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 North Charleston, 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 North Charleston. 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 North Charleston" 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:
If you have been left to manage a foreign family law situation it's time to call Cobb Dill & Hammett LLC. We will sit down with you for an hour at absolutely no cost - because we understand what you're going through and know that you need answers not another bill to pay.
To help provide you with a basic understanding of family law keep reading for in-depth explanations on our areas of expertise.
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 North Charleston, SC include:
If you or your spouse do not have the necessary grounds for divorce in North Charleston 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 North Charleston 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 North Charleston, 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.
Many of the family law clients that walk into our office have big questions that are leaving them full of stress and worry.
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 North Charleston 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 North Charleston, 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:
Generally pensions are the second-largest asset in a marriage. When there are sufficient alternative income sources to compensate the non-pension holder South Carolina divorce courts may leave the pension rights with the spouse who earned it with future distribution available. Otherwise a divorce court may enter a Qualified Domestic Relations Order requiring the pension administrator to pay both the former spouse and worker.
The family home or the primary residential property owned by the divorcing couple is usually considered a marriage's biggest asset. Dividing this kind of property can be complex and frustrating especially when there are kids involved.
Many divorcing couples have a hard time reaching an agreement on property division. Because the division of property depends on the complexity of you or your spouse's assets and liabilities it is crucial to consult with an experienced family law attorney to provide guidance.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Saudi Arabia is buckled in and ready to take flight with Boeing.Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Gov. Henry McMaster joined other U.S. and Saudi dignitaries Friday to celebrate.In March, Riyadh Air and Saudia Airlines announced the purchase of 787 Drea...
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Saudi Arabia is buckled in and ready to take flight with Boeing.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Gov. Henry McMaster joined other U.S. and Saudi dignitaries Friday to celebrate.
In March, Riyadh Air and Saudia Airlines announced the purchase of 787 Dreamliners from Boeing's North Charleston plant.
Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States, stood in front of a photo taken in 1945 to show the evolved relationship of the two countries.
The picture showed the plane gifted to Saudi Arabia by former President Franklin Roosevelt.
"The good people of Boeing are the right people to build the future of my nation," the princess said.
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She announced they will spend trillions of dollars over the next decade to modernize their country and open up tourism to the world.
"You're creating jobs in the kingdom. You're creating a future for young people. You're helping my nation open up and invite others in," the princess said.
Their goal is to bring in 100 million tourists each year on Boeing flights.
"We don't get a second chance to make a first impression. And for many people coming from all of the world to enjoy the benefits of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that first impression will be at 38,000 feet," said Tony Douglas, the CEO of Riyadh Air.
Riyadh Air purchased 39 Dreamliners with the option to bring in 33 more jets.
"Because we've got no legacy, it allows us to become a really modern airline that takes guests' experiences to the next level," Douglas said.
Saudia Airlines purchased 39 Dreamliners to bolster their fleet.
The CEOs from both airlines say they considered many factors before choosing Boeing.
Saudi Arabia is buckled in and ready to take flight with Boeing. (WCIV)
"Some of it is sustainability. Some of it is fuel consumption," said Captain Ibrahim Koshy, CEO of Saudia Airlines.
Sen. Lindsey Graham says this is a $36 billion investment in South Carolina.
"We're gonna be building airplanes in Charleston for decades now because of this simple buy, and there's more coming," Graham said.
But the senator says it's more about the two countries coming together.
This is maybe the most consequential purchase for our state, and maybe in the history of Boeing, because it allowed us to engage a problematic ally in a new way," Graham said. "This is not about 121 jets.
NORTH CHARLESTON — The landmark paper mill here will close for good this summer, more than 86 years after establishing itself along the Cooper River as an industrial economic pillar for the Lowcountry through good times and bad.WestRock Co. announced May 2 that the site will be shut down Aug. 31, citing a “combination of high operating costs and the need for significant capital investment.”“WestRock is committed to improving its return on invested capital as well as maximizing the performance of its asse...
NORTH CHARLESTON — The landmark paper mill here will close for good this summer, more than 86 years after establishing itself along the Cooper River as an industrial economic pillar for the Lowcountry through good times and bad.
WestRock Co. announced May 2 that the site will be shut down Aug. 31, citing a “combination of high operating costs and the need for significant capital investment.”
“WestRock is committed to improving its return on invested capital as well as maximizing the performance of its assets,” the Atlanta-based company said.
The hulking blue industrial complex known for emitting a distinctive sulfur-like odor employs about 500 workers, down about 44 percent over the past five years.
It’s been manufacturing goods from pine trees since July 1937, when a distant corporate ancestor of the current owner and operator fired up its machinery for the first time off of Virginia Avenue.
“WestRock and its predecessor companies have had a long history in the region operating the North Charleston mill, and the contributions of the team members over the years have been greatly appreciated,” CEO David B. Sewell said in a written statement.
He added that the decision “to close a facility and impact the lives of our team members is never easy, and we are committed to assisting our North Charleston team with exploring roles at other WestRock locations and outplacement assistance.”
Mayor Keith Summey lamented the closure but said he realized it was only a matter of time when, in 2019, the company announced it was shuttering a local production line and eliminating about 260 jobs.
“We’ve known for a while that the industry has been going down,” Summey said May 2. “The biggest thing we will be doing now is trying to find jobs for those folks who are laid off so they won’t have to leave.”
It wasn’t immediately clear what will become of the roughly 331-acre waterfront site between U.S. Interstate 526 and the State Ports Authority’s North Charleston Terminal. The company said that after the 120-day shutdown period “the property will be prepared for sale.”
“It will make a valuable piece of land for development for the future,” Summey said.
WestRock acquired the mill in late 2018 as part of its buyout of KapStone Paper & Packaging Corp. At the time, the North Charleston site employed about 900 workers.
The plant manufactures several products, including containerboard, and can turn out about 550,000 tons a year. WestRock said it plans to stop making a commodity known in the industry as “unbleached saturating kraft paper” after the shutdown is completed.
WestRock estimated in a federal securities filing Tuesday that the cost of the closure against its earnings will be $515 million, including asset write-offs and $28 million in severance and other employee-related expenses.
Remarkably, the mill has changed hands just twice since it made its debut near the end of the Great Depression. Many old-timers in the Charleston region still refer to it as “Westvaco,” reflecting a truncated name of the company that built it.
It started with William Luke, whose Piedmont Pulp & Paper Co. was incorporated in 1899 as West Virginia Pulp & Paper Co. The name was shortened to Westvaco Corp. in 1969 and then became MeadWestvaco about 20 years ago, reflecting the buyout of a rival manufacturer. It sold the North Charleston mill in 2008 to Chicago-based KapStone.
The acquisition of MeadWestvaco by Rock-Tenn Corp. in 2015 gave rise to the WestRock brand. The ownership of the mill came full circle nearly five years ago, when the company snapped up KapStone.
WestRock’s other forest-product operations in South Carolina include several manufacturing plants in Florence, Cowpens, Latta and Spartanburg. It sold its Summerville sawmill to a Canadian company in 2021.
WestRock also exited a land development venture that MeadWestvaco had launched. And it spun off a chemical division into what is now Ingevity Corp., a publicly traded company headquartered just down the road from the North Charleston paper mill.
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) today announced it will permanently cease operating its paper mill in North Charleston, South Carolina, on August 31, 2023.“The decision to close a facility and impact the lives of our team members is never easy, and we are committed to assisting our North Charleston team with exploring roles at other WestRock locations and outplacement assistance.”...
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) today announced it will permanently cease operating its paper mill in North Charleston, South Carolina, on August 31, 2023.
“The decision to close a facility and impact the lives of our team members is never easy, and we are committed to assisting our North Charleston team with exploring roles at other WestRock locations and outplacement assistance.”Tweet this
“WestRock and its predecessor companies have had a long history in the region operating the North Charleston mill, and the contributions of the team members over the years have been greatly appreciated,” said David B. Sewell, chief executive officer at WestRock. “The decision to close a facility and impact the lives of our team members is never easy, and we are committed to assisting our North Charleston team with exploring roles at other WestRock locations and outplacement assistance.”
The North Charleston mill produces containerboard, uncoated kraft paper (KraftPak®), and unbleached saturating kraft paper (DuraSorb®), with a combined annual capacity of 550,000 tons. Containerboard and uncoated kraft currently produced at the mill will be manufactured at other WestRock facilities. The Company intends to exit the unbleached saturating kraft paper business when the mill shutdown is completed.
WestRock is committed to improving its return on invested capital as well as maximizing the performance of its assets. The combination of high operating costs and the need for significant capital investment were the determining factors in the decision to cease operations at the mill.
The North Charleston mill employs approximately 500 people. Employees will receive severance and outplacement assistance in accordance with WestRock policy and labor union agreements.
WestRock (NYSE: WRK) is a global leader in sustainable paper and packaging solutions, with more than 58,000 teammates in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Our integrated packaging capabilities offer end-to-end solutions to help customers address their greatest challenges.
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NORTH CHARLESTON — The city of North Charleston is planning to make a $6 million purchase of about 400 acres of land around Ingleside Boulevard, property that will be used to develop what the city is calling an urban park.But this recreational amenity that some say will enhance quality of life is raising concerns about livability.City Council voted unanimously April 27 to move forward with buying the property, currently owned by Weber USA Corp. The tracts of land make up what is known as the Ingleside Weber Park System, l...
NORTH CHARLESTON — The city of North Charleston is planning to make a $6 million purchase of about 400 acres of land around Ingleside Boulevard, property that will be used to develop what the city is calling an urban park.
But this recreational amenity that some say will enhance quality of life is raising concerns about livability.
City Council voted unanimously April 27 to move forward with buying the property, currently owned by Weber USA Corp. The tracts of land make up what is known as the Ingleside Weber Park System, located west of Interstate 26.
Most of the property consists of wetlands, though just over 100 acres are highlands, or areas that can be walked or built upon. The idea is to use the 400-acre space to create a passive park that will include boardwalks, walking paths and nature trails.
Instead of having to travel elsewhere to hike or enjoy the outdoors, people in North Charleston will be able to practice that kind of recreational activity essentially in their own backyard, Mayor Keith Summey said.
To pay for the land purchase, $3 million is being provided in Charleston County Greenbelt funds, $1 million in city tax-increment finance district funds, $1 million from the South Carolina Conservation Bank, and $1 million from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
City spokesman Ryan Johnson said North Charleston is doing the project because the plan is a good use of greenbelt funds, which are designed to help conserve outdoor space. It was also convenient that North Charleston was able to secure additional grant opportunities, Johnson added. There is no timetable yet for the park’s construction.
“Having a big park in an urban core is a very good amenity,” he said.
The idea of a park that could potentially bring more noise to the area alarmed Councilwoman Virginia Jamison, who has been fighting for a decade for a sound barrier to be built along I-26 to protect members of Deerpark, Northwood Estates and other adjacent communities from the blaring sounds of traffic commuting along the highway. Acquiring necessary funding from the city, county or state to build the wall has not been successful.
During a recent Finance Committee meeting, Jamison said her constituents are concerned about the increased levels of sounds emitting from the interstate and they are also worried that more noise will come from the new park. Traffic could also increase soon, as the county’s new Palmetto Commerce Interchange will soon be constructed nearby at Weber Boulevard.
Other development is also on the way to Ingleside Boulevard, which is already home to a few neighborhoods, several churches and a handful of businesses. Developers are planning on the southern end of the boulevard to build a town center that will include retail and restaurant space, a parking deck, hundreds of apartment units, and hundreds of hotel rooms.
Jamison called on City Council to take noise reduction seriously.
“If this body is not concerned about the livability and quality of life in our city, then I have a problem,” said Jamison, who did not attend the April 27 full council meeting.
Councilwoman Dorothy Williams echoed her concerns.
Summey implied that the park will center on passive nature, pointing to its focus on walking trails. The only physical building that will be constructed at the park is a facility to house restrooms and first aid.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ingevity Corporation (NYSE:NGVT) announced today that operations at the company’s North Charleston, South Carolina, plant will continue as normal with the announced closure of WestRock Company’s (NYSE:WRK) North Charleston, South Carolina, paper mill. The two companies will work together to transition limited shared services ahead of the August 31, 2023, closure of the WestRock facility. The companies share a commo...
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ingevity Corporation (NYSE:NGVT) announced today that operations at the company’s North Charleston, South Carolina, plant will continue as normal with the announced closure of WestRock Company’s (NYSE:WRK) North Charleston, South Carolina, paper mill. The two companies will work together to transition limited shared services ahead of the August 31, 2023, closure of the WestRock facility. The companies share a common history, but Ingevity has operated as a stand-alone public company since May of 2016.
“While we anticipate some cost with the transition of shared services, we expect minimal disruption to our operations,” said Ingevity president and CEO, John Fortson. “Our primary focus as WestRock exits their plant site is to ensure safe operations and continue to meet the needs of our customers.”
WestRock’s plant closure does not impact Ingevity’s recently announced long-term supply agreement for crude tall oil (CTO) with WestRock.
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