FAMILY LAW



We offer free consultations to discuss your family law situation and help you determine if your matter will require the assistance of legal counsel.


DIVORCE

Marriage is intended to be a lifelong commitment. Unfortunately, vows get broken, marriages get irreparably damaged, and you can find yourself in the midst of a difficult divorce. At Smith Ammons Howle, we understand that divorce requires the client to navigate legal complexities through an emotional storm. Our attorneys deal with our divorce clients with compassion and care while fighting vigorously to protect their legal rights in regard to child custody, child support, alimony, property division, and restraining orders related to divorce.


CUSTODY

There may be no more important issue we deal with at Smith Ammons Howle than child custody. Determining which parent is the most fit to be the custodian of a child requires consideration of numerous factors including: the child’s preference, the needs of the child, any history of domestic violence, the wishes of the parents, and the ability of each parent to foster a relationship between the child and the other parent. Each of these factors is considered in determining what is in the best interests of the minor child. Our attorneys are experienced in presenting evidence to support our clients’ positions as being in the best interests of their children.


ADOPTION/TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS

There are not many things more rewarding or satisfying than assisting with the adoption of child. At Smith Ammons Howle, we are thrilled when biological parents and children are able to remain together as an intact family. Unfortunately, not every biological parent is fit for parenting, and in such instances, it is not in the best interests of the child to maintain that parent/child relationship. Adoption is often the best solution in cases where the biological parents are unfit. Smith Ammons Howle attorneys can help you through the tedious, but rewarding, process of adoption.


CHILD SUPPORT


Child support is an issue that often develops between divorced or unmarried parents of a minor child. Both parents have a responsibility to contribute financially for the well-being of the minor child. Child support is almost always determined in accordance with the South Carolina Department of Social Services Child Support Guidelines, which factor the incomes of both parents, child care expenses, and healthcare costs. The common issue of dispute when determining child support is getting an accurate reporting of income for both parents. Whether you have a need to establish child support or have a dispute with a current child support order, the attorneys at Smith Ammons Howle have the experience and knowledge to assist you.




Whether you need assistance in litigating a contested battle or simply need help in negotiating a settlement agreement, the team at Smith Ammons Howle is here to help you along the way. We have the experience and compassion to help you through these difficult times. We discuss with our clients realistic goals and the probability of what may happen next. Smith Ammons Howle works with clients regarding family law matters (divorce, custody, child support, adoption) in Florence, SC; Bishopville, SC; Darlington, SC; Hartsville, SC; Dillon, SC; Marion, SC; Mullins, SC; Sumter, SC; Camden, SC; Summerville, SC and other surrounding areas.


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