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 Daniel Island" 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 Daniel Island. 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 Daniel Island" 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 Daniel Island" SC include:
If you or your spouse do not have the necessary grounds for divorce in Daniel Island" 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 Daniel Island 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 Daniel Island" 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 Daniel Island 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 Daniel Island" 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:
Bishops and Iron Horses track and field, baseball capture region ringsTrackThe Bishop England girls and both of the Philip Simmons track and field teams shone at their respective region championships.The Bishop girls ran away with the Region 8-AAA title on May 2 with a 218.5-85 victory over Academic Magnet at Cane Bay High School on May 2. Hanahan topped BE 211-128 to win the boys’ crown.The Iron Horse girls and boys both claimed the biggest trophy at the Region 6-AA championships, which wer...
Bishops and Iron Horses track and field, baseball capture region rings
The Bishop England girls and both of the Philip Simmons track and field teams shone at their respective region championships.
The Bishop girls ran away with the Region 8-AAA title on May 2 with a 218.5-85 victory over Academic Magnet at Cane Bay High School on May 2. Hanahan topped BE 211-128 to win the boys’ crown.
The Iron Horse girls and boys both claimed the biggest trophy at the Region 6-AA championships, which were contested at Woodland High School on May 4.
The Bishop girls won 11 of the 17 events contested including wins in the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays.
Gold medal performances included: Maggie Long (shot put, long jump and triple jump), Audra Schaafsma (400 dash, high jump), Hope-Elaine Stowell (discus and javelin), Caroline Edgerton (800 run) and Nora Brahim (3,200 run).
Justin Hafner led the Bishop boys with gold medals in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, while the Bishops’ 4x800 claimed first.
Bishop England will compete in Saturday’s Lower State qualifier at Camden.
In the Region 6-AA meet, Iron Horse sprinter NaJhyria Watson led the way by sweeping the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes.
De’Andra Brown claimed two gold medals, winning the 100-meter hurdles and long jump while the Iron Horse girls won the 400- and 3,200-meter relays.
Other gold medal winners included: Phoebe Coggan (800), Samantha Watson (1,600), Elizabeth Habakus (3,200), Kelsey Kieffer (high jump), Madison Jent (pole vault) and Brooke Wall (javelin).
The Iron Horse boys were dominant as well. They swept the 400-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter relays.
Bryce Kinloch (400 and high jump) and Pierce Walker (1,600 and 3,200) were double winners.
Other gold medalists included: JaQue Green (100), Corey Steed (200), Kanye Doyle (800), Troy Stevenson (long jump), Trey Hensley (pole vault) and Abram Wright (discus).
Philip Simmons claimed the Class AA Region championship Monday night with a 13-3 victory over Camden in a game called after five innings due to the 10-run rule. The victory gave the Iron Horses an 18-9 record and a spot in the Class AA Lower State Championship Series.
The Iron Horses were 3-0 in district play. They also beat Silver Bluff 13-6 and Marion 12-8 to reach the district title game.
Bishop England, meanwhile, went 1-2 in the Class AAA District 6 play. The Bishops beat Lake City 1-0 in the opening round and lost to Battery Creek 11-5 to fall into the elimination bracket. Lake City eliminated BE, 11-4.
Both the Bishop England and Philip Simmons girls’ soccer teams were scheduled to play Tuesday night for berths in this weekend’s state soccer championships.
The Bishops were scheduled to Oceanside Collegiate with the winner advancing to Saturday’s Class AAA state championship game, while Philip Simmons was scheduled to play at Christ Church with the winner moving onto Saturday’s Class AA championship.
The Bishops recorded victories over Lake City, Gilbert and Camden. Philip Simmons received a first-round bye and beat Brashier and Buford.
The BE boys won their opening round game with a 2-0 decision over Camden, but dropped a 3-2 decision at Waccamaw. The Iron Horse boys received a first-round bye and lost to Greenville, 2-1, in the second round.
The Philip Simmons High School boys’ tennis team claimed its third consecutive state championship May 7 with a 6-0 victory over Christ Church.With a hoard of titles in the school’s brief five-year history, the natural question to ask head coach Richard Schulz was, “Are you building a dynasty?”The venerable coach’s reply was, “I’ve got a better word for it: We’re building a program at this school. Five years ago, I had one player for the first four weeks of the season. In February,...
The Philip Simmons High School boys’ tennis team claimed its third consecutive state championship May 7 with a 6-0 victory over Christ Church.
With a hoard of titles in the school’s brief five-year history, the natural question to ask head coach Richard Schulz was, “Are you building a dynasty?”
The venerable coach’s reply was, “I’ve got a better word for it: We’re building a program at this school. Five years ago, I had one player for the first four weeks of the season. In February, we had 31 players come out for the team. We are drawing players from all over.”
While it’s way too early to talk about the 2023 season, when the Iron Horses will compete at the Class AAA level; the team will be prohibitive favorites to win a fourth straight state crown. All five of the top singles players are scheduled to be back: Josh Lively (sophomore),
Henry Hayden (junior), Zade Hyatt (junior), Jordan Mercado (eighth grade) and Matthew Esse (freshman). The doubles team that won at the state tournament is composed of senior classmates Soren Spina and Parker Black.
All seven players posted convincing victories against Christ Church at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Tennis Center in Florence. The Cavaliers were seeking a state record 26th state championship, but were no match for the Iron Horses.
The Iron Horses celebrated their first state championship in 2019. COVID-19 halted the 2020 season. But the Iron Horses didn’t miss a beat, bouncing back to win state championships last spring and again in 2022.
Schulz said coaching high school athletes is a combination of skill, art and energy.
“You have to be an artist because you start the season with a blank canvas,” Schulz said. “You have to be able to complete the big picture. It also takes skill, not a lot of it, to be a coach. It takes art and, for me, it takes 100 percent energy. If you give as much energy as the players, you’re going to have a good practice.”
The Iron Horses didn’t have a glitzy regular season, finishing with an 11-7 record against competition that included teams that reached the state finals in Class AAAAA and AAAA. The team also played New Jersey state power Bergen Catholic in April when Bergen Catholic ventured to South Carolina to play a handful of schools from the Palmetto State.
Schulz praised his co-captains for their tennis and academic success.
“Soren has a 5.08 GPA (on a weighted scale),” Schulz said. “And Zade is an exceptional student as well. He takes some challenging engineering courses.”
Schulz also coaches the Iron Horses girls’ team, which captured the state championship in the fall. The boys’ and girls’ teams are scheduled to receive their state championship rings at 11 a.m., May 13, at the school’s football stadium.
But first, there’s still unfinished business as the spring sports schedule winds down. Schulz and his top-three players Lively, Hayden and Hyatt headed back to Florence on May 9 for day one of the individual championships.
Staying up to date on routine appointments and starting healthy habits can make lasting improvements to overall healthNational Women’s Health Week (May 8-14) serves to remind women of the importance of routine and preventive care for both their mental and physical health. This weeklong recognition, which kicked off on Mother’s Day, also serves as an important time to encourage women and girls to take steps to improve their overall health.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' ...
Staying up to date on routine appointments and starting healthy habits can make lasting improvements to overall health
National Women’s Health Week (May 8-14) serves to remind women of the importance of routine and preventive care for both their mental and physical health. This weeklong recognition, which kicked off on Mother’s Day, also serves as an important time to encourage women and girls to take steps to improve their overall health.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health (OWH) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control also stress the importance of catching up on missed or delayed annual checkups due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Delaying routine or annual health care checkups can impact individuals in different ways and can lead to undiagnosed health issues or a delay in treating preventable illness.
In June 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that four in 10 adults had avoided medical care appointments because of concerns related to COVID-19.
“Too often, women put their health last when they should be prioritizing their bodies, minds and overall wellbeing,” said Kimberly Seals, Director of DHEC’s Bureau of Maternal and Child Health. “It’s important that women take time to put their health first. Make an appointment if you’re overdue for checkups and be sure to stay current on preventive screenings like mammograms, PAP smears, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, stress tests, and physical exams.”
Better overall health can be achieved by taking small steps each day that can have lasting effects and noticeable improvements on a women’s physical, mental and emotional health. Women and girls can implement small, positive changes by:
“Anyone feeling affected by stress, anxiety or depression should reach out to a health care provider for mental and emotional support and guidance,” said Seals. “These past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a drastic toll on everyone’s mental and emotional health. There’s no stigma or shame in asking for help. Getting help when you need it is one of the bravest and smartest things a person can do for themselves and for their families and friends.”
Women and girls can find more resources at the National Women’s Health Week webpage, www.womenshealth.gov. Find additional information and learn how DHEC works to improve women’s health and the health of all South Carolinians at scdhec.gov/health.
SC HOPES is a support line for any South Carolinian impacted by COVID-19 or any other associated stressors. Anyone can call this line to be linked to resources for mental health and substance use treatment or other needs. SC-HOPES is available 24/7, toll-free, at (844) SC-HOPES (724-6737).
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorized a developer’s plans to build a massive development larger than Daniel Island on the Cainhoy peninsula, a largely undeveloped tract of land that is vulnerable to flooding now and will be at an even greater risk as seas continue rising and as storms continue to become more powerful.The Cainhoy project, located adjacent to the Francis Marion National Forest and near already overcrowded Highway 41, would destroy nearly 200 acres of freshwater wetlands, which...
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorized a developer’s plans to build a massive development larger than Daniel Island on the Cainhoy peninsula, a largely undeveloped tract of land that is vulnerable to flooding now and will be at an even greater risk as seas continue rising and as storms continue to become more powerful.
The Cainhoy project, located adjacent to the Francis Marion National Forest and near already overcrowded Highway 41, would destroy nearly 200 acres of freshwater wetlands, which store flood waters and provide critical flooding protection. The loss of a massive amount of these wetlands would cause significant consequences as the city considers urgent solutions to tackle sea level rise. The development would impact the adjacent Francis Marion National Forest and the wildlife that live there, including the endangered red cockaded woodpecker.
“At the same time the Army Corps of Engineers is pushing a billion-dollar seawall for downtown Charleston, it’s greenlighting a massive new development that will place new development in an area vulnerable to flooding,” said Chris DeScherer, director of SELC’s South Carolina office. “You’re talking about putting a small city in a floodplain a few feet above sea level. There are responsible ways to invest in new development for Charleston, but this is not one of them.”
The nearly 10,000-acre Cainhoy project would place hundreds of new homes and infrastructure in the tract’s flood-prone southern section – much of which lies just a few feet above sea level up the Wando River from downtown Charleston. The Corps permit allows development in this area of the site even though independent plans show the peninsula could be developed in a way that minimizes both wetlands destruction and the number of residential areas subject to flooding.
“It’s difficult to reconcile how our leaders can be so concerned about storm surge and rising seas, but at the same time they’re okay with approving a huge new development in vulnerable areas that will surely and repeatedly flood,” said Jason Crowley, Communities and Transportation Senior Program Director for the Coastal Conservation League. “There are smarter and safer ways to develop this property, yet the plan moving forward places developer profits ahead of the well-being of our future neighbors and at the expense of our invaluable cultural and environmental resources adjacent the national forest.”
Note to reporters: We can provide an in-depth look at the proposed Cainhoy development using The Changing Coast, a new website and interactive mapping tool from SELC that concentrates an array of climate data into a single interface. For example, at the southern section of the Cainhoy peninsula—
where thousands of houses are slated to be built—storm surge from a Category 1 hurricane now could swamp the land. And in a future with just one foot of sea level rise, that southern tract will start to go underwater routinely.
The Southern Environmental Law Center is one of the nation’s most powerful defenders of the environment, rooted in the South. With a long track record, SELC takes on the toughest environmental challenges in court, in government, and in our communities to protect our region’s air, water, climate, wildlife, lands, and people. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the organization has a staff of 170, including 90 attorneys, and is headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., with offices in Asheville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Nashville, Richmond, and Washington, D.C. southernenvironment.org
About Coastal Conservation League: Since 1989, the Coastal Conservation League has worked to protect the health of the natural resources of the South Carolina coastal plain and ensure a high quality of life for all of the people who live in and love this special place. The Coastal Conservation League is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Learn more and get involved at www.coastalconservationleague.org.
If you like food, drinks, history and art, then the May Author Series event is for you!Meet, mingle and listen to authors Kathryn Smith and Kris Manning discuss their most recent books. A question and answer will take place with a book signing to follow. The event will be at Daniel Pointe Retirement Community on Daniel Island, May 25 at 6 p.m.Both writers are excellent storytellers known for their fun presentations. You won’t want to miss this free event!Smith’s newest book is “Baptists & Bootlegger...
If you like food, drinks, history and art, then the May Author Series event is for you!
Meet, mingle and listen to authors Kathryn Smith and Kris Manning discuss their most recent books. A question and answer will take place with a book signing to follow. The event will be at Daniel Pointe Retirement Community on Daniel Island, May 25 at 6 p.m.
Both writers are excellent storytellers known for their fun presentations. You won’t want to miss this free event!
Smith’s newest book is “Baptists & Bootleggers: A Prohibition Expedition Through the South…with Cocktail Recipes.”
Get ready to be entertained with stories about Carry Nation, Al Capone, George Remus, F. Scott Fitzgerald and a host of other historical personalities as you learn of the South’s unique role in the years 1920-1933, when alcohol was banned by the federal government.
Smith’s book takes you to major cities and small towns, all of which struggled between the Baptists and their teetotaling allies who preached temperance and the bootleggers who got rich providing what their customers couldn’t buy legally. Learn how to take your own
Prohibition expedition through hotels, bars, speakeasies, museums and cemeteries, and sample some vintage cocktail recipes along the way. If you have ever thought history is boring, Smith’s storytelling will change your mind.
Manning, a Daniel Island awrtist, musician and author, will talk about her cookbook, “The Field Guide to Fabulous Food.”
Painstakingly handwritten by the author and expertly illustrated by Barbara Meierhusby, the Field Guide is a fresh take on traditional cookbooks.
Created in field guide fashion, Manning encourages culinary adventure — the kind that happens well before the first pan is fired. The cookbook helps aspiring foodies and everyday cooks choose, prepare and cook freshly sourced, local ingredients through easy to
understand recipes, practical techniques and illustrative watercolor images. Throughout the Field Guide, Manning shares personal stories, anecdotes and advice with wit and wisdom from her own culinary adventures.
“Many of the recipes in the Field Guide grew out of my Italian heritage and spending time in the kitchen with family. So many memories came rushing back to me over the past year and a half as I put the cookbook together,” Manning said. “And I channeled those cherished memories during the pandemic to bring to life all of these recipes that will teach you to be a good cook. Heck, if you make them enough times, you’ll be a great cook! The Field Guide is a hands-on cookbook, so, as you make the recipes, write on the pages. You’ll find that your notes will become very important to making these recipes your own.”
The cookbook includes over 50 recipes covering numerous cuisines — from Italian and French, to German, Asian and American fusion. It delivers more than tasty recipes and includes numerous in-depth examinations of ingredients.
This event is free. Tickets are required and available on a first-come basis. You may sign up at: bit.ly/3LCMzSp.
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