You Don't Have To Face Divorce Alone

Divorce may be one of the most difficult things you face in life. Thankfully, however, you don't have to face it alone.

While it's important to lean on loved ones for emotional support, it's just as important to turn to an attorney for legal support. A knowledgeable lawyer can guide you through the myriad legal complexities while ensuring that your interests are protected.

At the Law Office of Jason S. Stevens, LLC, we are here to provide the knowledgeable advice and assistance you need. We also understand that what works for one client won't necessarily work for another. Therefore, in order to formulate the strategy that best fits your unique situation, we will take the time to listen to you.

Our aim is to not only help you make the right decisions, but to support and assist you every step of the way. Call our Charleston office at 843-410-3953 for a free consultation.

What Divorce Method Is Right For You?

Not all divorces have to be combative or even contentious. New alternatives such as mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods have emerged in the legal landscape. These alternatives can diminish the hostility that has so long plagued the area of divorce and domestic law, preventing many long legal battles that are mentally exhausting and fruitless. Using mediation, for example, is typically less expensive, less time-consuming and less contentious than litigation. It also gives you much more control over the outcome.

That's why at the Law Office of Jason S. Stevens, LLC, we will cater our strategy to fit your needs. Count on us to fully advise you of every alternative available so you can make the right decision for your situation.

Why It's Never A Good Idea To Do It Yourself

While it is always a good idea to consult an attorney regarding legal matters, it is especially important to consult a lawyer before proceeding in any matter relating to divorce, child custody or financial support obligations.

Why? Because South Carolina law can be extremely confusing, and any legal misstep may potentially result in dire consequences. Depending on the situation, you may lose custody of a child, have to pay far too much child support, lose retirement assets and personal property, or face endless alimony payments.

When Children Are Involved, Legal Counsel Is Even More Critical

Child custody battles and disagreements can get ugly fast. This leads to many misconceptions about child custody and visitation cases. Many parents fear they will have to stand in front of a judge and argue their side until the judge makes the final decision.

While that does happen, it is not the norm. In fact, a recent U.S. Census Bureau reports that fewer than 5 percent of all child custody cases are settled in a courtroom. That surely will give you a sense of relief. Nevertheless, you will still have to settle parenting issues through mediation or private discourse, both of which call for strong representation by a knowledgeable attorney.

Numerous factors can affect the outcome, both negatively or positively. If you are fighting for (or against) custody or visitation, be prepared. Everything about you and your ex-partner will be taken into consideration:

  • Current job and job history
  • Type of housing
  • History of your housing and how many times you have recently moved
  • Mental health issues — past or present
  • Past or present drug/alcohol issues, charges or treatment
  • Any record of domestic disputes

Additionally, the child's "best interest" is taken into consideration. Some of the factors the court will consider are:

  • Child's age, gender, mental and physical health
  • Both parents' mental and physical health
  • Lifestyle and social factors of the parent that might affect the child (such as secondhand smoke or abuse)
  • Emotional ties between each parent and the child
  • Child's living pattern
  • The parent's ability to provide food, shelter, emotional support, guidance, clothing and medical care
  • The child's preference, if he or she is over 12 years old
  • The ability and willingness of the parent to provide healthy communication and contact between the child and the other parent

As you can see, child custody matters can become very complex very quickly. No matter your situation, you deserve a legal advocate who will inform you of your parental rights and diligently protect your relationships with your children.

Contact Us For A Free Initial Consultation

Call the Law Office of Jason S. Stevens, LLC, at 843-410-3953 or contact our Charleston office online to set up a free initial consultation. We look forward to speaking with you about your family law concerns.