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 Johns 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 Johns 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 Johns Island" ask yourself these questions:
If you answered "yes" 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 all" approach isn't going to work very well for your unique situation. That's why we approach each divorce case from a personalized standpoint - 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 Johns Island" SC include:
If you or your spouse do not have the necessary grounds for divorce in Johns 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 Johns 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 Johns 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 "fair" 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 interests" of the child. What the judge determines to be the "best interests" changes depending on the judge.
There are different variations of "custody" 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 Johns 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 Johns 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:
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Charleston says it is looking to spend millions of dollars to create a creek and additional wetlands to address street flooding and drainage issues on over 500 acres of Johns Island.Rather than paving the area over for the Barberry Woods Drainage Improvement Project, the city said it is opting for a more ecological approach.“Creating our own semi-natural creek system. It will look like a natural creek, even though we had dug it out,” Charleston Stormwater Management Director Mat...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Charleston says it is looking to spend millions of dollars to create a creek and additional wetlands to address street flooding and drainage issues on over 500 acres of Johns Island.
Rather than paving the area over for the Barberry Woods Drainage Improvement Project, the city said it is opting for a more ecological approach.
“Creating our own semi-natural creek system. It will look like a natural creek, even though we had dug it out,” Charleston Stormwater Management Director Matthew Fountain said. “Then, you would build a flood plain on either side of the creek that can hold water during storm events that would be built-in with natural vegetation.”
Photos captured the flooding following a heavy storm in the Barberry Woods neighborhood near Maybank Highway and River Road, which the project is named after.
City officials said the project will make the flooding drain faster and be less frequent.
Two homeowners who have been living in Barberry Woods since the mid-2000s said they love where they live, but a fix to their drainage problems has been long overdue.
“Once we do get the flooding, the flooding remains, and there’s no way for it to go,” homeowner Shannon Baker said. “It turns into a swimming pool scenario. I tried to get a vehicle out, and I did it a little too early, so I lost that [GMC] Yukon.”
“A week after I bought the house, my mother and my brother were visiting and came out onto my top porch, and they saw somebody kayaking past my house,” homeowner Kim Hicks said.
The city said a combination of developments downstream and blocked drainage ways are to blame for the flooding.
They also said the project was first inspired several years ago by the Dutch Dialogues. The city, along with the Historic Charleston Foundation, created the Dutch Dialogues in 2019 to discuss ways to work with the land that’s already there to reduce flooding risks on the peninsula, in West Ashley and on Johns Island.
“Don’t fix flooding in a way that eliminates what makes Charleston special,” Fountain said. “You need to find a way to do both. This is trying to find a way to maintain that rather than just paving the whole area over in concrete and asphalt.”
The city said they’re finishing the final designs and expect construction to start sometime in 2024.
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One of the largest properties on Johns Island could be protected from development in a deal using more than $2.16 million in state and county conservation funding.The five adjoining Ravenswood Farm properties along Chisolm Road cover 631 acres of high ground and nearly 81 acres of wetlands, with extensive frontage on the Stono River.“We are very excited about this,” said Meg O’Halloran, chief advancement officer of the ...
One of the largest properties on Johns Island could be protected from development in a deal using more than $2.16 million in state and county conservation funding.
The five adjoining Ravenswood Farm properties along Chisolm Road cover 631 acres of high ground and nearly 81 acres of wetlands, with extensive frontage on the Stono River.
“We are very excited about this,” said Meg O’Halloran, chief advancement officer of the Lowcountry Land Trust. ‘I think it really anchors the rural character of this part of the island.’ ”
The deal calls for the trust to hold a conservation easement on the land, preventing any significant development. That’s what $1.54 million from Charleston County’s greenbelt program and $625,000 from the State Conservation Bank would pay for under a deal the county and state have approved but has not yet been signed and recorded.
“The Ravenswood project is not just about keeping open spaces open,” said Natalie Olson, the land trust’s Sea Islands program director. “It’s about reducing the risk of losing them and keeping Johns Island rural.”
Under the pending conservation deal no more than five residential structures would be allowed on the land. Conservation easements don’t change the ownership of a property, but restrict how it can be used.
“It’s been in my family for about 235 years,” said Lisa Minshew, one of the co-owners. “That property is like a relative to us.”
She said the conservation easement agreement has “been years in the making” and the details are still being formalized.
“These things are more complicated than some people realize,” Minshew said.
Conservation easement deals look at what a property would be worth if it could be developed — as a residential subdivision, for example — compared to what it would be worth if development were not allowed. For the Ravenswood property, the difference was calculated at nearly $3.4 million.
So, the county and state would pay nearly $2.2 million to permanently restrict the right to develop the land and the property owners would forfeit the rest of the development value according to a Charleston County information sheet on the deal. The $1.2 million in development value the landowners would give up would count as a tax-deductible donation to the Lowcountry Land Trust, resulting in substantial state and federal tax benefits.
That’s how conservation easement deals work. The public gets no access to the land, but taxpayer funds prevent or restrict potential development. Charleston County also buys properties outright through its greenbelt program, often for future public parks.
The Ravenswood deal comes amid rapid residential development on Johns Island, where the population roughly doubled between 2010 and 2020. Charleston County is currently planning more than $200 million in road projects to relieve growth-related traffic there.
“One of the unique things about this property is that it has miles of river frontage and road frontage that are visible to people,” said O’Halloran.
On the opposite side of the Stono River there are dozens of docks. The Ravenswood properties have extensive marsh and river frontage, and multiple small marsh islands but would be limited to three potential docks.
Ravenswood has been a part of the island’s agricultural landscape since the 1700s when John Raven Mathews established it as a plantation, according to south-carolina-plantations.com. His son was governor in 1782-83.
Much more recently Ravenswood was known for being a sod farm prior to the Great Recession, when the housing market meltdown caused demand for sod to greatly decrease. Today’s it’s used for farming, timber and equestrian purposes.
“We raised ostrich out here, that was a thing for a while,” said Minshew. “We did Christmas trees. We had cattle at one point.”
She said future plans could involve planting Long Leaf Pine. Conservation agreements typically allow for ongoing agricultural uses and are focused on restricting development.
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - If you love Mexican cuisine, you have a new dining option in the Lowcountry as of Thursday.Minero Mexican Grill & Cantina is set to open for dinner on Thursday at the space formerly occupied by The Fat Hen, at 3140 Maybank Highway.The Neighborhood Dining Group says the opening will mark a new chapter for the Minero name. The Johns Island location will continue its legacy of hand-pressed tortillas and Mexican favorites created by the former downtown Charleston Minero, with the additi...
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - If you love Mexican cuisine, you have a new dining option in the Lowcountry as of Thursday.
Minero Mexican Grill & Cantina is set to open for dinner on Thursday at the space formerly occupied by The Fat Hen, at 3140 Maybank Highway.
The Neighborhood Dining Group says the opening will mark a new chapter for the Minero name. The Johns Island location will continue its legacy of hand-pressed tortillas and Mexican favorites created by the former downtown Charleston Minero, with the addition of new menu items and an expanded indoor-outdoor footprint.
“We’re thrilled to bring Minero back in a new home on Johns Island, one of Charleston’s most exciting areas,” Neighborhood Dining Group President David Howard said. “Fans will recognize the same heart of what we do at Minero – attention to detail, great ingredients, and honoring Mexican traditions – but with a fresh take on both the menu and atmosphere. We can’t wait to serve Charleston once again and are appreciative of the warm welcome from the great residents of Johns Island.”
The kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Shamil Velazquez, also of the group’s Delaney Oyster House, bringing inspiration from his Puerto Rican upbringing and chef-driven techniques to the newest outpost of the concept.
The menu is anchored by Minero staples like charcoal-grilled wings, tacos, and the burrito, as well as the tradition of making corn tortillas from scratch daily, but with exciting new additions for a fresh take on the Mexican concept.
Velazquez incorporates Latin American influences into the menu, including more seafood dishes, crudos, and ceviches, while drawing from Mexico’s coastal regions for inspiration.
“We knew the Minero favorites weren’t going anywhere on the menu, but we wanted to bring some additional elements, especially to highlight some of the great ingredients we get in the South and along our coast,” Velazquez said. “Mexican food can be celebrated through many different techniques, and I’m looking forward to bring a new perspective to the concept with the same emphasis on local ingredients and quality offerings.”
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Minero’s menu honors Mexico’s culinary traditions while weaving in inspiration from the culinary South.
The menu features longstanding Minero favorites including Charcoal-Grilled Wings tossed with Valentina; a Salsa Tasting including Benne, Rojo, and Verde; and the Minero Burrito featuring red rice, beans, Oaxaca cheese, crema, poblano, cabbage, cilantro, salsa verde, and avocado.
Exciting new additions include the Fajitas Al Carbon with charred onions, bell peppers, pico de gallo, crema, guacamole, red rice, beans, and housemade flour tortillas; the Yucatán Style Local Catch featuring crispy fingerling potatoes, pickled yum yum peppers, and pibil sauce; and Shrimp & Snapper Ceviche made with a ceviche sour michelada mix, cucumber, peanut, red onion, mandarin, radish and chips. The restaurant offers five signature tacos, including Fried Catfish or Grilled Fish, Cauliflower, Charcoal Chicken, Grilled Steak, and Pork Al Pastor. Select brunch items will be served on the weekends, including Steak and Eggs and Breakfast Burrito with hash brown, salsa verde, and huevos.
Beverages include the classic Minero Margarita with reposado and añejo tequilas, fresh lime, orange juice, curaçao, and agave, guests can personalize their margarita experience by DIY-ing it, adding a pineapple twist, boosting it for a crowd (the “Party” serves six), or even making it extra with a bottle-down Modelito and a choice of sidecar. Frozen concoctions, such as the Frosé Sangria and the El Santanico, and a comprehensive beer list featuring both Mexican and local options round out the alcoholic offerings, while a zero-proof margarita and refreshers provide plenty of options to abstain.
No reservations are needed. Seating is first-come, first-served.
The restaurant will open for dinner Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Happy Hour is Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The restaurant plans to add daytime service at a later date.
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JOHNS ISLAND — A lot of effort went into saving the 35 acres surrounding the Angel Oak from development. Now, nearly a decade later, the Lowcountry Land Trust is ready to collect community input on what to do with the property.This week begins a schedule of opportunities for people to share how they’d like to see the wooded space around the iconic oak used. But the ultimate goal remains: that the planned Angel Oak Preserve be passive, publicly accessible green space complemented with trails, boardwalks and interpretive not...
JOHNS ISLAND — A lot of effort went into saving the 35 acres surrounding the Angel Oak from development. Now, nearly a decade later, the Lowcountry Land Trust is ready to collect community input on what to do with the property.
This week begins a schedule of opportunities for people to share how they’d like to see the wooded space around the iconic oak used. But the ultimate goal remains: that the planned Angel Oak Preserve be passive, publicly accessible green space complemented with trails, boardwalks and interpretive notes, and that the tree itself not be harmed.
The land trust will share a presentation on the tree’s history and the future preserve at 7 p.m. June 9, and again at 6:30 p.m. June 15, at the Johns Island Library. Public comments will be collected during the presentations.
This special tree holds deeply rooted history in the Lowcountry. It is named after the Angel family that once owned the land where it stands. The tree is estimated to be at least 300 years old, making it quite possibly one of the oldest trees of its kind east of the Mississippi River.
It’s also a behemoth. City surveys estimate the tree to be 65 feet tall with a circumference of 25.5 feet, shading an area of 17,000 square feet beneath the extensive canopy.
Based on the city’s most recent inspection, “the health of the Angel Oak could not be better,” said David Grant, Charleston’s park and tree administrator.
The area surrounding the Angel Oak is so special that community members rallied together to ensure not much changed there. In 2008, Charleston City Council approved plans for a densely built collection of shops, offices and multifamily homes near the Angel Oak Park at Maybank Highway and Bohicket Road.
But there were concerns about the impact this development would have on the tree.
So after collecting more than 12,000 donations, plus Charleston County Greenbelt and S.C. Conservation Bank funds, the Lowcountry Land Trust was able to buy the property for $7 million to save it from development. This is the space that will become Angel Oak Preserve.
“Putting this heavy development there would have impacted the root system, the hydrologic flows, the soils, everything that’s needed to be preserved for the health of this tree,” said Jason Crowley, Coastal Conservation League’s communities and transportation senior program director.
The 35 acres owned by the land trust is comprised of every soil necessary for an ancient live oak to thrive, Crowley said.
The Angel Oak’s significance as a community landmark goes back generations. Crowley said the late South Carolina educator-activist Septima Clark mentioned in interviews how she would often take breaks from teaching and sit underneath the tree, and even sometimes gather there with her students.
“Even though this was technically private property, it harkens back to the era of Johns Island and the Sea Islands themselves as this place where property boundaries were fluid in the sense of people could walk across private property in order to access things like waterways and a shady tree like this,” Crowley said.
The tree’s interests have become a cultural issue on Johns Island in recent years as some places that were once accessible to Gullah-Geechee residents for fishing, crabbing and launching boats are now being privatized.
Ashley Demosthenes, CEO and president of the Lowcountry Land Trust, said many locals believe the land around the tree is sacred and have expressed desires to explore the woods there.
“They want it to be a place for education for residents, visitors and the local schools,” Demosthenes said. “So that’s a huge opportunity that we see, that education component with students.”
Overall they want it to be a place open for walking, observing nature and enjoying picnics with family, Demosthenes said.
While the Angel Oak is obviously the main attraction in that part of Johns Island, the Lowcountry Land Trust wants to utilize its 35 acres to relieve some of the pressure on the tree.
So, essentially, the preserve will help distribute visitors across the entire property — not just at the 9-acre Angel Oak Park — using trails, boardwalks and interpretation woven throughout to explain the ecology and cultural significance of the area.
Since the city-owned park is a direct neighbor to the preserve, it makes sense for the two groups to partner in developing a vision and plan for the area, said Jason Kronsberg, director of parks for the city of Charleston.
He sits on the preserve’s steering committee with Crowley and people from several other groups, including The Avery Center, The Progressive Club and the Charleston Parks Conservancy.
Members of the community can share their desires for the preserve through an online survey at bit.ly/3xrCh2P. The land trust will have a table at the Sea Island Farmers Market from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 11 and June 25. There also will be an information table set up from 2 to 4 p.m. each Friday at Angel Oak Park.
Nelson Byrd Woltz Architects will lead the comprehensive planning process. The goal is to have a design completed in early 2023.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WTGS) — The Town of Hilton Head is continuing its efforts to create more affordable workforce housing with plans for a sustainable neighborhood that would allow more people who work on the island to afford to live there as well.Hilton Head Mayor John McCann said that with the island's geography, the lack of housing is a severe issue making it difficult for entry-level workers to find a place they can afford."No matter what the price is at, we are short of housing, so we need housing both for...
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WTGS) — The Town of Hilton Head is continuing its efforts to create more affordable workforce housing with plans for a sustainable neighborhood that would allow more people who work on the island to afford to live there as well.
Hilton Head Mayor John McCann said that with the island's geography, the lack of housing is a severe issue making it difficult for entry-level workers to find a place they can afford.
"No matter what the price is at, we are short of housing, so we need housing both for the people that work here, for the teachers, for the policemen, for the people that work at restaurants," McCann said. "We need housing, but you've got to start somewhere."
Deputy town manager Josh Gruber said the issue is not only high real estate values but the lack of housing altogether, and that's why they've put forth a strategic plan that proposes using land owned by the Town to be converted into an affordable and sustainable neighborhood of about 100 units.
"That's where the town is looking to kind of step in and create some product that currently doesn't exist that will be limited based upon the ranges of the area median income that will allow folks the opportunity to live and work on the island in a way that will be affordable within their budgets," Gruber said.
He said the project would be situated on more than 12 acres of land on the Town's Northpointe Tract and that it would be a public-private partnership relying on the expertise of a third party to plan and develop the neighborhood.
He added that the town council had established an advisory committee of three council members and three residents that would help choose the partner and the neighborhood's policies.
"If we have 800 people who are looking for housing but only 100 units having those policies will help us identify how do we select those 100 people out of that pool of 800 that are potentially looking for housing," Gruber said.
Gruber added that the Town is encouraging residents with backgrounds in financial advising, architecture, or real estate development to apply for a position on the advisory committee. They will review committee member appointments at the next council meeting on June 21.
Gruber said they are looking for ways to incorporate renewable energy into the neighborhood to keep in line with the Town's goal of sustainability.
He said that after assigning residents to the advisory committee and choosing a partner, they look forward to drafting a complete proposal for the town council by November.