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In the United States, each state has its own laws, statutes, codes, and rules for legally terminating a marriage via divorce. Regardless of jurisdiction, a divorce can be either contested or uncontested. An uncontested divorce is the most common – in this scenario, both parties support a divorce, and often agree on issues such as property division and child support, which facilitates the court process. A contested divorce takes considerably longer and relies heavily on judicial intervention to decide on relevant issues such as property division, alimony, and visitation rights. Divorce attorneys can help resolve these issues.

Other family law issues includes marriage termination, parental rights and duties, paternity testing, guardianship, adoption, and LGBT relations. Most family law cases arise from the termination of a marriage or relationship. In divorce cases, family law attorneys help clients file for divorce and finalize related issues such as alimony, child custody, and division of property. Another important role of family law is prevention of physical and emotional abuse. While some divorce cases settle out of court, most individuals in family law cases hire local lawyers or attorneys due to the strong emotions associated with their issues.

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Let's talk about: pre-nuptial agreements

A pre-nuptial agreement is a legally binding contract between two people in contemplation of marriage that outlines how assets and liabilities are to be divided between them in the event the marriage ends in divorce. Since it is a contract, basic contract requirements must be present, including that the agreement must be in writing and both parties must sign the agreement. Under South Carolina law, a prenuptial agreement can be enforceable as long as certain other factors are met. They are included, but not limited to, the following: Was there any fraud, duress, misrepresentation, nondisclosure, or mistake in of material facts by one person or both people upon signing the pre-nuptial agreement? Is the agreement fairly balanced between both parties? Are the material facts present at the time of signing the same material facts at the time of the nuptials? The agreement can offer other terms of the marriage, including, but not limited to the following: What laws will be apply to the divorce and the prenuptial agreement during the divorce, if a divorce were to occur; How assets will be distributed in the event that one person dies during the marriage; and Sections that protect one person from assuming any pre-marital debts of the other person as a result of their marriage. Sections that describe the structure of any spousal support that may be paid, if any. As situations can arise in every marriage, having a pre-nuptial agreement allows both people to establish mutually-beneficial terms of a potential divorce before the wedding. They allow a couple to contemplate future issues and plan the best course of action for them, and allows decisions to be made while emotions are reserved and not made in the "heat of the moment." If you are contemplating getting married and would like to discuss a pre-nuptial agreement, or contemplating getting a divorce and have pre-nuptial agreement in place, please contact my office today for a free initial consultation to understand your rights under the agreement.