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Fighting Like Cats and Dogs…Over Cats and Dogs

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Pet Custody during DivorcePets can be a source of excitement, happiness, and comfort. They are often seen as members of the family, which is why many people refer to them as their “furry children.” In fact, a pet often acts as a surrogate child for many younger married couples, who delay having children until they are financially ready.

Having a “child-like” pet with your spouse can be wonderful—until you get a divorce.

As reported in the Huffington Post, there has been a significant jump in “dog fights” between divorcing couples disputing custody of family pets. A recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that 27 percent of divorce lawyers have seen a rise in the number of couples fighting over pets in the last five years.

The results of the survey showed that 22 percent of the divorce attorneys saw courts more often allow pet custody cases. Twenty percent felt that the courts have increasingly deemed the pet to be an asset.
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What Special Arrangements Should Be Made in a Charleston Divorce Involving a Child With Special Needs?

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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…]

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Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights?

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Grandparent's rights | Family Law Attorney | Charleston, SCBeing a grandparent in Charleston can be one of the more rewarding experiences in your life. Like most grandparents, you enjoy spending time with your grandchildren and you want to visit them regularly.

Perhaps, something has changed in your relationship with your son or daughter. They may be threatening to keep you from seeing your granddaughter or grandson. [Read more…]

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Virtual Visitation: A New Option for Divorcing Parents?

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Virtual visitation | Divorce Lawyer | Charleston, SCFor non-custodial parents, or parents who don’t have custody of their children, staying in touch can be difficult. Visitation can be limited to just a few holidays, every other weekend, or perhaps one evening a week.

If the non-custodial parent lives far away, visitation can be even more challenging and infrequent.  [Read more…]

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Dad Called “Unfit Parent” for Refusing to Give Son McDonald’s

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Father and son | Divorce Attorney | Charleston, SCThose of us who have young children know that they can be stubborn, irrational, and prone to tantrums. (There’s a reason why toddlers are said to go through the “terrible twos.”) During this period, discipline can be difficult; yet it’s necessary if you don’t want your children to turn into irresponsible adults. [Read more…]

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Protecting Your Children in a Charleston Divorce

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Too often in a divorce, the gloves come off – and the split gets ugly!Charleston, SC Divorce Attorney Ken Peck

If the children get caught in the divorce “cross-fire,” they can suffer severe emotional damages.

By putting the needs of your children first and working with a skilled child counselor and an experienced Charleston divorce lawyer, you can minimize many of the negative effects of divorce on your children.

Angry parents frequently engage in a behavior that is called “parental alienation.” As explained in a recent article in Psychology Today, parental alienation can have very damaging long-term impact on a child.

In my practice as a child custody lawyer in Charleston, I have seen many examples of parental alienation, including:

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Divorced and a Parent? Don’t Make These Mistakes.

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Divorced parent - The Peck Law FirmWhen you are going through a divorce, the well-being and happiness of your children is often your primary concern. Divorce can be devastating to not only you but your children as well. That is why it is so important that you make sure your children know they are loved, no matter what happens between their parents. [Read more…]

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Murder for Hire: Unhappy Women Plot to Kill Husbands over Child Custody Arrangements

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Child custody cases - The Peck Law FirmIn a divorce, the most contentious and emotional of all issues can be child custody. When the well-being of your children is at stake, it’s only natural to want to protect them.

Tragically, there are some parents who take this natural inclination too far. [Read more…]

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