him gain the page to what it is now."

Now with more than 4,000 members, the two use posts to gauge community needs, often setting up events to help people who could use food.

"This morning there were 10 people on there saying, 'I need this, and I need that,'" said Sprouse. "Not because they asked for it. It’s because we ask, 'If y’all could ever have anything that you need right now, what would it be?' You know?"

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Last year, they decided to give away about 300 meals the weekend before Thanksgiving. Much of the food was donated.

The two are hoping to serve 600 people this year. Already, there have been no shortages of donations.

They said they're happy with how the page helps connect people and that it adds to an existing sense of community.

"That’s what shows on our page," said Sprouse. "People see other people helping and they wanna do it too."

"The biggest reward is just seeing people come out, having a good time and they talk about it for weeks afterwards," said Reyes.

This year's Thanksgiving meal will be held in the parking lot of the Hometown Food Store off Geer Highway in Marietta. It will start at noon.

GCS leaders and north Greenville County community weigh idea of a new high school in Slater-Marietta area

It's a building movement in the northern Greenville County area, but the district says they're not quite convinced yet.MARIETTA, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - For community members like Gina Norris Hinton, a new high school in the Slater-Marietta area is all about the future.“It’s all about the population growth,” she told FOX Carolina. “We have a hundred houses being built on my road that I live on.”Hinton is the president of the Slater-Marietta Community Association, and says their body has only j...

It's a building movement in the northern Greenville County area, but the district says they're not quite convinced yet.

MARIETTA, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - For community members like Gina Norris Hinton, a new high school in the Slater-Marietta area is all about the future.

“It’s all about the population growth,” she told FOX Carolina. “We have a hundred houses being built on my road that I live on.”

Hinton is the president of the Slater-Marietta Community Association, and says their body has only just begun their 10 year plan. They believe they’re already seeing that need.

“We feel like education is important and we need to go ahead and start planning for that future,” she said.

The idea of a high school in Slater-Marietta is something that’s been tossed around even since the last graduating class left in the 1970s. The school district shut that high school down, and converted part of it into Slater-Marietta elementary, which is all that’s left.

“A lot of people might think it’s a nostalgia thing, but that’s not it at all. It’s a real need,” said community member Bob Cashion.

Cashion has been speaking to officials about the need for a new high school in his area for decades. He says he remembers just how vital having it in his neighborhood was when he graduated in 1968.

“It was really the hub of the community,” Cashion said. “I mean all major activities seemed to center around the school.”

Beyond that though, he says students are being affected negatively.

In some cases, he and Hinton both say kids living near the North Carolina state line are riding busses for long stretches down to the Travelers Rest High School every day.

“It has an impact on the sense of the community, but has a real impact on the learning of those students,” Cashion said.

“If it was your child, would you want them riding the bus 2 hours every day to get an education? I don’t think any parent would,” Hinton added.

The school board says they’re not convinced yet though.

“The numbers that I’ve looked at do not show a need at this time,” said GCS Board of Trustees Chairman Roger Meek, when we asked him if they’d consider building a new high school in the Slater-Marietta area. “We’ve still got capacity at Traveler’s Rest High School,” he went on.

Meek says--they don’t believe the same growth that community members think is coming to the area is actually going to happen. Therefore, they don’t believe a new school is needed.

The school district also gave us a statement, reading:

“Our planning and demographics department annually reviews population, growth and projected developments, and revises our long-range facilities plan accordingly. For the administration to make a recommendation for a new school, we have to have facts, data and projections that indicate a school needs to be considered. A multitude of factors enter into that: population, anticipated growth and at what point a new school becomes feasible. A high school must reflect a broad range of course offerings. The smaller the school, the more difficult it becomes. None of this is an answer to building a new Slater-Marietta high school. It’s an answer to how you go about this. The Board of Trustees asked us to look at the projected growth of that area, so as we prepare our next long-range plan, we will look specifically at that.”

Parents in the area say they’d also love to see some research done into this, adding that another stat the district should look at is the dropout rate in Slater-Marietta.

The next time this issue is likely to come back up is at a Greenville County planning commission meeting in just under 90 days. At the their last meeting just 2 weeks ago, county planners voted to postpone a resolution that would formally ask the GCS Board of Trustees to look into the feasibility of putting a new high school in the Slater-Marietta area. The resolution was proposed by councilman Joe Dill, who represents the Slater-Marietta area, along with much of northern Greenville County.

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX Carolina for updates.

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Dispute over access, practices including horse manure at a Carolina nonprofit natural burial site

Family of buried man and owner of Saluda Rest Preserve Natural Burials in conflict, court paperwork shows Infinite Scroll Enabled GET LOCAL BREAKING NEWS ALERTSThe latest breaking updates, delivered straight to your email inbox.Your Email AddressPrivacy Notice MARIETTA, S.C. —Sandy Glenn lost her husband, Mark Guion, to a sudden heart attack in December 2018....

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Sandy Glenn lost her husband, Mark Guion, to a sudden heart attack in December 2018.

He wanted to be buried in a green cemetery, where the land is allowed to stay in its natural state.

So he was buried at Saluda Rest, a natural burial site and ministry in Marietta, South Carolina.

Glenn tells WYFF News 4 she wants to visit his grave, but after a court order served last week she can't.

"His Facebook says that he (Saluda Rest) is still open all the time, which is what we were told originally, but when we got there he had posted notices that it was for family only and that it would be open February 29th...which if you realize that's a leap day. It happens once every four years,” said Glenn.

A report from the Greenville County Sheriff's Office shows that in June, there was a dispute between Glenn and Kenneth Curtis, the owner of Saluda Rest. That report details that Glenn wanted to visit the grave, and that Curtis said she had damaged his property twice when she drove through the site before.

The investigators' report reads that, while there was some displaced gravel, deputies couldn’t prove that this was malicious in any way.

In July, a court awarded $100.00 in damages to Curtis for the muddiness caused when Glenn drove through the non-profit cemetery to visit her husband's grave.

Glenn tells WYFF4 Curtis spread horse manure on the graves, and she says that while families are kept from going to the graves of their loved ones, hunters are welcome at the cemetery.

In court paperwork, Curtis admitted to dumping horse manure on Glenn's husband's grave against her wishes -- the record shows that he agreed to stop.

"We're an all-natural burial facility,” Curtis said, “What miss Glenn calls 'horse manure' is compost, we put compost on all the graves when we finish them so that grass will grow. It's got seed in it, and it grows a beautiful cover crop so the earth doesn't erode."

Curtis took a WYFF News 4 crew to see the grave - there didn't appear to be fertilizer of any kind on it.

Curtis tells WYFF4’s Renée Wunderlich he does allow hunters on the land, and that's one of the reasons he has a gate and requests visiting families to either have him let them in, or gives them an access code to a special lock on the gate.

A court order show that Glenn is entitled to access Saluda Rest to visit Mark's burial site, and that Curtis had to establish and post standard visitation hours.

So he did: February 29th.

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But one the rules he established says that, if any one wishes to be exempt from the policies, they can call him.

"She (Glenn) has access, there's no problem with her having access - there's a problem with the way that she is demanding access. This is private property. This is not a business, this is not public lands, this is private property,” Curtis said.

Curtis told WYFF4's Renée Wunderlich that because Saluda Rest is a church, a non-profit cemetery, a family cemetery and a nature preserve, the natural burial site is exempt from South Carolina Cemetery Board regulations.

Glenn told Wunderlich she's concerned other families may be restricted from paying their respects, and that she just wants to be able to visit her husband's final resting place.

"My goal is peaceful access to the cemetery. To be able to go and visit, and maintain the site without being harassed and know when it's going to be open,” said Glenn.

Curtis told Wunderlich none of the thirty-some families he's served through burials at Saluda Rest since around 2006 have had any issues, and that just wants an apology from Glenn.

Roster Announced for Inaugural WCRA Rodeo Carolina, the Richest Rodeo East of the Mississippi, in Mill Spring, North Carolina, on Oct. 6-8

MILL SPRING, N.C. – Ahead of the WCRA’S (World Champions Rodeo Alliance) inaugural Rodeo Carolina in Mill Spring, North Carolina, the richest rodeo East of the Mississippi, the organization today announced the 207 athletes who will compete at the final 2023 Triple Crown of Rodeo (TCR) event, as the intense battle to be crowned a WCRA Triple Crown of Rodeo victor approaches a climactic end October 6-8 at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort.A first on multiple fronts, not only is Rodeo Carolin...

MILL SPRING, N.C. – Ahead of the WCRA’S (World Champions Rodeo Alliance) inaugural Rodeo Carolina in Mill Spring, North Carolina, the richest rodeo East of the Mississippi, the organization today announced the 207 athletes who will compete at the final 2023 Triple Crown of Rodeo (TCR) event, as the intense battle to be crowned a WCRA Triple Crown of Rodeo victor approaches a climactic end October 6-8 at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort.

A first on multiple fronts, not only is Rodeo Carolina a groundbreaking event in the Mid-Atlantic region, but it also marks the inaugural Western rodeo at Tryon International, a state-of-the-art venue built for the FEI World Equestrian Games. Rodeo Carolina will mark a merging of disciples like never before as some of the Western sport’s preeminent talents compete at the same facilities that have hosted Olympic contenders in show jumping, dressage, and more.

In a fiercely competitive season, one athlete has emerged victorious, winning two WCRA TCR events to become the chief contender for the $1 million bonus: saddle bronc rider Isaac Diaz (Desdemona, Texas). The annual TCR bonus will award $1 million to any athlete or group of athletes who win first in any three consecutive WCRA Major Rodeos. The most recent event for the Triple Crown of Rodeo was held in May 2023 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Should Diaz, who has won consecutive Majors in December in Fort Worth, Texas, and in May in Corpus Christi, Texas, prevail at Rodeo Carolina, he would be crowned the second champion of the coveted WCRA Triple Crown of Rodeo, presented by Lazy E Ranch, winning the substantial $1 million bonus.

The Triple Round of Rodeo contender was the first WCRA Saddle Bronc Champion, winning during the organization’s first event, the Windy City Roundup in Chicago in 2019. The Texas Cowboy has more than $120,000 across WCRA competition.

Athletes who join Diaz as Triple Crown of Rodeo eligible are: Trisyn Kalawaia (steer wrestling), Mason Clements (bareback riding), Martha Angelone (team roping header), Riley Kittle (team roping header), Jackie Crawford (team roping heeling), Jace Helton (team roping heeling), Kelsie Domer (breakaway roping), Shad Mayfield (tie-down roping) and Cheyenne Wimberly (barrel racing). Each of these athletes will begin Rodeo Carolina with one WCRA Major victory.

Alongside the $1 million WCRA TCR bonus contenders, the field of more than 200 accomplished Western sports athletes will feature 39 competitors from the Carolinas. Below is the list of athletes from North and South Carolina set to compete at Rodeo Carolina:

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Adam Plyler Pageland, SC Team Roping Heeler
Alex Jenks Cherryville, NC Bull Riding
Bailey Lloyd Cleveland, NC Breakaway Roping
Blake Walker Forest City, NC Steer Wrestling
Blake Walker Forest City, NC Team Roping Heeler
Caroline Bowen Harrells, NC Breakaway Roping
Cassie Fielden Olin, NC Breakaway Roping
Cliff Hammond Landrum, SC Tie-Down Roping
Cord Webb Marietta, SC Steer Wrestling
Corey Webb Piedmont, SC Steer Wrestling
Crystal Bishop Inman, SC Breakaway Roping
Cynch Whitesell Marietta, SC Tie-Down Roping
Emme Colvard Crumpler, NC Breakaway Roping
Grace Bryant Pendleton, SC Breakaway Roping
Grace Toberer Mount Ulla, NC Breakaway Roping
Heath King Leicester, NC Team Roping Header
Jacob Dagenhart Statesville, NC Team Roping Header
Jarred Linton Chesterfield, SC Team Roping Heeler
Jessi Kerlin Mooresville, NC Barrel Racing
Jill Johnson Seneca, SC Barrel Racing
Jini Justice Springfield, SC Breakaway Roping
Joe Cook Barnwell, SC Steer Wrestling
Kameron Merck Easley, SC Bareback Riding
Kolby Whitesell Marietta, SC Breakaway Roping
Kristin Yde Raleigh, NC Barrel Racing
Leah Hunter Greer, SC Breakaway Roping
Mandy Cook Barnwell, SC Barrel Racing
Matt Futrell Statesville, NC Team Roping Heeler
Matt Futrell Statesville, NC Tie-Down Roping
Michael Lane Angier, NC Bull Riding
Payton Bush Taylorsville, NC Barrel Racing
Rick Scruggs Campobello, SC Team Roping Heeler
Robbie Murdock Statesville, NC Tie-Down Roping
Taylor Digh Benson, NC Breakaway Roping
Taylor Earnhardt Putna Mooresville, SC Barrel Racing
Tori Murdock Statesville, NC Breakaway Roping
Tristin McClain Donalds, SC Saddle Bronc Riding
Will Rector Rock Hill, SC Team Roping Header
Wyatt Reid Rock Hill, SC Team Roping Header

The remaining roster includes 177 timed event athletes and 30 roughstock athletes who qualified by nominating their efforts on the WCRA VRQ leaderboard.

To view the complete roster, please click HERE.

Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort is one of the most picturesque equestrian facilities in the country and is located within the Blue Ridge Foothills of Mill Spring, North Carolina. The year-round event venue features multi-discipline international and national equestrian competitions, live music, arts and entertainment, and holiday events.

With onsite shops, diverse dining options, and a robust entertainment calendar, non-equestrian visitors are equally marveled by the Tryon Resort experience.

Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort spans 1,600 acres and boasts 13 competition arenas, 1,400 permanent stalls, and various restaurants, shops, and lodging options. A nearby sporting clay course completes the Tryon Resort family of brands at Cleghorn Gun Club and the Cleghorn Golf & Sports Club.

Tickets for Rodeo Carolina are on sale now and can be purchased online at tryon.com or etix.com or via the phone to PBR Customer Service at (800) 732-1727.

Since launching in May 2018, the WCRA and its partners have awarded more than $15.7 Million in new money to rodeo athletes. All rodeo athletes interested in learning more about the WCRA or the VRQ should be directed to wcrarodeo.com.

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