At Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., we provide a broad range of legal services to clients in Manning and surrounding South Carolina communities, including assistance with family law and other domestic legal matters.
We know how sensitive divorce, support and custody issues can be for our clients. We pay close attention to their needs and focus our skills and resources on meeting their specific goals. By working with us today, we believe our family law clients can save money and stress in the future.=
We are a family-run law firm. We strive to provide that same sense of family camaraderie to each person who walks through our doors.
Whether you need help with a divorce, alimony, child custody, child support or other issues, get in touch with us today. We can provide a confidential consultation that is aimed at getting you headed in the right direction.
Feel free to call our office or reach us online and allow us to get started on your case today.
How a Family Law Attorney Can Help You
Many believe they can handle divorce and other family law matters without an attorney. However, when your family’s future peace and security are at stake, the do-it-yourself approach may not be the best option. Instead, you should work with an experienced South Carolina family law attorney.
At Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., we can assist you by:
- Providing an objective assessment of your situation – When you are ending your marriage, fighting for custody of your children or seeking support from a spouse or other parent, emotions can run high. A lawyer can use his or her education and experience in family law to objectively analyze your case and develop the best strategy for meeting your goals.
- Protecting your rights and interests – Some domestic issues such as those dealing with division of property, financial support and custody of children simply cannot be solved without the assistance of an attorney. We can help you by seeking a legally enforceable agreement and/or court order that will be aimed at protecting your rights and interests.
- Handling all necessary paperwork – Going through a divorce requires filing forms, written legal arguments and other court documents. It can also involve separation agreements that must be carefully drafted. It is important to work with a lawyer who can use his or her skill and training to ensure that all paperwork in your case is handled properly.
- Using alternative dispute resolution –< Litigating a divorce in Family Court carries the potential to be expensive and time-consuming. We can help you to save time, money – and a great deal of stress – by seeking a resolution of your domestic issues through mediation or arbitration.
- Advocating for you in court – When issues cannot be resolved outside of Family Court, we can aggressively advocate for you in a hearing, including presenting witnesses and other evidence on your behalf.
It starts with a consultation. We will take the time to learn more about your situation and the challenges you are facing, and we can discuss the specific legal services that our family law attorneys can provide to you.
Types of Family Law Cases We Handle
The lawyers at Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., have more than 120 years of combined legal experience. Our background allows us to assist clients in a wide variety of family law cases, including:
For many of our clients, seeking an order of separate maintenance and support can meet their short-term goals. It may be used as an alternative to a divorce or as a way to protect your finances and your children while you are going through the process of a divorce.
If you have decided to terminate your marriage, we can carefully guide you through the legal process.
It starts with determining whether you meet South Carolina residency requirements: You or your spouse must have resided in the state for at least one year prior to filing for a divorce, or both of you must have lived in South Carolina for at least three months before bringing the divorce action.
We can also help you to identify and establish the grounds for your divorce:
- Fault-based – Your spouse committed adultery, deserted you for at least one year, engaged in physical cruelty or engaged in habitual drunkenness.
- Non-fault-based – You and your spouse have lived continuously physically separate and apart for one year.
We can help you with filing paperwork in the proper court, and we can also handle all related issues in your case.
Whether you are a husband or wife, you may be eligible to receive spousal support, or “alimony.” In South Carolina, alimony may be granted on a temporary or permanent basis. It can be awarded as periodic payments or in a lump sum. We can help you to seek the form of alimony that best suits your circumstances.
Division of Marital Property
When going through a divorce in South Carolina, you are entitled to an equitable division of your marital property, or any property that was acquired by you or your spouse after the date of your marriage and before the date of your separation. We can help you to identify all marital property involved in your case, including:
- Real estate (homes or other property)
- Cars, trucks and motorcycles
- Household items like furniture and appliances
- Jewelry and other valuables
- Stocks and other investments
- Pension plans and retirement accounts (IRAs)
In most cases, we can reach a fair division of your marital assets and debts through a settlement agreement. However, we will be prepared to protect your rights if the issue goes before a Family Court judge.
As a parent going through a divorce, you may wish to continue to live with your child (physical custody), make decisions about the child’s welfare (legal custody) or both. If you do not have physical custody of the child, then you may wish to retain visitation rights.
We can help you to develop a parenting plan that ensures your child’s best interests are met and advances your goals as a parent. If needed, we can advocate for you in a custody hearing.
We can assist you with using the South Carolina Child Support Guidelines to arrive at a child support agreement that meets your child’s needs and reflects the ability of you and your spouse to provide financial support for the child.
Enforcement / Modification
Even after a spousal support, child custody or child support agreement has been reached or ordered by a Family Court judge, you may need a lawyer’s assistance. We can help you to enforce separation agreements and court orders. We can also assist with seeking a modification when circumstances change.
We can advise and represent you in domestic, foster care or international adoptions. Our lawyers can help you to handle the extensive paperwork involved with adoptions in South Carolina and serve as a liaison between your family and the agencies you are working with in your adoption.
We take domestic violence seriously at Land, Parker & Welch, P.A. We can help you to seek a protective order that is aimed at keeping you and your children safe. We can also assist if you believe that you have been unjustly accused of domestic violence.
Get Help from a South Carolina Family Law Attorney Today
As you can see, family and domestic law involves many different areas. It is important to work with a law firm that has the skill, experience and resources to help you to address the issues in your family law case.
Get in touch with Land, Parker & Welch, P.A. You can reach us by phone or online. We serve clients in Manning and surrounding communities, including Sumter, Summerton, Kingstree, Mayesville, Turbeville, New Zion and Bishopville. We can provide an immediate consultation.
Sources / More Information
- Title 20, Domestic Relations, South Carolina Legislature
- Title 63, South Carolina Children’s Code, South Carolina Legislature
Child Support Guidelines, South Carolina Department of Social Services