If there were one universal truth" it would be that every family is different. We all have our own set of challenges to face and changes to go through. Sometimes" those changes are happy" like when a new baby is born. Other times" these changes involve uncertainty and loss" like in the event of a divorce.
If you are having to go through the pain of divorce" deal with a complicated custody issue" or are handling a different family-related legal matter" you might need help. At Cobb Dill & Hammett" LLC" we understand that family issues are hard. Many of the family law clients that we work for have big questions about the future" leaving them over-stressed and full of worry. They are concerned about their children" their marriage" or both. They are wrestling with uncertainty and anxiety" having been served confusing documents that don't make sense. Sound familiar? A family law attorney in Charleston" SC" can help" whether you need a level-headed moderator or a trusted advocate in the courtroom.
At Cobb Dill & Hammett" LLC" we have decades of combined experience serving the needs of families" from divorce proceedings to family formation issues. Our team is fiercely committed to our clients" and with a dedicated focus" stays up-to-date on the nuanced world of family law in Charleston. If you're looking for personal attention" unbiased representation" and a responsive family law attorney" look no further than our law firm.
If you're unsure of whether you need a family law lawyers in Charleston" ask yourself these questions:
If you answered "yesâ to any of the questions above" know that we are here to help you figure out your next steps. With CDH Law Firm by your side" you can have the confidence to face even the most difficult family law issues. All of our attorneys have years of experience" are incredibly responsive" and fight for your family's rights. We are happy to take as much time as you need to answer questions and help put your mind at ease for whatever lies ahead.
Our firm specializes in a wide range of family law cases" including:
At Cobb Dill & Hammett" LLC" we know all-too-well that a "one size fits allâ approach isn't going to work very well for your unique situation. That's why we approach each divorce case from a personalized standpoint â something that we feel like each of our clients deserves.
By working together" our divorce law firm will help you rebuild your life and secure a better future for your family.
Unlike divorce law in other states" South Carolina divorce law doesn't allow spouses to receive an instant no-fault divorce. One or both spouses in the marriage must establish a legally acceptable reason for a divorce to happen. Grounds for a divorce in Charleston" SC include:
If you or your spouse do not have the necessary grounds for divorce in Charleston" our family law firm can file a Separate Maintenance and Support action. This step lets the court order child custody" alimony" and marital bills until you can file for your divorce. During this period" Cobb Dill & Hammett" LLC gathers pertinent info on your spouse's character and assets that can strengthen your case" should it be necessary.
A divorce in Charleston means more than the end of a marriage. It involves dividing the parties' debts and assets" determines child support and custody parameters" and can establish alimony. At Cobb Dill & Hammett" LLC" many of our clients are able to reach agreements with their spouse to resolve these issues. Reaching an agreement lets both parties customize the terms of their divorce to conserve resources" avoid trial" and meet the family's needs.
Sometimes" however" two spouses cannot or will not come to terms with an agreement. In these situations" a trial is possible" and litigation is necessary. Our family law attorneys in Charleston" SC. are highly experienced litigators and are well-equipped to handle any disputes revealed in the conference or courtroom.
One of the most heart-wrenching" difficult decisions for parents going through a divorce is resolving child custody and visitation issues. Child custody refers to how much time each parent will spend with their child" and whether they can make decisions for them. According to South Carolina law" child custody and visitation time are based on what is best for the child.
Like other U.S states" a formula is used in South Carolina to determine how much child support a person must pay. This formula recommends the amount of child support based on factors like how much income the parents make" the cost of childcare" and the obligation to support children from other relationships.
In South Carolina" there is no formula to determine how much alimony a person must pay. However" courts consider several factors when deciding if alimony is needed" how much alimony should be paid" and how long a spouse must pay it. Those factors include each spouse's ability and need to pay alimony" how long the marriage lasted" and any marital misconduct that occurred. To make matters more confusing" there are different alimony types" including lump sum" rehabilitative" and reimbursement.
In South Carolina" marital property is the property that each spouse amasses from the date of the wedding to the time a spouse files for divorce. That property can often include marital debt. In a South Carolina divorce" the courts will order an equitable division of property" meaning "fairâ under all circumstances but not necessarily equal.
As mentioned above" decisions that involve child custody and visitation can be contentious for parents" both emotionally and legally. As experienced" empathetic divorce lawyers" we understand how difficult this process can be. When we work with clients going through child custody battles" we always make it a point to be with them through the ups and downs" to help them stay centered. Whether you are the husband or wife in your divorce" we share a common goal: finding an effective way to support your children and assure their wellbeing.
In South Carolina" child custody is a loaded term. In the most general definition" child custody determines when each parent is responsible for the physical care of the child and how much authority each parent has" to make decisions in their child's life.
No two child custody cases are the same" but a negotiated custody arrangement is usually preferred in the judge's eyes" as each parent has input in the process. If the parents cannot come to an amicable resolution" their fate is left in the hands of a Family Court Judge in South Carolina. The focus of child custody law is always on what is in the "best interestsâ of the child. What the judge determines to be the "best interestsâ changes depending on the judge.
There are different variations of "custodyâ in South Carolina (or custody arrangements)" each with varying degrees of authority. When you consult with our family law attorneys at Cobb Dill & Hammett" LLC" we will go over the child custody process in detail and touch on each distinction to eliminate any confusion you have.
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When children are involved in divorce cases" child support is often ordered. Several factors can impact whether child support is ordered" like the income-earning potential of the child's parents" any custody arrangements that are created" and what needs the child may have.
When you trust our family law firm in Charleston for representation" we can help calculate an estimate of how much child support you or your spouse may be ordered to pay. We can also perform a needs-based analysis in cases that involve large amounts of income. At the end of the day" our goal is to make this frustrating process as stress-free as possible for you" so that you can focus on living life and caring for your child.
Alimony (sometimes called spousal support or maintenance) is ordered by the court or negotiated between parties. This kind of spousal support has many factors" like the income of both spouses" how long they were married" and the age of each spouse. Like child custody and child support" trusted legal guidance is strongly recommended if you are facing potential alimony payments. Our family law attorneys will help you reach amicable arrangements for fair and appropriate alimony payments.
At Cobb Dill & Hammett" LLC" your family law attorney in Charleston" SC" will help protect your interests and rights regarding:
When there are no children" marital property" or issues of alimony" divorces often proceed smoothly between amicable spouses. However" most divorces in South Carolina are much more complex. Typically" divorce involves a union between spouses that lasts for years and involves substantial marital property. This property can be personal property" real estate" family businesses" debts" out-of-state property" debts" bank accounts" and more.
In these nuanced situations" the applicable parties need assistance dividing their property. This help most often comes from seasoned family law attorneys like Cobb Dill & Hammett" LLC.
When it comes to distribution of property" certain types of properties that are controversial" even under the property division rules in South Carolina. South Carolina is an equitable distribution state" meaning that marital property is divided equitably but not always equally.
If you are going through a divorce" it's important that you are aware of the following assets and the common issues their division presents:
As Germaine Jenkins confidently chomped on a weedy-looking plant’s stem and flowers, a group of moms and dads tentatively followed her lead.It tasted like broccoli – which made sense, since the plant was a broccoli that had bolted, growing tall stems and delicate yellow flowers. Most gardeners work hard to prevent bolting, but Jenkins allows this natural process at Fresh Future Farm in North Charleston, since this is what produces seeds for next...
As Germaine Jenkins confidently chomped on a weedy-looking plant’s stem and flowers, a group of moms and dads tentatively followed her lead.
It tasted like broccoli – which made sense, since the plant was a broccoli that had bolted, growing tall stems and delicate yellow flowers. Most gardeners work hard to prevent bolting, but Jenkins allows this natural process at Fresh Future Farm in North Charleston, since this is what produces seeds for next year’s crop.
In addition to the broccoli, the parents got to taste borage and several types of mint as they toured the farm, which Jenkins established in 2014 on the grounds of the old Chicora Elementary School, one block off of Rivers Avenue.
“There was nothing here in 2014 but grass,” Jenkins told the group. “And fire ants.”
The parents were part of the nationwide Healthy Families America program, which is run locally by MUSC Children’s Health. It’s a voluntary home-visiting program with the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect.
Pediatrician Luke Edmondson, M.D., oversees the grant that funds MUSC’s program. It’s something he wishes he could offer to every new mother, but funding limitations mean it’s restricted to children considered at risk because of the young age of the mother, low education levels, poverty, drug or alcohol abuse, lack of social support or past Department of Social Services involvement.
Family support specialists make regular visits to each family’s home, where they talk about child development milestones; offer ideas for activities; and help the families to access resources for food, housing, education, child care or other needs. Many of the families are immigrants from Mexico or Central America, so language and cultural education is also a component.
The pandemic was particularly challenging to the program’s typical operations. Home visits were replaced by virtual visits. The family support specialists might swing by a family’s home to drop off food or diapers on the doorstep. But Edmondson was surprised and pleased that families didn’t give up on the program during that time. Most remained engaged.
And on this beautiful blue-sky day, the families gathered together for a bit of community bonding and a bit of learning about organic gardening and nutrition.
The event was held to mark Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Jenkins, who sits on the local Healthy Families America community advisory board, shared some of her personal story – how she arrived in Charleston as a single mother with a 3-year-old and 18-month-old. She talked about how it could be stressful, trying to figure out how to pay bills and to get nutritious food for her children. But she also discovered the calming power of nature.
“For some reason, when I stuck my hands in the soil, a lot of answers came,” she said.
Jenkins’ children are now grown and help with running the farm. Jenkins started it with the idea of providing fresh, healthy food to a neighborhood that lost its last grocery store back in 2005. There’s a small grocery store on site, which sells the produce on a sliding scale and hires locals at a livable wage.
“Along with the vitamins and the beautiful space, we’re growing community,” Jenkins said. “The idea is that if we can figure it out here, then other communities can come together and figure out how to do something similar.”
Jenkins noted that although the produce within the farm is sold, anything that grows over the fence is free for foraging.
“I get excited when I see peach pits because I know the kids are tasting a food that tastes like what their parents would have eaten, without chemicals. It has a lot of flavor and nutrients when you pick it right off the tree,” she said.
After the farm tour, the parents split into two groups. One group helped to lay down wood chips, which suppress weeds and retain water during hot summers, and the other group used some of the site-grown produce to create a chicken pasta salad with a light vinaigrette.
Then, the entire group of parents, children and program staff sat down to enjoy the locally grown, delicious meal.
@travelwithchaiWe know that nothing stands between you and your morning coffee — courtesy of your go-to local shop. Except for, well, sandwich boards, pedestal signs, and outdoor seating along the sidewalk.With that in mind, the City of Charleston is working with businesses to clear unapproved obstacles from walkways. Beginning on Mon., May 16, citations will be issued to businesses using signage and seating without permits or permission within public rights-of-way. Before Monday,...
We know that nothing stands between you and your morning coffee — courtesy of your go-to local shop. Except for, well, sandwich boards, pedestal signs, and outdoor seating along the sidewalk.
With that in mind, the City of Charleston is working with businesses to clear unapproved obstacles from walkways. Beginning on Mon., May 16, citations will be issued to businesses using signage and seating without permits or permission within public rights-of-way. Before Monday, warnings will be issued.
It’s a familiar story: You’re strolling down King Street on your way to a café, when suddenly you see:
~ Half off heels ~~ Come in, we’re open ~~ Get your Taco Tuesday fix ~
Three colorful sandwich boards stand on the sidewalk ahead, and you weave through them to get to the café. You settle on a bench outside the front door of the shop. Starting next week, you could have a totally different experience — no signs, no bench.
There’s already a city ordinance in place to keep walkways clear for public accessibility + safety — check it out here for the full details. Enforcement was temporarily dismissed during the pandemic. Now that crowds are returning to shops, cafés, eateries, and bars as pandemic restrictions have eased, unauthorized signs and seats may be getting the heave-ho.
There are a few work-arounds — signage and seating may be allowed if businesses are approved for permits including encroachment permits or the Sidewalk Café program. Encroachment permits may allow for planters and benches if certain criteria are met. The Sidewalk Café program authorizes food + bev service on a public right-of-way directly adjacent to the business, with rules and regulations.
Keep an eye out on your next walk down King Street and count how many sidewalk signs you see. We’re thinking if several obstacles are removed from walkways in the city, getting that iced Americano is going to be a total cakewalk.
Lying in her hospital bed in an operating room as staff bustled about, preparing for the surgery, the patient quietly teased the doctor: “Have you got all your toys?”He did, he assured her. Her surgery was to be the first at MUSC Health-Charleston Division using the Mazor X Stealth robotic system and Medtronic O-arm mobile X-ray machine. But those “toys” are more than shiny new playthings for surgeons. Neurosurgeon ...
Lying in her hospital bed in an operating room as staff bustled about, preparing for the surgery, the patient quietly teased the doctor: “Have you got all your toys?”
He did, he assured her. Her surgery was to be the first at MUSC Health-Charleston Division using the Mazor X Stealth robotic system and Medtronic O-arm mobile X-ray machine. But those “toys” are more than shiny new playthings for surgeons. Neurosurgeon Bruce Frankel, M.D., believes they will enable the doctors in his division to continue to innovate and improve surgeries for patients, moving MUSC Health to the very cutting edge of spinal surgery offerings.
The patient was clearly in pain, wincing as the anesthesia team lowered the head of the bed as gently as possible. The surgery, a microdiscectomy, was to address that pain. It’s a common procedure to deal with a herniated disc within the spinal column that’s pressing on nerves, causing sciatica.
It is not commonly performed with the Mazor X, however. Although the robotic system wasn’t designed with a discectomy in mind, Frankel wanted to see whether the system’s imaging and navigation capabilities could allow for more precision when performing this surgery.
“This is how you challenge yourself to adopt a newer technology to improve an older surgery,” he said.
While robotic surgery has become almost commonplace in other specialties, it’s still very new in the field of spinal surgery. In the past few years, some studies comparing robotic surgeries to traditional methods indicate that common spinal surgeries performed with robotic assistance could result in more accurate screw placement, less blood loss and even shorter hospital stays for those surgeries that require hospitalization. But techniques and protocols are still developing as surgeons explore the possibilities with different companies’ robotic systems that have been introduced in recent years.
Doctors in the Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery practice at MUSC Health examined five such systems and reported their findings to hospital leadership. Although MUSC has a value-based health care partnership with Medtronic, which owns Mazor, the partnership didn't drive the decision to pursue the Mazor system – quality did. However, now that the health system has acquired two of the Mazor X Stealth robots, there are opportunities to pursue innovation within the framework of the partnership, said Caroline Brown, chief external affairs officer.
Part of that innovation will occur at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, which will become the first pediatric hospital in South Carolina to have the Mazor X Stealth robot.
“We are excited to announce the implementation of this advanced technology for the most complex pediatric spinal deformity patients,” said Robert Murphy, M.D., the chief of pediatric orthopedics. “We can provide the safest and most up-to-date orthopedic surgical care for children and adolescents with spine deformity and related spine conditions.”
After completing his first Mazor X surgery – which went well, with the patient going home that same day – Frankel said he expects he’ll continue to use it for discectomies, with a few adaptations.
“It gives you this accuracy that you didn’t have before,” he said.
The system works by taking images of the spine and then mapping the images to the patient on the table. This allows the surgeon to program the robotic arm to insert a port at a precise angle and location. Previously, Frankel said, accomplishing this required multiple X-rays as he went through each step of the surgery.
"This is constant fluoroscopy,” he said, referencing real-time moving X-rays. “It could be several minutes of it in complicated cases. Whereas with this, it’s one spin of the O-arm. This decreases the fluoroscopy time, which is better for the health of the patient and the health of everyone in that room who’s getting radiated, too.”
Frankel went on to perform a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion – a fusion of two vertebrae – using the Mazor X. In the coming months, he’ll use the system for the majority of his surgeries. He expects that, as he comes to understand the strengths and limitations of the system, he’ll probably settle at using it for about three-quarters of his cases.
“This system, with its imaging, navigation and robotic assistance capabilities, will allow us to further refine the surgeries we offer at the Spine Center and improve patients’ experiences in the hospital and their recoveries at home,” he said.
The best part about being a Charlestonian is knowing the ins and outs of the 843. With National Tourism Day last weekend — on May 7, to be exact — we thought it apt to rack your brain about the best things a tourist should do in the Holy City.From neighborhood bars like Share House to the Gibbes Museum of Art that you really sh...
The best part about being a Charlestonian is knowing the ins and outs of the 843. With National Tourism Day last weekend — on May 7, to be exact — we thought it apt to rack your brain about the best things a tourist should do in the Holy City.
From neighborhood bars like Share House to the Gibbes Museum of Art that you really shouldn’t skip, here are 16 recommendations for tourists to do according to, well, you.
Vicious Biscuit, 409 W. Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
Check out this local restaurant suggested by Reader Mary V. that also landed a spot on our list of brunch eateries around town. We’d recommend The Fat Boy.
Shoutout to Reader Mary V. for this submission as well. Enjoy panoramic views of the peninsula while sipping on a frozen negroni or mimosa.
Firefly Distillery, 4201 Spruill Ave., North Charleston
DYK the co-owner of this local distillery is one of two masterminds behind the world’s first hand–crafted Sweet Tea Vodka? Enjoy live music + other events, plus more than 25 spirits at this Park Circle establishment.
Hero Doughnuts & Buns, 145 Calhoun St.
Grab a dozen donuts from this hidden gem offering breakfast, buns, and baked goods. Thanks, @thingstodoincharleston.
Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill, 14 N. Market St.
Be sure to make a reservation + check out the menu for this award–winning, casual steakhouse, suggested by @the_twinmike.
We can confirm: This recently-opened duo on Ann Street suggested by @noonan_15 is the place to be. Order a Larceny Mule from Share House and head back the next morning for a breakfast sandwich from Bodega.
Holy City History Tours, 164 Market St., Ste. 227
Choose a fishing charter, sunset cruise, beach walk, or custom charter to experience the Holy City waterways, suggested by @the.hangry.captain.
There’s nothing better than a beach day in the Lowcountry. Grab a beach chair + some friends and soak up the sun along this two and a half-mile long barrier island. Thanks, @thecharlestonsuites.
Waterfront Park Pineapple Fountain, Vendue Range, Concord St.
Reader Mary V. hit the nail on the head for a must-do during a classic Charleston day. Be sure to snap a photo of the picturesque landmark.
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Rd.
The Center for Birds of Prey, 4719 N. Hwy. 17, Awendaw
The Woodlands Nature Reserve, 4279 Ashley River Rd.
Swing by this 6,000-acre nature reserve to explore 11 lakes, a blackwater swamp, and wildlife just outside of Charleston, by the suggestion of @thingstodoincharleston.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — From Boy Scout to spiritual leader.Humble beginnings for a man from Haiti are leading him to a high-profile role in the Church."I've seen wonderful people. Welcoming. Smiling. Very happy. I don't know if its the honeymoon."Barely moved in to his new home in South Carolina, Bishop-elect Jacques...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — From Boy Scout to spiritual leader.
Humble beginnings for a man from Haiti are leading him to a high-profile role in the Church.
"I've seen wonderful people. Welcoming. Smiling. Very happy. I don't know if its the honeymoon."
Barely moved in to his new home in South Carolina, Bishop-elect Jacques Fabre-Jeune reflects on his initial impressions. The 66-year-old missionary priest is getting ready for an important promotion -- Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston.
Bill: "When the Pope tapped you to become the next Bishop of this Diocese, what were your overall feelings?"
Bishop-elect: "I don't deserve this. I'm not fit for it. I have dreamt about it."
Humbled by the appointment, Bishop-elect Fabre-Jeune recalls meeting Pope Francis in 2020. He said the pontiff wanted him to use his missionary experience to help people of all ethnic backgrounds. The native of Haiti can speak five languages. Now as a new pastoral shepherd, he plans to lead the faithful with even more involvement, while relying on others.
"The way that I've been functioning is that, and people will say that, is take talents and put it to the use of the common good," said Bishop-elect Fabre-Jeune. "I'm not above the Church. And no one is above the Church."
Among the challenges he faces --- a limited number of priests. The Bishop-elect wants to engage all Catholics.
"It has to be the parents. The family. And by the way -- to have more children. Instead of one or two. Because it makes it more difficult."
"To get all the priests involved in the process. Because the pastors are the ones that are in contact with the faithful."
As he enters a new moment of his ministry, Bishop-elect Fabre-Jeune explains how he sees the palmetto tree as a symbol of spreading God's Word.
"The profoundness of history of South Carolina and the deep faith of the people that we can go and branch out and before the others the life that we receive from Christ and share it with others."
The Bishop-elect's ordination and installation will take place Friday at 2p.m. at the Charleston Area Convention Center.
Among the people invited to attend -- many of the Boy Scouts he grew up with in Brooklyn, New York.