Need a Family Lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina?
The Charleston, SC family lawyers at the Seaton Law Office have the experience that you need to maximize your chances of success in your family law case, including:
- Simple divorces,
- Complex divorces,
- Child support matters,
- Child custody matters,
- Alimony, and
Family law matters like divorce and child custody often involve high-anxiety, stressful experiences, and you need a steady, calm, determined advocate who knows South Carolina family law inside and out to help you achieve your goals.
The family lawyers at the Seaton Law Office will help you to identify your next steps, including which pleadings you must file, the courts you must file them in, the appropriate motions to file, and what you need to accomplish in negotiations to keep your case out of court whenever possible.
Whether your case calls for skillful negotiations or a more heavy-handed approach, the family lawyers at Seaton Law Office will walk through the fire with you.
We will be with you every step of the way – answering your questions, negotiating on your behalf, and helping you to prepare for hearings or trial.
The Charleston, SC family lawyers at the Seaton Law Office
care about you, your family, and your case.
When you call our office, we will:
- Meet with you to learn about your case, answer your questions, identify your goals in your family court case, and help you to determine your next steps,
- Prepare the pleadings needed to accomplish your goals, whether that is a divorce complaint, a petition for separate support and maintenance, or an action to enforce child support payments,
- Serve the appropriate parties to the action,
- Gather the evidence that we will need to prove your case,
- Retain private investigators or expert witnesses as needed,
- Negotiate the terms of a settlement agreement whenever possible, and
- Represent your interests at mediation, motion hearings, and your final family court hearing.
The family lawyers at the Seaton Law Office have the experience you need to
handle your family law case and achieve the best possible outcome given the facts of your case.
Whether you are preparing to file a divorce action, answering a divorce complaint that was served on you, seeking child support payments from your child’s other parent, or seeking to adopt a child into your family, we are committed to achieving your goals and protecting you and your children at every step of the process.
They are very good at what they do! Go see them today and be worry free!
– Kipp Cavadias
Great Lawyer, will definitely use again when needed. Thank You Beau!
– Charles McGee
He truly cares about his clients!! A wonderful lawyer!!
– Lamarr Richardson
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Learn more about family court proceedings
in Charleston, South Carolina:
Pleadings in Charleston, South Carolina Family Court Cases
Most family court proceedings begin with the filing of a Summons and Complaint, which describes the type of action you are filing and the relief that you are requesting from the court.
This could include:
- A divorce from your former spouse,
- Child support payments from your child’s noncustodial parent,
- A final adoption of a child into your family,
- An action asking the court to give you custody of a child, or
- A court action seeking to enforce a prior family court order.
Child Custody Actions in Charleston, South Carolina
Child custody can be sought as part of divorce proceedings or in a separate family court action, depending on the circumstances.
In either case, child custody is determined based on the best interest of the child after considering the statutory factors.
South Carolina Code § 63-15-230 says that the family court must “make the final custody determination in the best interest of the child based upon the evidence presented.”
South Carolina Code § 63-15-240(B) contains a list of factors that the court must consider when deciding the best interest of the child.
Divorce in Charleston, South Carolina
If you are seeking a divorce in Charleston, SC, the first step may be the filing of a divorce complaint that alleges one of the five grounds for divorce in SC:
- One year’s continuous separation (a no-fault divorce),
- Physical Cruelty,
- Habitual drunkenness, or
Once the Complaint has been filed and served on the defendant spouse, they must file an Answer within 30 days admitting or denying the claims and asserting any counterclaims.
Adoptions in Charleston, South Carolina
Family court is not just about divorce and child custody – if you are seeking to adopt a child in Charleston, SC, your family law attorneys at the Seaton Law Office can help.
We are prepared to assist our clients in finalizing all types of adoptions, including:
- Foster parent adoptions,
- Relative adoptions,
- Step-parent adoptions,
- Grandchild adoptions,
- Open adoptions,
- Closed adoptions,
- Private adoptions, and
- Adoptions through adoption agencies.
Your family lawyer in Charleston, SC has years of experience successfully representing clients in Charleston, SC family court, including:
- Filing complex and simple divorce proceedings,
- Negotiating child custody, child support, alimony, and division of property issues to protect our clients’ interests,
- Filing family court actions to enforce child custody, child support, and alimony orders,
- Filing family court actions to modify child custody, child support, or alimony orders,
- Finalizing adoptions,
- Negotiating and drafting separation agreements and settlement agreements,
- Assisting our clients in resolving their cases through mediation,
- Litigating complex proceedings in South Carolina’s family courts,
- Obtaining protective orders for vulnerable clients and their children, and
- Trying complex family law cases that cannot be resolved through negotiations or mediation.
When you choose our Charleston, South Carolina family law attorneys to handle your case, you will receive personal attention directly from your lawyer.
We make communication with our clients a priority, will answer your questions, and will keep you up to date on what is happening in your case throughout the process.
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