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 Greenville" 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 Greenville. 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 Greenville" 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 Greenville" SC include:
If you or your spouse do not have the necessary grounds for divorce in Greenville" 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 Greenville 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 Greenville" 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 Greenville 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 Greenville" 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:
The $60 million project near downtown Greenville opens May 19, 2022 to the public and we’ve got all the details. The huge Unity Park will open to the public on May 19, 2022 and it is gorgeous. Families will love the wide-open spaces, playgrounds, shelters, paved trails, and of course, the splash pad.The Playgrounds There are three playgrounds at the park: a natural play area with lots of climbing apparatuses, a turf playground...
The $60 million project near downtown Greenville opens May 19, 2022 to the public and we’ve got all the details.
The huge Unity Park will open to the public on May 19, 2022 and it is gorgeous. Families will love the wide-open spaces, playgrounds, shelters, paved trails, and of course, the splash pad.
There are three playgrounds at the park: a natural play area with lots of climbing apparatuses, a turf playground with large hills for more climbing, slides, and swings, and a tot play area with a music garden and equipment perfect for the smaller ages.
Fencing is around all playgrounds but there are no gates so parents need to be aware of where their kids are wandering off to. There is plenty of seating throughout all the playgrounds and really, parents may want to get in there and play with their kids because everything is so fun!
The playgrounds are set on two acres, making the space enormous. There is a lot of room to run around, get out energy, and just enjoy being a kid. The playgrounds and splash pad together are one of, if not the, largest playgrounds in Greenville.
Let’s get to the good stuff! The splash pad is set up with several benches and is stationed right next to the toddler playground. The splash pad has two sections – one for smaller kids with shorter water spouts and then another area for bigger kids, where the water can shoot up to nine feet high.
The splash pad is located in between the toddler play area and the bigger kid playground and next to the public restrooms. It’s really in a great place for parents to be able to watch the kids no matter where they want to play.
Unity Park has a ton of open green space on the Michelin Green, which is just perfect for running around, having a picnic, or just relaxing in a beautiful spot. I can easily imagine lots of people out there reading a book while laying on a blanket and enjoying the beauty of the park.
There are beautifully-constructed shelters along the Green as well that will be available for rent starting over the summer. It is in this open space where families can gather for special events, such as the big fireworks display in Greenville on July 4th (more on that below).
Close to The Commons is the Prisma Health Welcome Center, which has a lactation room, restrooms, a rotating art display, and a history wall. There is a big wraparound deck where people can sit at tables and enjoy the view, conduct business meetings, and just watch their kids play in the open space below.
The Welcome Center is available to rent out as well and is an excellent space for corporate meetings and events.
While the park is beautiful on the outside, so much work went into it behind the scenes that truly make the space something special.
At the large playground there are several big dirt mounds that are meant for climbing and rolling down. They were covered in spraycrete and then wrapped in cushioning. The turf is super bouncy as well, making for a pretty soft surface.
The other surfaces, including poured-in-place rubber and synthetic turf, were all thoughtfully selected to provide protection for kids as they naturally fall or take a tumble. The surfaces are also ADA-accessible, are is the route that leads kids up to the lookout tower, where you get an awesome view of the park.
The management of the Reedy River was also a key construction aspect of Unity Park. Engineers and landscape architects worked together to reduce the risk of flooding and improve water quality by creating flat tables with specially selected trees, plants, and flowers. This enables the area to be able to absorb more of the river in a possible flood situation – plus it looks pretty! There is also a state-of-the-art drainage system in place to aid in this project.
You’ll get a great view of the new Auro Bridge if you head down to the river to check out the pretty flowers and other fauna on the river table.
The main entrance to Unity Park is off Hudson Street and onto Welborn Street and into the Commons. You can park there or in another lot off Meadow Street, which will get you pretty close to the Commons as well. You just have to walk across a small bridge and then the playgrounds will be to the left.
Unity Park will also be accessible via the Greenville Trolley system. Additionally, you can ride bikes from the Children’s Garden at Linky Park or park in several of the paid parking lots near there and walk the quarter-mile on the Swamp Rabbit Trail over to the park.
Greenville’s big fireworks display is moving to Unity Park on Monday, July 4, from 6 -10 pm. It is not a festival so no alcohol will be served and pets are not allowed at any public event at the park. The space is perfect for bringing a picnic dinner and letting the kids get out their energy before the big show.
You can bring coolers, chairs, blankets, and food but alcohol is not allowed.
Unity Park is open 5 am – 11 pm daily.
Unity Park40 Mayberry Street, Greenville
Grace Church has purchased a dormitory building from Greenville Technical College to convert into affordable housing as part of a special program to address the local housing crisis.The church will serve as the landlord for the property, and rent will be adjusted to fit families' income. Rent prices will range from $450 for a single room to $1,000 for a three-bedroom unit.The goal, according to Grace Church's care and recovery ministry director LeeAnne Cavin, is that the average family will pay in the $900-range ...
Grace Church has purchased a dormitory building from Greenville Technical College to convert into affordable housing as part of a special program to address the local housing crisis.
The church will serve as the landlord for the property, and rent will be adjusted to fit families' income. Rent prices will range from $450 for a single room to $1,000 for a three-bedroom unit.
The goal, according to Grace Church's care and recovery ministry director LeeAnne Cavin, is that the average family will pay in the $900-range for a unit.
"We do have a crisis of housing," Cavin said. "Our whole community is really starting to desire collaboration."
The units are expected to open for rent the first week of June, and the church already has almost 40 families ready to move in.
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The program will accept emergency housing vouchers through the Greenville Housing Authority but not Section 8 vouchers or extra subsidy from the federal government that goes directly toward rent.
To sign a lease in one of the units, families agree to be a part of a Grace Church housing program that offers medical coverage, dental care, a savings matching program, mental-health support, car maintenance, financial education, cooking classes, self-defense classes, and job and interview preparation.
Residents are expected to stay in the program for two to three years, and Grace is specifically looking to serve people coming from transitional housing and recovery programs and survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence and abuse.
The church will work with other housing organizations to find applicants, Cavin said.
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The property is the former Campus Pointe at Greenville Tech apartments on Cleveland Street and is located on a public bus line.
Requirements to stay in the program include:
The apartment units will work toward filling a much-needed housing shortage in Greenville.
A 2020 study by the Greenville Housing Fund found that almost half of Greenville County renters are cost-burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on housing and utilities. If you're paying more than 30% of your annual income on housing, you're paying more than you can afford while maintaining the ability to afford other needs, according to experts at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Recent affordable housing news:Greenville Housing Fund to allocate $4 million for service and healthcare workers
Grace Church has 10 locations across the Upstate and saw more than 6,000 attendees on average each Sunday in 2021.
Cavin said Grace Church is excited to expand its housing ministry and work with local housing organizations to do so.
"We're incredibly grateful to be a part of what Greenville is doing," Cavin said.
Genna Contino covers Greenville County and housing for The Greenville News. Contact Genna at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @GennaContino. Subscribe to The Greenville News at greenvillenews.com/subscribe.
D?o?n?’t? Do look up, GVL. We’re in store for a fully-visible super flower blood moon this Sun., May 15. What is that?What to knowAccording to the Roper Mountain Science Center, a lunar eclipse “occurs when the Earth passes di...
D?o?n?’t? Do look up, GVL. We’re in store for a fully-visible super flower blood moon this Sun., May 15. What is that?
According to the Roper Mountain Science Center, a lunar eclipse “occurs when the Earth passes directly between the sun and the moon, and the Earth’s shadow is cast upon the moon.” In addition to it being the first total lunar eclipse of the year, this month’s full moon on Mon., May 16 will be a super moon — a full moon that’s at the closest point to Earth in its orbit. It’s called a flower moon because it coincides with spring flower growth.
Look out for two features: Color + size. As direct sunlight is blocked from the moon during the total lunar eclipse, reflected sunlight from the earth’s atmosphere gives the moon a rusty red color (like blood). Plus, because it’s closest to the earth around this same time as the eclipse, it will appear “super,” or larger than usual.
The partial eclipse starts around 10:27 p.m. By 11:29 p.m., the moon will be completely red and the total eclipse will have started. The maximum eclipse (when the moon is closest to the center of its shadow) will be visible from 12:11-12:53 a.m.
Maggie Connelly, Planetarium Specialist at Roper Mountain Space Center, says you can view the super flower blood moon anywhere with a clear view of the sky. For a close-up view, grab binoculars or a telescope. (Pro-tip: City Editor Kyle got a peep of 2019’s lunar eclipse through the lens of her DSLR camera.) Check the weather forecast, as clouds and rain could hide your view.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. —The seventh annual Cardiac Arrest Survivor Ceremony was held by Greenville County Emergency Medical Services on Wednesday at the Greenville Convention Center.The ceremony honored the efforts of dozens of men and women across several Upstate EMS departments, who provide nationally recognized cardiac arrest care.Tom Blackwell, Greenville County Emergency Medical Services Executive Director, said the county's cardiac arrest care ranks first or second in the nation, as of Thurs...
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. —
The seventh annual Cardiac Arrest Survivor Ceremony was held by Greenville County Emergency Medical Services on Wednesday at the Greenville Convention Center.
The ceremony honored the efforts of dozens of men and women across several Upstate EMS departments, who provide nationally recognized cardiac arrest care.
Tom Blackwell, Greenville County Emergency Medical Services Executive Director, said the county's cardiac arrest care ranks first or second in the nation, as of Thursday.
The ceremony also provided an additional opportunity for first responders to be reunited with their patients.
"We responded to over 80,000 calls [in 2021], and of those we had about 571 cardiac arrests," Blackwell said. "The number of survivors that we got in the field, that we transported to the hospital was 270. Our survival was between 22-38%, of those that actually walked out of the hospital neurologically intact. Nationally that's about a 5% survival."
Carey Hudson is among the 571 cardiac arrests. She said hers took place on December 26, 2021.
"I was just cleaning up after Christmas and getting ready for the next day, and went to bed," Hudson said. "Apparently around 2 a.m. he [husband David] woke up to me gasping for air and I had no pulse. The next thing I remember was day eight in the hospital.”
After noticing something was wrong, David Hudson ran upstairs to notify his three sons.
Hudson's three sons just so happened to be home from college. One of her sons recently graduated from The Citadel, where he took a CPR course.
"The fact that I woke up, the fact that our sons were there which they don’t live in our home anymore, 51 weeks out of the year, and the fact that EMS got there so quickly, it was a miracle,” David Hudson said. “They [EMS] kept us informed exactly where they were, how close they were to the home, how to have the home ready, Lights on, door open and all of that saved precious time.”
Their son who took the CPR course was able to begin chest compressions before first responders arrived. He was guided by a 911 dispatcher before EMS arrived.
"Every minute in delay after your heart stops, your survival potential goes down by 10%,” Blackwell said.
Carey spent seven days in the intensive care unit, and two days in cardiac recovery, according to her husband David.
With a second chance at life, Carey encourages everyone to take a basic CPR course, as it could be the difference between saving someone's life or potentially dying.
"I have a new best friend," Carey said. "It’s an ICD and I named her Gracie. She’s right here [pointing at her heart], because by the grace of God here I am.”
Carey said one of the most important things to remember is the power of prayer. She said that is what has brought her to the stage of recovery she has reached.
We’ve been fishing around and Greenville is swimming in sushi. From trendy menus to laidback atmospheres, we’ve rounded up some top spots to score sushi.Date night dining TakoSushi, 34 S. Main St. Takosushi is a great spot for making it o-fish-al. After dinner, take your date on a walk downtown + through Falls Park.Impress the foodies ...
We’ve been fishing around and Greenville is swimming in sushi. From trendy menus to laidback atmospheres, we’ve rounded up some top spots to score sushi.
Date night dining TakoSushi, 34 S. Main St. Takosushi is a great spot for making it o-fish-al. After dinner, take your date on a walk downtown + through Falls Park.
Impress the foodies Sushi Masa, 8590 Pelham Rd. Sushi Masa’s premier sushi, like its fresh sashimi, will have those with even the most particular of palettes saying, “Oh, that’s good fish.” It’s recommended you make a reservation.
Late night option Otto Izakaya, 802 S. Main St. + 15 Market Point Dr. We think sushi tastes better late at night. With its buy two, get one free deal after 10 p.m., Otto Izakaya is great for that late night snack.
Keep it casual Sushi Go, 247 N. Main St. DYK: Sushi is historically a casual finger food? Sushi Go is a lowkey sushi scene for those that just want to sit back and ride the sushi wave.
Bang for your buck Aoki Sushi, 1779 Woodruff Rd., Ste. B Who says sushi has to be expensive? Check out Aoki Sushi’s menu, with every roll priced under $16 and most under $11. Plus, if you go on weekdays between 11 a.m.-3 p.m., you get 10% off your rolls.
Tako-bout takeout Sushi Hana, 765 Haywood Rd. Stay in with your sashimi and try Sushi Hana. You can order online and the location off the Haywood Road exit on I-385 makes it easy to grab on your commute home.
Drink up Tsunami, 106 E. North St. An underrated element of the sushi experience? The booze. Tsunami keeps the drinks flowing with the Daniel-San (Japanese whiskey served straight up with Green Tea King cube) + Sakitinis (think: sake martini).
Celebrate with sushi Sushi Murasaki, 2 S. Main St.Sushi Murasaki will maki the moment special with its picture-perfect sushi catering. Roll out the sushi platter for your next party.Go fish-less Purple International Bistro & Sushi, 933 S.Main St.Believe it or not, vegetarian and vegan sushi is out there, and it’s delicious. (Technically the name “sushi” just refers to the rice part.) Try out Purple International Bistro & Sushi’s vegetable rolls including the kanpyo maki + seaweed crunch rolls.
Bonus: branch out Ginza Cafe, 1760 Woodruff Rd., Suite 200 Maybe you’re looking to get out of your sushi-rut and try other types of Japanese cuisine. In that case, give Ginza Cafe’s hibachi, poke bowls, ramen, bento boxes + a variety of boba tea in addition to its 25+ sushi rolls a try.