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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 Pacolet Mills, 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 Pacolet Mills, 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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Benjamin E. Mays School alumni eye Middle School of Pacolet for community resource center

Alumni of the Benjamin E. Mays Consolidated School are banding together to save their former school and help it see new life in the community.The group, a committee of alumni and other community members, would like to see the soon-to-be decommissioned school become a community resource center, providing family, education, health and financial services to the people of Pacolet."Pacolet was determined over three decades ago to be a poverty stricken area, so what we are wanting to do is use that building to fir...

Alumni of the Benjamin E. Mays Consolidated School are banding together to save their former school and help it see new life in the community.

The group, a committee of alumni and other community members, would like to see the soon-to-be decommissioned school become a community resource center, providing family, education, health and financial services to the people of Pacolet.

"Pacolet was determined over three decades ago to be a poverty stricken area, so what we are wanting to do is use that building to first and primarily help the economic conditions there in Pacolet," said Vivian Teamer, who graduated from Benjamin E. Mays in 1964.

Benjamin E. Mays Consolidated School opened in 1953 as a school for Black students in Spartanburg School District Three, serving Pacolet's elementary school students and all of the district's students in grades 7-12. After schools integrated in 1970, the school was renamed and repurposed several times in the following three decades becoming the school it is today, Middle School of Pacolet, serving grades 6-8, in 1993.

However, the school will be closed in August when students from Middle School of Pacolet and Cowpens Middle School consolidate as the new Clifdale Middle in the renovated former Clifdale Elementary.

The Benjamin E. Mays Consolidated School was the first of five public schools in the nation to be named after South Carolina native and SC Hall of Fame member Benjamin E. Mays, a writer, minister, educator, humanitarian, philosopher and early opponent to segregation. Mays mentored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Morehouse College.

Ultimately, the group hopes to restore Benjamin E. Mays' legacy in Pacolet and would name the community center for him.

"The reason we want to continue to keep Dr. Mays' name going is because he's a vital resource, from a historical point of view, that would let people know that we're still on the move upward and we still have families and communities in mind," said committee member Rev. Lewis Mills, of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Greer.

The group asked Spartanburg County School District Three officials for an extension to allow them time to raise funds for and complete a feasibility study for the project, and the school board will make their decision soon.

In the meantime, the group has begun fundraising for the study. They held their most recent fundraiser at the school on June 12 and have also opened an account with The Spartanburg County Foundation to collect donations for the study and their future plans for the building.

If they succeed in acquiring the former school, the group plans to maintain it and partner with community organizations who would provide programming, like tutoring, parenting classes, mental health and financial planning services, and commercial drivers license training. The committee also hopes to house a GED program and testing center in the building.

"(Mays spent his life in education and developing families and individuals, and that's what we want to continue to do," Mills said.

Samantha Swann covers Spartanburg County K-12 schools and colleges and the food scene in downtown and beyond. She is a University of South Carolina Upstate and Greenville Technical College alumna. Contact her at JSwann@gannett.com.

Spartanburg business owner accused of embezzling more than $500K in Pacolet town funds

chughes@gannett.comA Spartanburg man and representative of an Upstate construction company is accused of pocketing more than $500,000 paid to him by the Town of Pacolet to refurbish and repurpose an aging mill building, according to arrest warrants.Thursday, agents with the State Law Enforcement Division arrested 64-year-old Callis Anderson, of 104 Camden Drive, and charged him with embezzling $10,000 or more; breach of trust, $10,000 or more; and failure to pay employees.In June 2014, Pacolet contracted w...

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A Spartanburg man and representative of an Upstate construction company is accused of pocketing more than $500,000 paid to him by the Town of Pacolet to refurbish and repurpose an aging mill building, according to arrest warrants.

Thursday, agents with the State Law Enforcement Division arrested 64-year-old Callis Anderson, of 104 Camden Drive, and charged him with embezzling $10,000 or more; breach of trust, $10,000 or more; and failure to pay employees.

In June 2014, Pacolet contracted with the Anderson Group, Anderson's company, to convert a disused mill building known as the "Cloth Room," into a multipurpose community center, according to a statement from SLED. Over the course of the next three years, the town paid The Anderson Group roughly $568,360 for work on the building.

The work has never been completed, and the warrants state that Anderson used the funds for "personal use and gain."

The warrants state that Anderson also failed to pay a company he contracted with to complete the project.

Pacolet Mayor Michael Meissner said he became suspicious when the town continued to receive invoices for the project with little to no discernible progress on the Cloth Room.

"When I saw how much money had been spent and how much work had actually been done, it really didn't match," he said.

Meissner said the Anderson Group also approached the town at one point during the project and said the renovations would cost more than anticipated. To raise the extra capital, Meissner said he started a personal fund-raising campaign, and the town took out a bond.

"So a bond's going to raise everyone's taxes for a little bit until it's paid off," he said. "... It's a burden on everyone in the community to complete the work, and he didn't complete it."

Meissner reached out to SLED, which recently provided an investigative file to the state Attorney General's Office. Based on the findings of SLED's investigation, Assistant Attorney General James Haarsgaard said there is sufficient evidence to charge Anderson.

Meissner said he's hopeful the charges are the first step to a satisfying resolution for the town.

"I hope that justice can be served for the citizens and that we can get restitution," he said.

Contractor pleads guilty in one of South Carolina's 'largest frauds against a small town,' AG says

COLUMBIA, S.C. —A South Carolina contractor has pleaded guilty in what the state Attorney General's Office calls one of the state's largest frauds against a small town.Attorney General Alan Wilson said Wednesday that Callis J. Anderson, Jr., 68, pleaded guilty to breach of trust, obtaining money or property under false pretenses, and embezzlement felony charges.Above video about Anderson's arrest was published on June 18, 2019....

COLUMBIA, S.C. —

A South Carolina contractor has pleaded guilty in what the state Attorney General's Office calls one of the state's largest frauds against a small town.

Attorney General Alan Wilson said Wednesday that Callis J. Anderson, Jr., 68, pleaded guilty to breach of trust, obtaining money or property under false pretenses, and embezzlement felony charges.

Above video about Anderson's arrest was published on June 18, 2019.

The case began in 2014 when the Spartanburg County town of Pacolet had a dream to build a Senior Center, which they planned to do by transforming an old mill building Milliken had gifted the town, Wilson's office said.

The town received gifts and grants to secure funding for the project and then hired Anderson to oversee the largest and final portion of the project, the transformation of part of the Mill’s old cloth room into a senior activity center, complete with a commercial kitchen so healthy meals could be prepared at the center.

Anderson pleaded guilty to taking money that was intended for the kitchen and other portions of the project and stealing it.

Because of Anderson’s theft, the town ran short of money and had to take out a loan, which was supposed to be sufficient to complete it. Anderson embezzled a portion of that money as well and never completed the project, resulting in the town being in debt and having to repay grants and loans without getting the desired recreation center.

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Circuit Judge Daniel Martin sentenced Anderson on Tuesday to two 10-year sentences and one one-year sentence and ordered him to pay restitution of $115,000, officials said.

They said Anderson immediately paid $60,000 of the restitution, with the judge ordering all sentences suspended to five years of probation, provided the balance of the restitution is paid.

Pacolet Mayor Ned Camby released this statement about Anderson's guilty plea:

"Today was a great day. Callis Anderson—the man who stole the town of Pacolet’s hopes and dreams of a beautiful, welcoming, and special place for all its citizens, but especially its senior citizens, to get together and play, eat, and socialize, has been held accountable for what he did to our town."

Wilson emphasized the importance of prosecutions like Anderson's case.

"Contractor and other white-collar fraud can be every bit as devastating as losses from other types of crimes," Wilson said. "For small towns, the outcome is especially devastating because they have less public money and are disproportionally hurt by these schemes."

The case was investigated by South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Special Agents Jacob Pridgen and Todd Ruffner and South Carolina Attorney General Investigator Valerie Williams and prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Donald Zelenka and Special Assistant Attorney Generals Tracy Meyers and John Meadors. Mr. Anderson was represented by attorneys Rick Vieth, Jennifer Wells, David Collins, and Stephen Denton, all of Spartanburg.

Spartanburg’s Drayton Mills redevelopment offers glimpse of community reimagined

The redevelopment of Drayton Mills and the surrounding neighborhood continues to take shape and points to how developers are reimagining this historic Spartanburg community.The prospect of bringing new life and vitality to an area that has played such an important role in Spartanburg’s cultural and economic history is exciting, according to Jennifer Calabria, director of land development for ...

The redevelopment of Drayton Mills and the surrounding neighborhood continues to take shape and points to how developers are reimagining this historic Spartanburg community.

The prospect of bringing new life and vitality to an area that has played such an important role in Spartanburg’s cultural and economic history is exciting, according to Jennifer Calabria, director of land development for Pacolet Milliken.

The company manages a portfolio of land holdings across the region totaling more than 26,000 acres. Among those holdings are properties centered on Drayton, and the company is working with CBRE senior associate Brian Scurlock to develop projects that will further develop and redefine Drayton and Spartanburg’s east side.

So far, the mill and the 16 acres on which it sits have been redeveloped into luxury loft apartments and a thriving community of retail shops, offices and restaurants. The redeveloped mill, according to Calabria and Scurlock, is envisioned to be the central hub of a new, modern Drayton community with its own distinct identity, rather like Atlanta’s Buckhead.

As part of that strategic vision, Pacolet Milliken donated property near Mary Black Hospital to Spartanburg School District Seven, which subsequently built a new Drayton Mills Elementary School there. Dan Ryan Builders is developing the Trailside at Drayton Mills neighborhood centered on Dalmatian Drive behind the school, and Calabria says this is an important part of bringing new life and identity back to Drayton.

“We knew it was a special community … and we wanted to do something to help it, revitalize the area and figure out who it wants to be and what it wants to be,” Calabria says.

So far those efforts amount to between $150 million and $200 million in investments by Pacolet Milliken and others to bring new life to Drayton. The next phases will involve bringing more retail options to a 6-acre parcel across Drayton Road from the mill and developing more housing options along Floyd Street behind the mill where Pacolet Milliken owns about 170 acres of undeveloped land.

“We’re trying to create a critical mass,” Scurlock says. “We want Drayton to become less of a pass-through and more of a community destination.”

Drayton Mill historic facts

Textile roots serve as foundation for new vision of community

For decades, abandoned textile mills have stood as proud but derelict reminders of South Carolina’s manufacturing history; however, recent redevelopment trends are bringing new life to communities whose vitality had waned with the closing of those mills.What’s happening in two such communities – Drayton in...

For decades, abandoned textile mills have stood as proud but derelict reminders of South Carolina’s manufacturing history; however, recent redevelopment trends are bringing new life to communities whose vitality had waned with the closing of those mills.

What’s happening in two such communities – Drayton in Spartanburg County and Piedmont in Greenville County – demonstrates how, increasingly, such communities are being reimagined, reinvigorated and renewed.

History as prelude

Drayton Mills contributed significant horsepower to the engine that powered Spartanburg’s economic health for decades and served as the beating heart of a thriving textile community scarcely a stone’s throw from downtown.

Like many textile plants across the state, the mill and its surrounding community suffered a long decline through the latter half of the 20th century. And like many other plants, Drayton Mill sat vacant for years before redevelopment took place.

Unlike many other such sites, the mill was owned by a company, Pacolet Milliken, that served as a caretaker with the goal of bringing new life and purpose to the property. The family-owned investment company was spun out of Milliken and Co. in 2007 and inherited a portfolio of assets and more than 30,000 acres of property across the region.

That connection to the Milliken family’s textile history and vested interest in the economic health and wellbeing of the community help drive Pacolet Milliken’s investment priorities, according to Jennifer Calabria, director of land development for the firm.

Calabria explains the vision behind the various aspects of Drayton’s redevelopment is equal parts honoring the rich heritage of the community and providing a welcoming, attractive home for the new residents and businesses flocking to the region in record numbers.

The early phase of Drayton’s revival saw the mill, which was built in 1905, converted into luxury loft apartments. The 16-acre site has also welcomed the Drayton Mills Marketplace, home to restaurants, shops and offices. Across Drayton Road from the mill complex is a project developed by Orange Capital, an apartment complex called The Lively Drayton Mills.

Calabria says one of the ongoing goals for the project is to develop more single-family housing options to the area. That effort is being spearheaded by Dan Ryan Builders, whose Trailside at Drayton Mills project is mid-way to completion of phase one involving construction of 51 townhomes, more than 30 of which have already been sold.

The project adjoins the new Drayton Mills Elementary School and is traversed by Spartanburg’s popular Daniel Morgan Trail. Those two amenities are key elements attracting new residents to the area, according to Marv McDaris, division president for Dan Ryan Builders.

“Our vision is to create a great-looking community that’s a great place to live,” McDaris says.

The townhomes average about 1,500-1,600 square feet and are priced under $250,000. This type of home with its proximity to trails, schools and retail options are increasingly popular with young professionals starting families and empty nesters who embrace what McDaris describes as a “lock-and-leave” lifestyle. This attitude sees home as a place where you “keep your stuff” but where people spend much of their time enjoying nearby amenities.

Location, location, location

Understanding such generational shifts in where people want to live and how they want to spend their time led Larry Webb to have a eureka moment while looking at a building in Piedmont in Greenville County.

Webb is a senior advisor for investments and development at KDS Commercial Properties and was looking at the old Piedmont Mercantile Building in the community’s downtown in 2019 when a car full of young people helped him see the building’s potential. The group told Webb that they’d been eyeing the area as a place to set down roots, given its lower cost of living compared to downtown Greenville, but they wanted amenities like coffee shops, restaurants, cafes and so on.

That encounter prompted Webb to buy the building and embark on a years-long project to restore the building that is expected to get underway in the coming months.

Undaunted by the delays brought on by the pandemic or the time-consuming procedural delays in getting the building listed as a historic structure or in obtaining state and federal tax credits for the project, Webb is confident that his efforts will pay dividends for the community.

Slated to return the building to its original 1905 condition, the project is already serving as something of a springboard for others to bring their own development projects to Piedmont.

The adjacent 12-acre site of the historic mill Piedmont Number One, which sat vacant until it burned down in 1982, will be the site of up to 60 new townhomes planned by Brad Skelton of Red Oak Developers.

Skelton says the site’s picturesque setting beside the Saluda River and location just a 15-minute drive from downtown Greenville make it an attractive prospect for the thousands of new residents flocking to the Upstate.

“Piedmont is a hidden gem,” Skeleton says. “Piedmont in five or six years will be a destination for people to live.”

He says work on the site is expected to begin by the fourth quarter of this year and expects demand to be strong.

Webb says his project is 70% pre-leased with offices, a tap house and coffee shop among the future tenants.

Skelton says between his project and the mercantile building and another project across the river on the Anderson County side, which will eventually be connected by a planned pedestrian bridge, Piedmont is poised to experience a renaissance.

“We’ve got a lot of runway in front of us,” he says.

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