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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 Slater, 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 Slater, SC, can answer those questions and make alimony easier to understand and approach.

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Family Law Attorney Slater, SC

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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Matthew Slater mum on future after Patriots honor longtime captain with special hoodies in Week 18

FOXBORO -- There were several special moments for Patriots captain Matthew Slater ahead of Sunday's game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. It may have been the final game of Slater's 16-year career, which he spent the entirety of in New Engalnd.But Slater wouldn't discuss his future following New England's 17-3 loss to the Jets at Gillette Stadium."Let's talk about that another day," the 38-year-old told reporters when asked if Sunday was it for him.Slater instead wanted to doll out some gratitude ...

FOXBORO -- There were several special moments for Patriots captain Matthew Slater ahead of Sunday's game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. It may have been the final game of Slater's 16-year career, which he spent the entirety of in New Engalnd.

But Slater wouldn't discuss his future following New England's 17-3 loss to the Jets at Gillette Stadium.

"Let's talk about that another day," the 38-year-old told reporters when asked if Sunday was it for him.

Slater instead wanted to doll out some gratitude for his teammates. The Patriots honored their 13-year captain on Sunday by wearing No. 18 hoodies during warmups. Players and owner Robert Kraft donned the Slater-themed threads, which included a list of Slater's accolades over his 16 year career. who honored him ahead of the game with special hoodies during warmups.

"I just want to express my thanks to the guys in that locker room today. Very appreciative for all the love and the support that I received this whole season, and today and this week," said Slater. "I'm very proud of this group, even though the season was what it was. Getting to work with those guys really meant a lot to me.

"I was blown away by it.," he said of the sweatshirts. "I never wanted anything about my experience here to be about me, so it did make me a little uncomfortable. But to have those guys do that, I'll never be able to put into words. It meant a lot to me."

Slater even got to share a special moment with his parents on the field ahead of the game. Slater's dad -- Hall of Fame offensive lineman Jackie Slater -- and his mom Annie were both on the field prior to Sunday's kickoff. The veteran special teamer made sure to give them a big hug before getting into game mode.

Slater credits his parents for where he is now and everything that he has accomplished on the football field. And those accomplishments are plentiful.

The 38-year-old is not just one of the best special teams players to ever lace up a pair of cleats, but he's also one of the most-respected players in the NFL.

Slater tributes weren't just limited to the field at Gillette Stadium. Former teammates Tom Brady and Julian Edelman each took to social media to honor Slater, with Brady calling his former teammate, "One of a kind in every way" in a post to his Instagram account.

Edelman didn't have any words to share, so he went with a Vince McMahon meme.

Slater was beloved by anyone who made their way through Foxboro throughout his 16-year career. He hasn't made any definitive statement about his future, but he certainly sounds like someone who is nearing the end of his career.

Slater took time to thank New England fans for all of their support -- both on the field and in the community -- after the game.

"To be embraced by this community and fanbase has meant a great deal to me and my family, so thank you," said Slater.

Matt Geagan

Matthew Geagan is a sports writer and producer for CBS Boston and wbz.com. He has been part of the WBZ sports team for nearly 20 years.

Open Space Institute acquires 3,800 acres for conservation in Jasper County

As development continues throughout the Lowcountry, an organization recently announced its $16 million purchase of land in Jasper County to be protected for public use.The Open Space Institute said it closed May 20 on the 3,800-acre Slater tract in northern Jasper County. The purchase makes it "one of the largest conservation investments in state history," according to the institute.The institute said it plans to transfer the property to the South Carolina Department of Resources as funding becomes avai...

As development continues throughout the Lowcountry, an organization recently announced its $16 million purchase of land in Jasper County to be protected for public use.

The Open Space Institute said it closed May 20 on the 3,800-acre Slater tract in northern Jasper County. The purchase makes it "one of the largest conservation investments in state history," according to the institute.

The institute said it plans to transfer the property to the South Carolina Department of Resources as funding becomes available.

"The purchase and use of the property as a wildlife management area accomplishes goals identified in the county’s 2018 comprehensive plan as well as the county’s Natural Resources Conservation Plan of 2007, which specifically recognized the Slater tract as a primary longleaf pine protection area," Jasper County administrator Andy Fulghum said.

Fulghum said the land will be protected and programmed for use by residents and visitors. It encompasses 3,800 acres of mature upland pinelands, bottomland forests and cypress/tupelo swamps, a news release said.

Eleven miles of the Coosawhatchie River and its tributaries are within the borders of the property, OSI said, and the swamp and upland forests "mitigate downstream flooding and to sustain water quality in Port Royal Sound."

“The Slater property fully incorporates every characteristic that justifies land protection in South Carolina,” OSI senior vice president and Southeast Office director Nate Berry said in the release.

Berry said the tract "expands public access in an area where public lands are relatively scarce; it protects water quality and fisheries in the Port Royal Sound estuary and the Broad River; it secures habitat that is essential for hundreds of varieties of plants and animals, and it helps mitigate climate change by storing hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon.”

The release said the closest public property is a 40-minute drive for most Jasper County residents. It said the Slater tract will provide opportunities for fishing, hunting and other recreation.

"The property will be quickly designated as a heritage preserve and wildlife management area by the state, making it perpetually available for public enjoyment for hunting, fishing, hiking, wildlife watching, and significant public educational opportunities to include academic research and local school outdoor lab opportunities," Fulghum said.

The tract "is the anchor property for a larger initiative in this region to permanently protect habitat for rare, threatened, and endangered species of plants and animals," the release said.

"Multiple aquatic systems and sensitive species along five miles of frontage on the Coosawhatchie and Tulifinny rivers will be protected while the diversity of wildland recreation opportunities in Jasper County will be expanded, increasing tourist attraction, stimulating the economy, and providing an opportunity to educate all on the wise use and management of our natural resources," Fulghum said.

The property includes a sand ridge that hosts a growing population of 150 gopher tortoises. A federally designated “at risk” species, gopher tortoises excavate burrows that provide habitats for dozens of other animals, making it a “keystone” species, the release said.

“We are excited about the protection of the Slater tract and appreciate the partnership of OSI to ensure this tract remains a key piece for natural resources, such as the state endangered gopher tortoise,” DNR director Robert Boyles said.

Other rare animals at the site include southern hognose snakes, federally protected Rafinesque’s big-eared bats, bald eagles, Florida pine snakes and eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, OSI said.

The Slater tract links the ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge with the Southern Lowcountry Focus Area, according to the release. Combined, they "cover more than a tenth of South Carolina’s land area, and constitute one of the largest undeveloped, ecologically intact regions on the East Coast."

“The protection of Slater is not just a game changer for future ecosystem protection and land use in this region. It is the game changer,” said Chris Marsh, director of the Spring Island Trust and the Lowcountry Institute said. “OSI’s protection of the Slater Tract is a huge win for all those who love the outdoors in the region because it represents the first critical step in protecting the headwaters of the Port Royal Sound.”

Conservation group buys 3rd Jasper County property totaling 5,000 acres. What’s it for?

A newly purchased 929-acre tract of land in Jasper County near the Coosawhatchie River will be preserved for public use and protect essential wildlife in the area, growing an already existing conservation assemblage to more than 5,000 acres in less than a year.The land was purchased by the Open Space Institute’s southeast office, which says it intends to transfer the property to the S.C. Department...

A newly purchased 929-acre tract of land in Jasper County near the Coosawhatchie River will be preserved for public use and protect essential wildlife in the area, growing an already existing conservation assemblage to more than 5,000 acres in less than a year.

The land was purchased by the Open Space Institute’s southeast office, which says it intends to transfer the property to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to develop the necessary infrastructure needed at the property “as funding come available.”

The most recently purchased tract contains mature productive wetlands, adding to the institute’s acquisitions of the 3,800-acre “Slater” for $16 million and 336-acre “Slater Duck Ponds” parcels, the former being one of the largest land conservation agreements in South Carolina history. This third purchase expands the gopher tortoise habitat established at the Slater property, which has one of the largest colonies of gopher tortoises in the eastern United States. It also has a habitat conducive for the possible reintroduction of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, a federally endangered species.

“The Slater acquisitions prove that despite mounting development pressure, large-scale conservation for nature and the public is both achievable and critically important,” Nate Berry, OSI’s Southeast Office director, said in a county news release. “Each of the three Slater tracts are amazing on their own. Together they are remarkable.”

In addition to the conservation aspect, the property is open for public use providing opportunities for hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, and cycling located in a central spot about a 30-minute drive from Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, and Savannah.

“At over 5,000 acres and $20 million, the Slater project represents a new and transformative era of investment in Jasper County,” Jasper County Administrator Andrew Fulghum said in the release.

“This outstanding conservation victory was made possible by OSI’s visionary leadership, and we are grateful. What’s equally exciting is that Slater builds on the County’s 2021 Conservation Finance Feasibility Study and sets the stage for a larger, collaborative conservation investment effort for our region.”

Protection of the two properties, both located near the Coosawhatchie River, comes as Jasper and Beaufort counties are facing immense growth and development pressures.

This story was originally published April 8, 2022, 11:00 AM.

Evan Slater Moves to Sun Bum; David Brooks to Authentic; More Boardriders Hiring News

Former Billabong VP of Global Marketing Evan Slater has landed an elevated role at sunscreen company Sun Bum. He starts his new job today.Slater is the new chief marketing officer at Encinitas-based Sun Bum, which has a foothold in surf and many ...

Former Billabong VP of Global Marketing Evan Slater has landed an elevated role at sunscreen company Sun Bum. He starts his new job today.

Slater is the new chief marketing officer at Encinitas-based Sun Bum, which has a foothold in surf and many other markets. Moving to Sun Bum will broaden Slater’s experience beyond the surf market, where he has a deep history.

Slater worked at Billabong for nearly five years, and prior to that spent nearly 10 years at Hurley in leadership positions in global marketing. He transitioned to the brand side of the business after working his way up through the editorial ranks in endemic media, including serving as editor-in-chief of Surfing Magazine.

In addition to sun protection, Sun Bum makes hair care and lip care products.

Sun Bum was acquired by SC Johnson in 2019 for an undisclosed sum. SC Johnson is privately held and generates more than $10 billion in annual revenue.

Related news: See our story about Roark hiring two longtime Billabong employees here.

RVCA’s David Brooks to Authentic Brands Group

Former RVCA Global General Manager David Brooks accepted the position of executive vice president of lifestyle brands at Authentic Brands Group.

Brooks’ appointment follows Friday’s official closing of Authentic’s purchase of the Boardriders group.

He now oversees management of the Quiksilver, Roxy, Billabong, Volcom, DC Shoes, RVCA, Element, Spyder, VonZipper, Honolua, and Boardriders brands in his new position.

Brooks served as RVCA global general manager for the past two years. Prior to that, he held several positions at the Boardriders group over the course of nearly seven years, the most recent of which was RVCA global general manager and Boardriders partnerships, licensing, and business development.

Quiksilver’s Zachary Holsombach Moves to Licensee

Zachary Holsombach, the former senior product manager at Quiksilver Snow and Waterman’s, is taking a new job with the Levy Group, one of the new licensing partners for the Boardriders brands.

Holsombach’s new job is vice president of merchandising and design for technical outerwear for the Dakineand Roxy brands at the Levy Group.

Dakine is owned by Marquee Brands and was not part of the Boardriders portfolio. According to a memo Boardriders sent to retailers, the Levy Group has the license for Roxy women’s swimwear, and casual and performance outerwear going forward.

“I have been at Quiksilver for 22 years and have had the pleasure of working with many amazing and talented people,” Holsombach told SES. “My journey started in the Quiksilver visual arts department and then I moved to the product side. Ever since, I’ve been captivated with the culture, the business, and the creative process.

“As our industry continues to evolve, I’m looking forward to learning new best practices and creating products that consumers love,” he said.

Here's where you can get some back-to-school freebies in Upstate SC

Parents and caregivers don't have to go it alone with when it comes to providing their children with some of the necessities to start school. A host of groups and organizations are stepping in to help with free giveaways that include backpacks, paper, pencils and services.Here's where you can get some of those giveaways:Backpacks will be given away at the following offices on Aug. 9. You do not need to be a patient to participate. The Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway is part of the New Horizons' ...

Parents and caregivers don't have to go it alone with when it comes to providing their children with some of the necessities to start school. A host of groups and organizations are stepping in to help with free giveaways that include backpacks, paper, pencils and services.

Here's where you can get some of those giveaways:

Backpacks will be given away at the following offices on Aug. 9. You do not need to be a patient to participate. The Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway is part of the New Horizons' weeklong celebration of National Health Center Week.

Three hundred drawstring bags filled with school supplies will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Kids can also get free haircuts. Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured people can also get free immunizations if they bring their vaccination record. Refreshments will be offered, along with the opportunity to take photos with Dr. Cleo, Molina’s cat doctor mascot.

The event is free and open to the public.

Free school supplies and backpacks for K-4 through rising eighth-grade students.

Free book bags while supplies last filled with notebook paper, notebooks, pencils, erasers, glue, scissors, crayons, food, and games for students in K-5 grades. Child must be present.

Goody bags for first 200 Family Club members who show their cards or sign up, door prizes, fashion presentations, retailer and vendor tabling, entertainment, shopping, and more.

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Free school supplies while they last. Child must be present.

Free supplies and food to students ages 3-18. Performances, games and giveaways.

Back to School supply giveaway. Vendors, bounce houses, slime station, food, music and more.

1 - 6 p.m. Aug. 18, Sterling Community Center, 113 Minus St., Greenville

More than 1,000 backpacks to be given away. There will also be a community cookout, music bounce houses, and prize giveaways. Children must attend to receive a backpack

Free book bags, school supplies, food, games, STEM activities, and more.

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