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 Hilton Head 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 Hilton Head 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 Hilton Head 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 Hilton Head Island" SC include:
If you or your spouse do not have the necessary grounds for divorce in Hilton Head 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 Hilton Head 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 Hilton Head 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 Hilton Head 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 Hilton Head 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:
A new address in the private Hilton Head Island community of Long Cove Club was recently put up for sale. Unlike the average home, however, this one offers a bit of an artistic twist.5 Delta Lane, located in the gated golf community in the 29928 zip code, currently belongs to locally renowned, world-class artist ...
A new address in the private Hilton Head Island community of Long Cove Club was recently put up for sale. Unlike the average home, however, this one offers a bit of an artistic twist.
Born in Germany and raised in the Middle East, Uschi Niner has lived and painted all over the world. She now owns this Hilton Head Island home that’s currently on the market for $949,000.
The 3,896 square foot home outwardly reflects the classic Hilton Head Long Cove Club style. However, the inside of the property displays European, Middle Eastern, and North African influences. The artist combined the influence her travels gave her with that of Lowcountry living.
“In designing the home, Niner emphasized open space and sightlines, informed by her childhood spent abroad and her creative sensibilities. She drew inspiration from her farmhouse in France, where she converted extra-large barn doors to windows, allowing for an unfettered view of the Burgundy countryside,” according to a press release by Daniel Ravanel Sotheby’s International Realty.
The residence is full of light from the far-reaching, vast windows that allow sunlight to showcase each piece of artwork displayed in the home, as well as give an unobstructed view of the nearby lagoon with all manor of flora and fauna native to the Lowcountry. This space became a focal point to Niner.
Inside her home, Niner was able to display a variety of artwork, making the home look like a gallery itself: an artist’s dream.
The home also features a vast array of library shelving to allow preferential storing for any avid literary collector.
Niner and her late husband were initially drawn to the island’s abundant natural beauty and availability of world-class golf, a similar draw many visitors and locals experience. The en plein air painter routinely captured these beautiful sights on canvas.
After falling in love with the local weather, beach and access to abundant cultural opportunities, the artist will miss her muse.
“The Long Cove Club is a warm and welcoming community that I will miss.”, said Niner in a recent press release.
This story was originally published May 12, 2022 5:00 AM.
When it comes to resorts, South Carolina does it right. Whether you're looking to relax at a luxurious spa, stroll a sandy beachfront, or sit down to memorable meals, there's a resort in the Palmetto State with your name on it. Browse the amenities at these properties, and find what speaks to you. (There's plenty to choose from at each and every one.) The next step is booking a stay, packing your gear, and—finally—setting out on an ad...
When it comes to resorts, South Carolina does it right. Whether you're looking to relax at a luxurious spa, stroll a sandy beachfront, or sit down to memorable meals, there's a resort in the Palmetto State with your name on it. Browse the amenities at these properties, and find what speaks to you. (There's plenty to choose from at each and every one.) The next step is booking a stay, packing your gear, and—finally—setting out on an adventure to a resort that feels like an oasis, whether it's a home away from home or just a break from the day to day. Rent bikes and pedal the sands. Order room service and enjoy the view from your windows. Find the poolside bar and relax awhile. Memories, and a whole lot of fun, await. Want to travel farther afield? Check out some of the best places to stay in every Southern state.
This consistently lauded stay is a waterfront retreat near Charleston. Palmetto trees welcome you to the property, where you'll find wraparound porches, the serenity-inducing Estuary Spa, and a water taxi for ferrying you to downtown adventures. The abundance of patios and porches means that you'll get your fill of harbor breezes (and handcrafted cocktails to enjoy en plein air).
Book a stay at The Inn & Club at Harbour Town, part of The Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head, for a warm welcome and rooms with a view. The boutique luxury hotel has 60 guest rooms and offers opportunities for rounds of golf, swings on the tennis courts, and relaxation at the pool. You can also book private fishing charters, cruises, and boat tours at the nearby full-service marina.
Find pools galore at this Myrtle Beach resort. Sun, sand, and plenty of bright blue umbrellas and loungers await when you book a beachfront stay at this inviting spot. There are also indoor and outdoor pools, beach access, and opportunities for pampering at Hibiscus Spa. Open your windows to the beach air, enjoy a meal at the resort's restaurants, or stroll outside to the pool deck—there's fun to be had here.
This Lowcountry property is situated along the May River in Bluffton, which means it has instant appeal—and a marina on the waterfront. Located between Hilton Head and the Georgia border, this resort is equal parts relaxation and adventure, as it has fantastic restaurants, a nature preserve, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.
Book a stay at The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort and it won't be long until you're enjoying sea breezes. Dining, swimming, golfing, lounging on the sands—this resort has something for everyone. In addition to the resort's amenities, you can book packages (like the Family Fun Package with bike and kite rentals) to complement your stay.
Find a barrier island getaway at Kiawah Island Golf Resort—an oasis of sandy beachfronts and championship golf courses near Charleston. There's also decadent dining at the resort's many stellar restaurants, including Jasmine Porch and The Ocean Room. With so much to enjoy, you don't want to miss the opportunity to stay at this luxury property.
Head to Isle of Palms for a stay at Sweetgrass Inn at Wild Dunes Resort, a 1,600-acre property near Charleston that's a destination for golfing (the Links Course has Atlantic views) and enjoying the coastline. With plenty of pools, bike rentals, and opportunities to relax (check out the Spa at Sweetgrass, where you can contact the spa concierge to customize your stay), you'll never want your vacation to end.
While not necessarily classified as a resort, you can find the epitome of South Carolina hospitality at this historic hotel, which is nestled in the resort town of Aiken. In addition to gracious accommodations, it also has fantastic dining offerings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a relaxing spa, plus easy access to the town's shopping, antiquing, arts, equestrian, and cycling opportunities.
While it’s sometimes hard to tell, in most cases, these starfish are still alive.HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Large quantities of starfish have been seen scattered along Hilton Head Island beaches recently. Although it may look alarming, this is actually a natural event that’s fairly common in the Lowcountry.Users, both locals, and tourists, took to Facebook shocked at their findings along t...
While it’s sometimes hard to tell, in most cases, these starfish are still alive.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Large quantities of starfish have been seen scattered along Hilton Head Island beaches recently. Although it may look alarming, this is actually a natural event that’s fairly common in the Lowcountry.
Users, both locals, and tourists, took to Facebook shocked at their findings along the shores of Hilton Head Island beaches. One user reported finding up to 30 starfish on her morning beach walk and swiftly returned them to the ocean waters.
The numbers of starfish are on a smaller scale than the mass quantities of starfish that have become stranded in previous years. In 2018, over 1,000 starfish washed ashore on Lowcountry beaches, with Hilton Head Island included in those sightings. Roughly 100,000 starfish washed ashore on Fripp Island beaches in 2014.
Typically, in the winter or spring months when the temperatures are cooler in the Lowcountry these starfish, also known as sea stars, are more prone to large-scale strandings from being washed ashore. The reason behind this is that starfish are ectothermic or cold-blooded. This causes them and other small, ectothermic marine animals to lose most of their mobility until they can reach warmer temperatures. Thus, they are at the mercy of the tides. Contrarily, if sea stars reach too warm of temperatures, they will remove their own arms to protect against overheating. They can also do this to evade predators.
Temperatures near Hilton Head have recently seen lows in the upper 50s and low 60s.
Another possible reason they could be stranded is due to a phenomenon called ‘starballing.’ In this case, starfish curl their arms into a ball, allowing them access to faster modes of transportation via strong winds, currents, and tidal conditions. When this occurs, the sea stars can be seen rolling over the seafloor. Some even reach out an arm as if to test the currents.
If starfish are found washed ashore, one shouldn’t automatically assume they are dead.
While it’s sometimes hard to tell, in most cases, these starfish are still alive. Beachgoers who view them from a close distance might even see them slowly crawling along the shore or catch a glimpse of their tubular feet moving.
These tubular feet look almost like moving hairs underneath the arms of a starfish. These ‘feet,’ or small tubular projections, are what make sea stars echinoderms. Other echinoderms with tubular projections on their undersides include sea urchins, sand dollars, and sea cucumbers.
Even if these feet aren’t seen to be distinguishably moving, beachgoers should still throw them back into the water. They may just be moving slower than can be seen with the naked eye, meaning the sea star is alive and should be rescued when possible.
On Hilton Head Island, it’s illegal to disturb or take home any living beach organism, including starfish and sand dollars. Doing so could result in a $500 fine.
Municipal Code Title 8 Chapter 1 — “Beaches” describes the illegality of causing any physical harm, harassment, or disturbance of any marine fauna on Hilton Head Island.
For a complete list of prohibited beach activities, visit this Hilton Head Island website.
Ever gotten stuck in some suspicious-looking sand at a Lowcountry beach before? Chances are, it probably wasn’t just sand.Unique to the Lowcountry, pluff mud is commonly found along salt marshes and occasional beaches.If you’ve ever been to Fish Haul Beach on Hilton Head Island, there’s a good chance you’ve come across it, and it can be dangerous.Pluff mud, also known as “plough mud,” is a dark to light brown, gooey, soft mud and can sometimes be clay-like in appearance and consistency...
Ever gotten stuck in some suspicious-looking sand at a Lowcountry beach before? Chances are, it probably wasn’t just sand.
Unique to the Lowcountry, pluff mud is commonly found along salt marshes and occasional beaches.
If you’ve ever been to Fish Haul Beach on Hilton Head Island, there’s a good chance you’ve come across it, and it can be dangerous.
Pluff mud, also known as “plough mud,” is a dark to light brown, gooey, soft mud and can sometimes be clay-like in appearance and consistency. It’s composed primarily of decaying matter creating a miasma which lines the coast and comprises the floors of Lowcountry salt marshes.
The entirety of our Lowcountry salt marshes’ ecosystem is built off of pluff mud.
Salt marshes occur along a majority of the Southeastern coast. There, the twice-daily tides routinely flood and drain vast low-lying areas just inland from the ocean. In total, South Carolina has about a half-million acres of salt marsh. This is more marshland than any other state along the Atlantic coast, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Considered to be a foundational element for the local salt marshes, pluff mud is what the island is built on, and it is one of the features that makes Hilton Head a barrier island. It has the ability to absorb the energy of ocean-bred storms like a sponge and helps control coastal flooding, according to Outside Hilton Head.
This “mud” is primarily made-up of decaying Spartina grass and other marsh grasses in addition to decomposing animals and other organisms brought in from the ocean and low-lying areas. This is what creates the smell that many visitors, unfamiliar with pluff mud, call putrid or comparable to rotten eggs, while many locals have grown accustomed to the smell and even find it comforting.
Many beginnings and endings of life cycles take place in the salt marsh for the small, and some not so small, animals that call it home.
Pluff mud isn’t itself inherently dangerous, but if someone wades into it too deeply or gets stuck without proper knowledge of how to get out, they may be in serious trouble.
For this reason, pluff mud can be quite dangerous for unsuspecting or curious visitors. Your feet can very quickly sink into the mud. Pluff mud, in how it acts in theory, is closely related to quicksand. Struggling to release yourself from the rapidly sinking hole will only make you sink faster.
Because of this risk, safety and rescue personnel use special shoes, which work similarly to snow shoes, allowing them to safely rescue anyone who may have gotten themselves stuck.
If walking out into pluff mud is absolutely necessary, make sure to wear thick-soled shoes that can be strapped to your feet. Unless tightly laced, the mud will quickly steal any shoes that are not well-fastened.
Oyster shells, lining the coast and seen vastly throughout local marshes, can be hidden, buried under the pluff mud. Stepping on these has the ability to slice through commonly worn shoes such as flip flops, so wearing shoes with more protection is essential. Stepping on oysters barefoot have sent many visitors and locals to nearby hospitals with serious injuries.
In addition to wearing the proper shoes, it is also a good idea to never venture near pluff mud without a partner present or without having a way to contact someone in case of an emergency.
If you happen to find yourself a little more than foot-deep in pluff mud, precautionary steps should be taken to avoid a serious outcome.
When visiting beaches on Hilton Head Island, especially those that face Port Royal sound along the north end in areas such as Fish Haul beach, or other areas which face Broad Creek or Calibogue Sound, avoid areas where the dark-brown or clay-like mud is visible along the marsh grasses or edges of shorelines. Avoiding these areas is the best way to stay safe from potentially sinking into pluff mud.
This story was originally published May 11, 2022 5:00 AM.
These upcoming arts and cultural events in Beaufort County deserve a spot on your calendar. Here’s the info you need for dates, locations and tickets.“In the Heights” musical“¡Que Rico!”The multiple award-winning musical, “In the Heights,” with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, opened last Friday night in the Elizabeth Wallace Theater of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. In a triumph of understatement, we in the openin...
These upcoming arts and cultural events in Beaufort County deserve a spot on your calendar. Here’s the info you need for dates, locations and tickets.
“In the Heights” musical
The multiple award-winning musical, “In the Heights,” with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, opened last Friday night in the Elizabeth Wallace Theater of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. In a triumph of understatement, we in the opening night audience enthusiastically absorbed every element so richly offered by the astonishing cast members, those in front of the curtain, those in back of the curtain, the musicians and the director/choreographer Patdro Harris.
The storyline offers a closeup look at a superb cast of the most amazing characters as they encounter, endure and experience romance, friendships, loyalties, losses, sadness, disappointment, delight and resolution. The phenomenal script was confined to three days. It was the hottest days of summer in this New York barrio during a power outage, though softened slightly by a lottery ticket! We all experienced a kind of group glee, in the unfolding of the story and the side trips which were offered as we looked forward to the perfect closure to the challenges and distractions faced by all of the most incredibly appealing characters.
This musical and the winning performances by everyone involved in the singing, the Spanish lessons and especially the dancing — hip hop, merengue, a little rap and a lot of salsa — moved the entire audience to our collective feet as we continued to respond to the compelling rhythms of the astonishing evening.
“Annie, Jr.” musical
“Annie, Jr.” is playing for one weekend only! It’s based on the comic strip adapted from the Tony-Award-winning musical by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin.
“Annie, Jr.” tells of a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents who abandoned her on a New York City orphanage doorstep run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. In adventure after adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil ways, befriends President Franklin Roosevelt, and finds a new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Tickets are $22 adults, $18 seniors and $14 students. Tickets are available in advance or at the door one hour prior to showtime.
Two Hilton Head Choral Society concerts
Everyone is invited to join in a celebration of the Hilton Head Choral Society’s 45th anniversary and 20 years with Artistic Director, Tim Reynolds with full chorus and orchestra with “For We Wish You Music” at 7 p.m. May 13.
Celebrate Memorial Day! “America Sings” is a celebration of the American spirit at 7 p.m. May 29. Join the chorus, the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet, and a special guest speaker in an all-American musical program.
Listen on the Lawn concert series
R&B/Soul singer and songwriter Gwen Yvette will perform at the Listen on the Lawn concert series at the USCB Center for the Arts. Bring chairs, blankets, a picnic and beverages. Admission is $10 per person, and children under 12 enter free.
Hilton Head for Ukraine benefit
The Town of Hilton Head Island, the Hilton Head Island Rec Center, Hilton Head Island Music and Arts Coalition, and many amazing volunteers, are rallying for this humanitarian cause.
The event starts at noon with classical music, choirs, a dance performance and special speakers followed by Taylor Kent and Sara Burns, Cornbred and White Liquor (a Rolling Stones cover band).
Proceeds will be donated to the Ukraine Relief Fund administered by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry to support organizations assisting with relief efforts in Ukraine. Admission is free.
It’s almost time for the historic Spoleto Festival in Charleston with more than two weeks of music, dance, theater and cultural events.
Create Warhol-inspired shoreline and sea prints
The Coastal Discovery Museum will host Alana Adams for a fun program as part of their Discovery Night at the Museum. Learn how to create a series of two or more relief prints in the style of American pop artist Andy Warhol. No prior art experience is necessary. The program is designed for adults and upper elementary school-aged children and older. The fee is $18 per person. Reservations are required.
Architectural Accents II exhibit
Don’t miss the new exhibition Architectural Accents II at USCB Center for the Arts with 29 paintings by award-winning watercolor artist Robert Steinmetz. It’s free and open to the public.
Husson’s Lowcountry Visions exhibit
See Letty Husson’s peaceful landscapes of the South Carolina Lowcountry at the Society of Bluffton Artist’s Gallery in Old Town Bluffton.
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