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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 Mauldin, 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 Mauldin, 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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Latest News in Mauldin, SC

Work continues on plans for new sports stadium in Mauldin

MAULDIN, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The idea of building a new multi-purpose sports stadium in Mauldin continues.It’s been nearly a year and a half since the proposal was initially set back by the Greenville County Finance Committee.“This stadium would be a complete game changer for the upper part of South Carolina,” said Mauldin Mayor Terry Merritt.Plans for the stadium, which would hold between 8,000-10,000 people and host around 150 events a year, including Triumph and Liberty soccer games, were introduce...

MAULDIN, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The idea of building a new multi-purpose sports stadium in Mauldin continues.

It’s been nearly a year and a half since the proposal was initially set back by the Greenville County Finance Committee.

“This stadium would be a complete game changer for the upper part of South Carolina,” said Mauldin Mayor Terry Merritt.

Plans for the stadium, which would hold between 8,000-10,000 people and host around 150 events a year, including Triumph and Liberty soccer games, were introduced in early 2022. The price tag is $38.6 million.

“This is a complicated project because it’s got five different entities involved and bringing them up to speed and knowing what the players want and what could be,” said Merritt.

In 2022, Greenville County Council Finance Committee voted against letting the county administrator negotiate on the project. The new county council later voted to authorize those discussions.

But Chair of the Finance Committee Butch Kirven says there are no active discussions about the stadium by the county council.

“We agree it would be a very nice project, a wonderful project, a regional project, good for Mauldin. The location is good, a lot of development going on over there. But something would have to change,” he said.

Some funding is falling into place. In the state budget, $4 million would be sent to Mauldin for the stadium.

“We have the involvement of the state, and then we’ll take that and continue trying to run with it and explain it to our county council, which has their plate extremely full right now,” said Merritt.

Kirven says while the county isn’t in a place to put money into the project right now, it could help in other ways.

“We’re certainly always willing to listen and discuss those and see if they make sense for the county,” he said.

“We’re ready. City of Mauldin is ready. Just tell us,” added Merritt.

The money from the state budget is pending Gov. McMaster’s signature.

Merritt says having the county involved in the project as it is proposed is “critical”.

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First tenant opens at BridgeWay Station in Mauldin

The first tenant has opened at BridgeWay Station, the mixed-use development visible from Interstate 385 in Mauldin.Hughes Investments Inc., the developer of the project, has revealed that The Worx at BridgeWay Station is now open.The Worx is a membership based co-working community that offers a functional and practical environment tailored for freelancers, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and hybrid workers, according to a news release....

The first tenant has opened at BridgeWay Station, the mixed-use development visible from Interstate 385 in Mauldin.

Hughes Investments Inc., the developer of the project, has revealed that The Worx at BridgeWay Station is now open.

The Worx is a membership based co-working community that offers a functional and practical environment tailored for freelancers, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and hybrid workers, according to a news release.

The Worx features four private offices, communal working spaces, conference rooms, and an onsite kitchenette. The co-working space offers a variety of plans for individuals or small businesses, including memberships for Designated Offices, Private Offices, Hot Desks, Day passes, and Business Addresses.

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“At BridgeWay, we’re building a community,” said Phil Hughes, owner and president of Hughes Investments Inc., said in the release. “The Worx is part of our well-rounded list of tenants that will cater to the residents and community in different ways, serving a multitude of desires and needs.”

The co-working space occupies approximately 2,000 square feet of ground floor retail space adjacent to the residential lobby of the Avvio apartments, the release stated. Designated office memberships allow for private key access and the option to leave belongings in a secured area 24/7. The Worx is managed by Hughes Investments, Inc. and will offer memberships to both residents of BridgeWay Station and non-residents.

The Worx at BridgeWay Station will be accompanied by other committed tenants that are outfitting their retail and restaurant spaces, including El Guapo, Le Chic Nails Lounge, Belladina’s Italian Market, The Junkyard, Plum: A Lifestyle Boutique, Yogi’s Cups and Cones, Cocobowlz, City Market at BridgeWay Station, BridgeWay Brewery, Old Europe Desserts, Stella’s Restaurant Group, Rocco and The Plank by Dine Development Group, and Table 301, according to the release.

These retailers will be incorporated into the project alongside previously announced office and institutional users, including Dodge Bearings and Power Transmission, GREEN Charter Upstate High School, Jackson Marketing, Motorsports & Events, and Spectrum, the release stated.

Internet Artist Labels South Carolina Bridge "Harambe Memorial"

The internet in 2016 seemed like a simpler place. Attentions were far less stratified than they are today, and there were more world-spanning events that seemed to enter the zeitgeist beyond the terminally online. One of those events was the tragic death of Harambe the western lowland gorilla. The internet took the gorilla’s shooting (after a three-year-old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure) ...

The internet in 2016 seemed like a simpler place. Attentions were far less stratified than they are today, and there were more world-spanning events that seemed to enter the zeitgeist beyond the terminally online. One of those events was the tragic death of Harambe the western lowland gorilla. The internet took the gorilla’s shooting (after a three-year-old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure) and ran with it, posting countless memes and tributes. To this day, people are still proverbially pouring one out for the downed homie.

City to change ‘Harambe Memorial Bridge’ after rogue Google Maps update

After the city of Mauldin, South Carolina announced a vote to name its newest interstate pedestrian bridge crossing I-385, predictably with the most milquetoast name choices possible, one terminally online person took it upon themselves to name the bridge themselves, according to Fox Carolina. Using Google Maps, the anonymous actor gave the bridge its temporary name, The Harambe Memorial Bridge. As part of the performance art piece, a small memorial was set up on the bridge, featuring a small stuffed gorilla, a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon, and a cigarette.

The city was considering such names as Mauldin SkyWay, Mauldin Archway, Mauldin Highway Overpass, Mauldin Gateway Bridge, and Mauldin’s Palmetto Pathway. I’d never heard of Mauldin before the Harambe Memorial Bridge, and because the city wants to be boring, it wants to wipe the name from the bridge to replace it with its own name. This is the problem with local government, it’s never leaning in to doing anything fun. I’m sure just for the joke of it, the city Chamber of Commerce could have gotten some tourism out of this bridge.

You can see the bridge right here on Google Maps. After the buzz around the meme-orial this weekend, the city petitioned Google Maps to remove the name, and has made the bridge impossible to search. It still shows up in Mauldin, South Carolina, but will not allow directions to the landmark any longer. The bridge is nearly officially complete, and an edit request will go to Google after the official name for the bridge is decided upon today.

Progress continues at Mauldin’s Maverick Yards

MAULDIN, S.C. (WSPA) – The city of Mauldin is working with builders on a mixed-use development to create new townhomes, dining, entertainment, and extended access on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.Driving near Jenkins Street, the area is cleared out, making room for new growth.“What you’re seeing today was our old public works facility that we will be putting about 40 to 42 townhomes on. And then behind me, Drew Parker is developing what we are calling the Pickle Yard,” said Mayor Terry Merritt.Merritt ha...

MAULDIN, S.C. (WSPA) – The city of Mauldin is working with builders on a mixed-use development to create new townhomes, dining, entertainment, and extended access on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Driving near Jenkins Street, the area is cleared out, making room for new growth.

“What you’re seeing today was our old public works facility that we will be putting about 40 to 42 townhomes on. And then behind me, Drew Parker is developing what we are calling the Pickle Yard,” said Mayor Terry Merritt.

Merritt has been a longtime resident of the city.

“I’ve been here all my life,” said Merritt. “It’s a good, safe community with recreation, everything we need right in our core.”

On Friday, he showed 7NEWS around the site of the now-demolished public works facility that is home of two new developments.

“We’re putting in four indoor pickleball courts, four pocket restaurants, outdoor entertainment amenities. We will underground the storm water runoff and we’ll put a parking lot on top of it,” said Merritt.

The Parker Group is working with the city to redevelop a 20,000-square-foot industrial warehouse into the future Pickle Yard. It will feature six pickleball courts, restaurants with outdoor seating, a stage for live performances, fire pits, and a beer garden.

The city said it also plans to expand access in that area to the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

“If you study and see the demographics of the demand, we didn’t have it. So it’s exciting for the last ten or twelve years that the councils have seen the vision and know that we’ve got to have a place for the young ones coming,” said Merritt.

Right next door, Longbranch Development is in the beginning phases of constructing more than 40 townhomes. It’s an effort, the city said, to accommodate the area’s growth.

“An old quote from one of our old city administrators: ‘We are a bona fide city and we are growing, and we’re excited about it,'” Merritt added with a smile.

Located on a portion of 6.5 acres of land at the corner of Jenkins Street and Jenkins Court, the city said the Maverick Yards projects kicks off the long-awaited City Center Village.

It’s a part of the city’s goal to create a livable, walkable downtown.

Both the Parker Group’s Pickle Yard project and Longbranch’s new living complex are expected to be complete by the end of 2024.

Mayor Merritt added that Maverick Yards will be a great compliment to the recently completed Maverick Station and BridgeWay Station, which is expected to open its first phase this fall.

Mauldin redefines downtown: Innovative policies foster new ideas about what makes community

For most growing cities and towns, not having a traditional downtown might prove a handicap, but for Mauldin that lack has turned into opportunity.Through forward-looking zoning and land-use policies, the city’s leaders are reimagining what defines community and are using the generational shift in what people want from where they live, work and play to attract a series of marquee projects that have put Mauldin in the vanguard of the Upstate’s most desirable places to be.The challenges of growth...

For most growing cities and towns, not having a traditional downtown might prove a handicap, but for Mauldin that lack has turned into opportunity.

Through forward-looking zoning and land-use policies, the city’s leaders are reimagining what defines community and are using the generational shift in what people want from where they live, work and play to attract a series of marquee projects that have put Mauldin in the vanguard of the Upstate’s most desirable places to be.

The challenges of growth

Like every municipality in Greenville County, Mauldin is absorbing a historic influx of new residents and the businesses needed to serve them. According to Community Development Director J.R. Charles, this poses both challenges and opportunities.

With the county expected to attract as many as 250,000 new residents in the next decade, Charles says one of the biggest challenges is developing the housing needed to accommodate so many people.

“We’re going to have to have housing for every demographic,” he says.

Developers and homebuilders are bringing new projects online in record numbers to meet demand, according to David Dyrhaug, Mauldin director of business and development services.

“We’re in the midst of seeing more homes being built in Mauldin than probably at any one time ever before,” he says.

“We’re in the midst of seeing more homes being built in Mauldin than probably at any one time ever before.” – David Dyrhaug

To illustrate the jump in activity, Dyrhaug says the city averaged about 2,000 building inspections a year in 2017, while 2022 saw more than 18,000 inspections.

Many of those new projects reflect a generational shift in the types of homes people are looking for, according to Seth Duncan, Mauldin’s city administrator.

Townhomes and small lots are increasingly prevalent as both retirees and young families seek housing with fewer maintenance demands. Duncan says the trend is driving a shift to build “up, not out.”

That trend toward more density and the accompanying shift in where people want to spend their time — not at home but out on trails and in parks or enjoying restaurants, shops and entertainment venues such density supports — is the driving force behind such major Mauldin projects as BridgeWay Station, Maverick Station and City Center Village, Duncan says.

“We’re going to be very quickly a city that didn’t have any downtown to having three specific, unique little communities,” he says.

The urban village

That outcome was no accident.

Recognizing growth patterns and how not having a traditional downtown to act as a development magnet might be a handicap, Mauldin’s leaders created a new zoning district — the urban village.

Duncan says the reality is Mauldin is in a competitive market that is striving to attract residents and businesses that have a range of options when coming to the Upstate.

Recognizing that, the city is using form-based zoning like the urban-village district to attract the kinds of projects people want, and no other project in the city represents that approach better, at least in terms of scale, than BridgeWay Station.

The project is being built by Greenville developer Phil Hughes, founder of Hughes Investments.

The 40-acre development adjacent to Interstate 385 is rapidly taking shape as a purpose-built town center incorporating a range of residential, retail and restaurant, office, and entertainment options meant to be a self-contained community that will be a regional destination.

Hughes says while “vision” is an evocative word to describe the Italianate, old-world design behind the project, the real driving force for BridgeWay Station is practical.

“We just try to give people what we think they want,” he says. “It’s really about that simple.”

But that “simple” aim is based on two extremely pertinent observations: Urban centers offer a concentration of attractions people find appealing, and suburban areas generally offer more space and proximity to a lot more people.

“We’re trying to put the best of downtown with the best of the suburbs,” says Hughes.

In the same vein but on a smaller scale are two other Mauldin projects, City Center Village, and within that, Maverick Station. Both are being developed by The Parker Group and, like BridgeWay Station, are designed to be destinations in and of themselves. The mixed-use projects combine residential, retail and entertainment options that are expected to become popular community hubs.

Drew Parker says the City Center project was a chance to address Mauldin’s lack of a traditional downtown, and he and his team were intrigued by both the opportunities and challenges of placemaking.

“It struck me as the perfect place to build community,” Parker says.

Phase I of the project is complete with the development of Maverick Station, which offers office and restaurant options, including Sully’s Steamers and Bohemian Bull. Phase II will begin later this summer and involve construction of townhomes and a communal space known as Maverick Yards, within which will be a collection of pickleball courts known as The Pickle Yard.

Parker says he envisions the projects will serve as a catalyst for further development that will see City Center Village become a true community hub.

“My goal with this is to kick things off,” he says. “My hope is other developers will see the value of Mauldin and the community we’re creating.”

Here’s a rundown of some of Mauldin’s most recent and significant developments aimed at meeting a mix of needs:

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