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What Special Arrangements Should Be Made in a Charleston Divorce Involving a Child With Special Needs?

Child with Disability | Divorce Lawyer | Charleston, SCOne of the first thoughts that runs through your mind during your divorce is how the divorce will affect your children. You want to know if they will be upset, if your relationship with them will stay the same, and if you will still be able to see them when you want.

If you are a parent of a special needs child, these concerns are magnified. Divorce issues, like child custody and child support, become more complex when the child involved has special needs. [Read more…]

Charleston Divorce Attorney Kenneth Peck Receives Highest Award from Martindale-Hubbell

AV Rating 2014 | Kenneth Peck | Divorce Lawyer | Charleston, SC | The Peck Law FirmSince 1995, divorce and family law attorney Kenneth Peck has received the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

An AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell indicates that a lawyer has the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability. Only the lawyers who have achieved the highest level of professional excellence earn this award. [Read more…]

Heath Insurance Post-Divorce: Are You Covered?

Health Care after Divorce | Divorce Attorney | Charleston, SC | The Peck Law FirmUnless you plan ahead, your Charleston divorce can wreak havoc on your finances. It can affect your financial security in ways that you expect—like the cost of the divorce itself and your reduced household income after the divorce is finalized—and in ways that you never anticipated.

One of the most frequently overlooked financial details of a Charleston divorce is health insurance.

Like many spouses, you may have obtained health insurance through your soon-to-be ex-spouse’s employer. Now that you are divorcing, can you retain your insurance? [Read more…]

Spoleto Festival Brings High Art to Charleston

Spoleto Festival | Charleston, SC | The Peck Law FirmA festival renowned the world over, the Spoleto Festival brings high art to Charleston each year.

Charleston’s 2014 Spoleto Festival will begin with a presentation of  My Cousin Rachel at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 22. The 2014 Spoleto Festival will continue through the entire month of May. The Festival will end on Sunday, June 8. [Read more…]

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Traits That Can Ruin Your Marriage

Divorce Attorney in Charleston, SC | The Peck Law FirmWhy do some couples stay married, while others get divorced?

The answers to this complex question are as varied as the couples themselves. However, well-respected research done by a team of psychologists sheds some light on the common traits that can foster unhappiness in a marriage.

The team, lead by John Gottman, recorded 80 couples talking about a recent argument and made note of the types of interactions. During this process, the team made a startling discovery, according to the Scientific American: as few as four behaviors “could be used to predict which couples would still be married 14 years later – with 93% accuracy.”

These “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” as they were called, are toxic to a marriage. [Read more…]

Cooper River Bridge Run

Charleston’s favorite race is back: the Cooper River Bridge Run is set to take place in just a few days.Cooper River Bridge Run | The Peck Law Firm

Every year, more than 35,000 runners and walkers participate in the run from Mt. Pleasant to downtown Charleston. Participants wind through Mt. Pleasant before crossing the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, which offers spectacular views of the river and of Charleston.

The Bridge’s great views aren’t the only feature that contributes to the popularity of this race. The Bridge Run offers activities and events for everyone before and after the race itself. These include the following: [Read more…]

How Divorcing Parents Can Plan for College Tuition

Divorce Attorney | Charleston, SC | The Peck Law FirmAs a parent, you know how expensive college is. The media is filled with reports of skyrocketing tuition prices as well as the catastrophic effect that student debt has on young professionals.

Like many parents, you may worry about how your family will afford the cost of tuition, textbooks, and room and board. You want to help your child with the cost of college (after all, most graduating high school seniors don’t go to college equipped with the money to pay for it), but it can be challenging to accomplish this goal.

Unfortunately, when you are divorcing or divorced, financing a college education can be exponentially more difficult and complex.

Still, there are a few things that you can do to make paying for your children’s education more manageable. A recent article from the Huffington Post gives some tips that may help you: [Read more…]

Will Divorce Hurt Your Child?

Distressed child | Divorce Lawyer | The Peck Law FirmThey are the questions that parents ask me most frequently when they are considering whether to file for a divorce. The parents want to know:

  • How will my child be affected if I get a divorce?
  • Should I continue to stay in my troubled marriage for the sake of my child?
  • Will my child suffer as an adult because of my divorce?

While no one can answer those questions with certainty for your child, a recent article in Scientific American summarizes the findings from the more respected studies of how children are affected by the divorce of their parents. Some of the findings from those studies may be surprising to you. [Read more…]

More Women Over 50 Getting Divorced

Women Filing for Divorce in Charleston, SC | Attorney The Peck Law FirmIf you’re a woman 50 years of age or older and you’ve decided to divorce your husband, you’re not alone.

Most people know that the divorce rate is high; however, few people realize that the divorce rate among “baby boomers” has increased dramatically.

A recent Wall Street Journal article reports, “Among people ages 50 and older, the divorce rate has doubled over the past two decades.”

This data comes from the U.S. Vital Statistics Report and the U.S. Census Bureau, compiled by a pair of Bowling Green State University sociologists. While overall, divorce rates have declined since the 1980s, the rate of “gray divorce” is the highest it’s ever been. [Read more…]

First Annual Lowcountry Family Expo

8536717_sAn event that promises to excite, engage, inform, and inspire: what could be better for your kids?

The first annual Lowcountry Family Expo promises to be a wonderful event for the whole family. It will have something for everyone, including interactive activities, exciting exhibits, and fun contests.

The Family Expo will begin on Saturday, March 8 at 10 a.m. in the Charleston Area Convention Center. [Read more…]