At the McGrath Law Firm, PA, we will walk you through every step of the family courts, providing an explanation of every act we take to protect you and your family. We will address your concerns and goals up front in order to achieve your needs as efficiently as possible. The McGrath Law Firm, PA represents clients throughout South Carolina in a variety of family law issues, including:
- Fault-based divorce actions (adultery, physical cruelty, habitual drug use or drunkenness, and desertion) and no-fault actions (one-year continuous separation)
- Separate support and maintenance actions
- Alimony / spousal support
- Child support
- Equitable division / property division
- Debt division
- Business valuations
- Pre-nuptial agreements
- Restraining orders
Your divorce will have a lasting impact on your life, and McGrath Law Firm, PA aims to make the outcome of your divorce one that ends with a satisfactory result. You and your spouse should try to resolve as many issues as you can through voluntary agreement; however, even if your case is an uncontested divorce—meaning that you and your spouse are in agreement on a majority of the terms of your divorce—you should still seek legal guidance. Furthermore, spouses may not agree on who should get what and how their child(ren) will be treated after the divorce, and when the future of your child(ren) hangs in the balance, it is essential to have a team of lawyers who will be aggressive on your behalf in court.
As with all life-changing events, uncertainty is a foregone conclusion. Feelings of doubt, insecurity, or hesitation may cast a shadow over every aspect of your life. The end of your most significant relationship has changed in an instant, and this will have a lasting impact on your life. Our team at McGrath Law Firm, PA strive to ensure that the outcome of your divorce ends with a satisfactory result, and the path towards that success is paved with good intentions for your future.
You and your spouse should try to resolve as many issues as you can through voluntary exchange of information and settlement negotiations. However, even if you have an uncontested divorce – you and your spouse agree on a majority of the terms of your divorce – you will still benefit from seeking legal guidance to ensure that all your rights and responsibilities are clearly established.
Divorce and separation often involve spouses who are unable to agree on any issue, regardless of how big or small. Spouses may not agree on the distribution of assets/debts, or the specific custodial arrangement and visitation schedule for them and their children. When the future of your children hangs in the balance, it is imperative to have a team of legal counsel who will aggressively pursue you and your children’s best interest in court.
Your personal property will be at risk in your divorce. At the McGrath Law Firm, PA we know that the question of how property will be divided is one of the upmost concerns to any person who is involved in a divorce. You may find that what you thought was exclusively yours is in fact not. Most property in a divorce is considered “marital property” and is split amongst the spouses. A judge in family court determines how your property will be divvied out, and while the judge’s ambition is to split property fairly, this does not always mean equally. Our firm will work diligently and listen to the details of your case to ensure that you get what is rightfully yours.
Couples may often opt to draft a prenuptial agreement (also referred to as a premarital agreement) before they get married. This is an important financial conversation to have with your future spouse that can help fortify a strong financial future. When drafting a prenuptial agreement, it is important to have strong legal counsel with a knowledgeable team of lawyers, because if poorly worded you may find that your prenuptial agreement does not get executed to your liking, or may even be considered void. If you are experiencing a divorce and have an existing prenuptial agreement, it is critical to have an ally that will meticulously survey your prenuptial agreement to safeguard your expectations.
Alimony (Spousal Support)
Alimony is one of the most argued facets of any divorce. In the instance of alimony, one spouse requests alimony in hopes that the courts will find that he/she needs additional financial assistance from the other spouse to maintain a certain standard of living. This is often true of couples who have been married for a long period of time (typically over seven years), or when one spouse is heavily dependent on the other. However long you have been married, it is important to have legal help to protect you against exaggerated or extravagant claims. Do not put yourself in a position to be taken advantage of in your divorce. With the assistance of McGrath Law Firm, you can proceed with confidence knowing that you will be treated fairly in the instance of a request for alimony.
You deserve an experienced ally in your divorce. Contact McGrath Law Firm today to learn more about your rights, or explore our website for more details on the specific concerns that may arise during your divorce.
Child Custody & Visitation
- Actions incident to divorce
- Relocation actions
- Paternity actions
Divorce can be a particularly trying time for spouses who have children. You want what is best for your child(ren) and our law firm cares about how your child(ren) are treated in your divorce. You, as an outstanding parent, have the right to shelter your child and make important decisions in your child(ren)’s life. Therefore, you should be equipped with the knowledge needed to protect your child(ren) against an abusive or unfit parent. The determination of the future of your child(ren) rests on several factors which can be argued in court. With the guidance of McGrath Law Firm, you will be able to determine, on your own terms, how your child(ren)’s time is spent with both spouses, who can make what decisions in your child(ren)’s life and to what extent.