Pickens Family Law Attorneys Provide Compassionate Guidance
South Carolina firm handles a full range of domestic legal concerns
At Acker Lambert Hinton P.A. in Pickens, we provide family law services for clients dealing with issues involving divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, premarital agreements and more. Our firm is dedicated to helping families in crisis in Pickens and the surrounding areas. We understand how important your family is to you and we are honored you are considering our firm to assist you with legal matters that affect your family. When representing you, we will work diligently to recommend and negotiate solutions that help your family move forward. Though we have significant proven successful litigation experience, we also provide represent parties in alternative methods of dispute resolution such as divorce mediation or the collaborative process.
Lawyers handle divorce, custody and child support matters
Legal issues that affect your household and loved ones might seem overwhelming, but we deliver comprehensive, professional support aimed at easing your worries in proceedings related to:
- Divorce — No one looks forward to divorce, but we assert the interests of spouses effectively in pursuit of a marriage dissolution order that treats them fairly and helps start the next chapter of their lives on the right foot.
- Child custody — Parents want what is best for their sons and daughters, but determining what that entails can be very difficult, especially during an emotional breakup. No matter what conflicts exist between you and your spouse, we strive to establish mutually beneficial child custody terms so that children can grow up in a healthy environment and maintain strong bonds with both parents.
- Child support — When parents live apart, child support is typically calculated based on a formula that compares each parent’s income and also factors in payments for health insurance, extraordinary medical treatment and child care. Whether you’re providing or collecting child support, we’ll tell you what the rate should be and can represent you in disputes over enforcement, modification and the funding of special expenses like private school tuition.
- Separate maintenance and support — South Carolina does not offer legal separation status to spouses who no longer wish to live together while remaining married. However, whether you and your spouse are in different homes as a prelude to filing for a no-fault divorce or another reason, you can establish terms relating to custody, child support, alimony and the allocation of property. We work to protect our clients’ interests by obtaining a fair Order of Maintenance and Support either through negotiation or advocacy before the court.
By taking the time to learn about your unique circumstances, our family law attorneys can create a strategy that is tailored to your needs and protects your interests.
Legal counselors prepare prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
When emotions are running high during a divorce, deciding on issues such as property distribution and spousal support could be a difficult, expensive process. Creating an enforceable prenuptial agreement is a useful way to create a fair framework for these issues, especially if your joint and separate assets are complex and/or considerable. South Carolina courts usually honor these documents if they are written, entered into voluntarily and follow a full financial disclosure from each side. Our firm strives to promote honest communication and develops sound prenuptial agreements, as well as postnuptial agreements for couples who are already married but seek clarity on their property rights in the event of a divorce.
Litigators represent clients in alimony negotiations and proceedings
A spouse who relies on their partner for income could experience severe financial hardship after a divorce. To help these wives and husbands make ends meet, South Carolina authorizes several different types of alimony. While the divorce case is pending, a spouse can receive temporary alimony that lasts until a final marriage dissolution order is finalized. Post-divorce, spousal support can be awarded to help someone rehabilitate their ability to support themselves or reimburse them for the contributions they made to their husband or wife’s career. Payments might be ordered on a periodic basis or as a lump sum. Judges usually consider various factors in these decisions, including the length of the marriage, the income potential of each party and whether any marital misconduct occurred. Our attorneys are strong advocates both for clients seeking alimony payments and those who are being asked to support their ex-spouse. We also advise on civil and criminal proceedings that can result if spousal support is unpaid.
Skillful family law advocates assist with contempt of court issues
Family court orders must be taken seriously. Violators of these directives risk civil contempt sanctions and even potential criminal punishment. Whether you’re looking to hold someone accountable for their misconduct or are being accused of contempt, we’ll review the facts thoroughly and press for an appropriate result.
Contact an experienced South Carolina family lawyer for a confidential consultation
Acker Lambert Hinton P.A. in Pickens handles a wide range of family law concerns for residents of Greenville, Easley and other area communities. Please call 864-668-1013 or contact us online to schedule your confidential consultation.