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 Kiawah 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 Kiawah 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 Kiawah 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 Kiawah Island" SC include:
If you or your spouse do not have the necessary grounds for divorce in Kiawah 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 Kiawah 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 Kiawah 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 Kiawah 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 Kiawah 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 South Carolina beach was named one of the nation’s best places to soak up the sun, a new report finds.The beach at Kiawah Beachwalker Park ranks No. 9 on a list of places offering top-notch surf, sand and other qualities that make for a relaxing getaway, according to results published Wednesday, May 25.Stephen P. Leatherman — a Florida International University professor with the nickname “Dr. Beach” — created the rankings afte...
A South Carolina beach was named one of the nation’s best places to soak up the sun, a new report finds.
The beach at Kiawah Beachwalker Park ranks No. 9 on a list of places offering top-notch surf, sand and other qualities that make for a relaxing getaway, according to results published Wednesday, May 25.
Stephen P. Leatherman — a Florida International University professor with the nickname “Dr. Beach” — created the rankings after conducting his annual study of 650 public beaches. This time, he used 50 criteria to evaluate the water, sand, safety and cleanliness at locations across the United States, findings show.
Beachwalker Park was the only place in the Palmetto State to earn a top 10 spot on the national list. The park lies along the ocean on Kiawah Island, roughly 25 miles south of the tourist hotspot of Charleston, according to the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission website.
In Dr. Beach’s report, the park received nods for being in a setting that boasts access to waterfront activities.
“This is a nature-lovers coast so visitors can bring their canoes and kayaks to paddle through the tidal inlets,” the report said. “It is also fun to walk or bicycle down the fine-grained sand beach to Captain Sam’s Inlet to see thousands of birds. The water is not clear, but it is clean and provides fantastic seafood for low-country cooking.”
Beachwalker Park is no stranger to earning national recognition. It also landed at No. 9 on last year’s list, when it received the same nature-related acclaim.
The latest rankings were released just ahead of Memorial Day weekend, which is expected to kick off a busy U.S. travel season.
So far this year, Charleston was named one of the nation’s trendiest places to visit based on vacation website data. The region also has been honored for having top-ranking places to eat and drink beer.
Overall, the highest scoring location on Dr. Beach’s list was Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Rounding out the top five were Caladesi Island State Park in Florida, Cooper’s Beach in New York, St. George Island State Park in Florida and Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Hawaii, The News & Observer reported.
A prominent coastal retail center in the Charleston area is now under new ownership for the third time in its 17-year history.Columbia-based Edens, a national retail real estate owner, operator and developer, announced June 15 it has acquired Freshfields Village between Kiawah and Seabrook islands at the south end of Betsy Kerrison Parkway.The new owner did not disclose the financial terms, and the deed was not immediately available at the Charleston County Register of Deeds Office.The 191,850-square-foot shopping center...
A prominent coastal retail center in the Charleston area is now under new ownership for the third time in its 17-year history.
Columbia-based Edens, a national retail real estate owner, operator and developer, announced June 15 it has acquired Freshfields Village between Kiawah and Seabrook islands at the south end of Betsy Kerrison Parkway.
The new owner did not disclose the financial terms, and the deed was not immediately available at the Charleston County Register of Deeds Office.
The 191,850-square-foot shopping center, anchored by Harris Teeter supermarket, last changed hands for $59.8 million in 2013, when Northwood Investors of New York City acquired the roughly 15-acre property from Kiawah Partners.
“We are honored and excited to become the stewards of Freshfields Village,” said Edens’ CEO Jodie W. McLean. “Through its thoughtful curation of programming and public space activation, this iconic property has earned its reputation as a place where lasting memories and connections are made — an ethos that very much aligns with our mission to enrich community.”
She called Freshfields a “pillar of the Lowcountry” and noted her bullishness about the shopping center business.
“I’ve never been more optimistic about brick-and-mortar retail than I am today,” McLean said. “I think we will still have some rightsizing of retail in this country, but our foot traffic is way up since pre-Covid numbers. ... Stores that are embedded in neighborhoods that are designed where people come together are in high demand. We think Freshfields fits that model to a tee.”
The shopping center, with 99 percent occupancy, is home to more than 70 retailers, restaurants and service-oriented businesses. It also is the site of more than 80 public events throughout the year.
The merchant mix at Freshfields includes national, regional and Lowcountry businesses such as Lululemon, Faherty, Bluemercury, Johnny Was, Vineyard Vines, Las Olas, GDC Home and The Co-Op. Several big banks also operate branches at the property.
Edens was founded in the Palmetto State capital in 1966 and now has a portfolio of 110 properties through the U.S. in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Almost all of the company’s retail centers are open-air shopping destinations.
In South Carolina, Edens’ holdings include Trenholm Plaza, Crosshill Shopping Center and Columbiana Station, all in Columbia.
Welcome to the Golfweek’s Best 2022 list of the Top 200 Modern Courses built in or after 1960 in the United States.Each year we publish many lists, with this Top 200 Modern Courses list among the premium offerings. Also extremely popular and significant are the lists for Top 200 Classic Courses, the Best Courses You Can Play State by State and Best Private Courses State by State.The hundreds of members of o...
Welcome to the Golfweek’s Best 2022 list of the Top 200 Modern Courses built in or after 1960 in the United States.
Each year we publish many lists, with this Top 200 Modern Courses list among the premium offerings. Also extremely popular and significant are the lists for Top 200 Classic Courses, the Best Courses You Can Play State by State and Best Private Courses State by State.
The hundreds of members of our course-ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on 10 criteria on a points basis of 1 through 10. They also file a single, overall rating on each course. Those overall ratings are averaged to produce these rankings. The top handful of courses in the world have an average rating of above 9, while many excellent layouts fall into the high-6 to the 8 range.
To ensure these lists are up-to-date, Golfweek’s Best in recent years has altered how the individual ratings are compiled into the rankings. Only ratings from rounds played in the past 10 years are included in the compilations. This helps ensure that any course in the rankings still measures up.
Courses also must have a minimum of 25 votes to qualify for the Top 200 Modern or the Top 200 Classic. Other Golfweek’s Best lists, such as Best Courses You Can Play or Best Private, do not require as many votes. This makes it possible that a course can show up on other lists but not on the premium Top 200 lists.
Each course is listed with its average rating next to the name, the location, the year it opened and the designers. The list also notes in parenthesis next to the name of each course where that course ranked in 2021. Also included with many courses are links to recent stories about that layout.
After the designers are several designations that note what type of facility it is:
• p: private • d: daily fee • r: resort course • t: tour course • u: university • m: municipal • re: real estate • c: casino
* Indicates new to or returning to this list.
Editor’s note: The 2022 Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses list for the top 200 layouts built before 1960 in the U.S. was posted Wednesday, May 25. The Best Courses You Can Play lists and the Best Private Courses lists will follow over the next two weeks.
Owning a piece of sweet Southern pie is sweet. Especially if you put in the money to make it sweeter. Following last year’s sale of Palmetto Bluff, the Lowcountry vacation destination in the heart of South Carolina is upping its game under the new ownership.The charming community is rolling out even more luxury experiences, private home real estate offerings and new amenities. Already known for its picturesque setting and Southern hospitality, Palmetto Bluff has long stood out as a top luxury retreat land.In addition to d...
Owning a piece of sweet Southern pie is sweet. Especially if you put in the money to make it sweeter. Following last year’s sale of Palmetto Bluff, the Lowcountry vacation destination in the heart of South Carolina is upping its game under the new ownership.
The charming community is rolling out even more luxury experiences, private home real estate offerings and new amenities. Already known for its picturesque setting and Southern hospitality, Palmetto Bluff has long stood out as a top luxury retreat land.
In addition to dreamy vacation homes with screened-in porches and rocking chairs, there are extensive nature trails, two vibrant village centers complete with river access, boat storage, a canoe club, a topnotch food and beverage program, the Forbes’ Five Star rated Montage Palmetto Bluff resort and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course.
The popular resort gained even more buzz after Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin held their wedding there with a grand property takeover complete with hundreds of high-profile celebrity guests.
Last summer, South Street Partners (also the brains behind South Carolina’s Kiawah Island) along with Henderson Park Capital Partners took ownership of the 20,000-acre property surrounded by 32 miles of riverfront.
The development duo has kicked off a rollout of updates and additions that will be exclusive to homeowners of Palmetto Bluff, including new food and beverage offerings, activity options and new luxury homes with access to a large waterfront and the Southern Intracoastal Waterway.
In addition to the new homes, which range from quaint village cottages to spacious open lots overlooking the river, a new enclave of available homesites dubbed Moreland Forest debuted in November 2021. The response was more than impressive. An unprecedented 13 homesites were bought for $12.8M on the first day of pre-release sales.
Strategically designed to include homesites that overlook preserved areas of Palmetto Bluff and built around wildlife corridors, this new collection of homesites is all about being immersed in nature. They are located along the inland water trail and lagoons.
To refresh the dining experiences, South Street tapped Australian chef Rhy Waddington to be the new culinary director of the Palmetto Bluff Club. Waddington gained food fame in his previous role at Winged Foot Club and has been invited to cook for the James Beard House. Known for his devotion to the freshest ingredients from local sources, Waddington plans to enhance Palmetto Bluff’s food by relying on the natural bounty of the vast property’s nature land and the surrounding country.
The expansion of Palmetto Bluff Farm is underway, geared around lifting the farm to table food experience to a whole new level. New facilities will include a reimagined greenhouse structure with its own showcase kitchen. Palmetto Bluff homeowners can even get fresh produce delivered to their doorsteps.
The first major development from the South Street shift happened this month with the the $4.5 million renovation of the River House, a steakhouse in a classically cool dining space overlooking the May River that is surrounded by the sweeping oak trees Palmetto Bluff is so known for.
The pandemic only drove home the benefits of Palmetto Bluff’s spacious scenery and nature surroundings even more for many. There was a record-breaking spike in home sales. Now, South Street has ambitious plans to bring even more magic to his one of a kind Southern getaway.
Palmetto Bluff now boasts at least 800 homes, with about 400 more under construction. The ownership change hasn’t come without controversy with a group of homeowners filing a lawsuit over dues and other complaints, including the developers’ allegedly trying to curtail short-term rentals.
This Southern retreat is certainly changing as it looks to the future of a special piece of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.
Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Kiawah Island. Three of the most famous places to play golf in the United States, and the only three "19th holes" better than the magnificence at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club.Golfweek, part of the USA TODAY Network, on Friday continued its annual "...
Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Kiawah Island. Three of the most famous places to play golf in the United States, and the only three "19th holes" better than the magnificence at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club.
Golfweek, part of the USA TODAY Network, on Friday continued its annual "best of" series with the top 10 19th holes in America, and "The patio and Adirondack chairs at Arcadia Bluffs" in Arcadia came in tied for fourth.
Also fourth was "McKee’s Pub and firepit at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort" at the acclaimed golf destination in Bandon, Oregon.
Arcadia Bluffs, whose Bluffs Course again was named the top public-access golf course in Michigan by Golfweek and No. 26 in the country, was founded in 1999 and is about 250 miles northwest of Detroit. It also boasts the acclaimed geometrical South Course one mile down the road, which opened for play in 2018 and ranks sixth in the state and No. 94 among publics in the U.S.
The famed Adirondack chairs at Arcadia Bluffs allow visitors to sit on the lawn overlooking the 18th green, offering unlimited views of 3,100 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline.
Servers take drink and dessert orders from the lawn, so all you have to do is sit back, sip and enjoy the sprawling beauty before you.
"Wonderful post-round atmosphere," rater Chris in Canton wrote the Free Press.
At the stately, tasteful lodge and clubhouse — which is open everyday from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. — numerous seating options on patios or indoors also offer comfort and spectacular views of the course and lake. And yes, the food matches the scenery.
More than 400 votes were cast from 800-plus "Golfweek’s Best" raters to determine the top 10 golf course bars and restaurants, which above all else, was based on vibes. Views, food, drink menu and service were all a part of the conversation. But Golfweek wanted to find the best places to relax and hang out after a round.
"Enjoy a sip, the conversation, the golf and the heritage," Golfweek wrote. "It can be difficult to describe what makes one space a better hangout than others, but you know it when you see it. And then you never want to leave."
Forest Dunes in Roscommon also received a plethora of votes, but did not crack the top 10.
The ranking includes seven public-access courses and three private clubs.
1. The Tap Room at Pebble Beach Resort in Pebble Beach, California.
2. The Deuce at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
3. The Ryder Cup Bar at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
T4. The patio and Adirondack chairs at Arcadia Bluffs in Arcadia.
T4. McKee’s Pub and firepit at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Oregon.
T6. The first-tee patio at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
T6. The porch at Secession Golf Club in Beaufort, South Carolina.
T6. Sticks at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, California.
T6. The patio and Heckle Deck at Sweetens Cove in South Pittsburg, Tennessee.
T6. Ben’s Porch at Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Nebraska.
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