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Domestic ViolenceAs you are reading this post, you may be frightened for your life and the lives of your children. Whether you have been able to admit it to yourself, you know it is true in the back of your mind: you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence.

Domestic violence.

You have been afraid to breathe those words – domestic violence – for quite some time now. For whatever reason, you have refused to believe it could be true.

Maybe you have been silent out of self-preservation. Once the secret is out, will you be safe from your husband? Or, will you be in even more danger?

You may have refused to admit the truth because you are in denial. You may be thinking: “Surely he wouldn’t abuse me. After all, he loves me. He told me so. Maybe, I am to blame for the emotional and the physical abuse. Maybe, I deserve it.”

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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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Even Decades-Long Marriages Not Safe from Divorce

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Older couple sitting on a benchA popular, old adage says that if your marriage lasts five years, you don’t have to worry about divorce.

Like many people, you may be surprised to hear that friends or family members are divorcing after decades of marriage.

Unfortunately, no marriage—regardless of how long it has lasted—is immune from the risk of divorce. Some problems, like the infidelity of a spouse, can arise at any time, threatening the relationship. Other problems occur precisely because a couple has been married for years.  [Read more…]

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Can the IRS’s Innocent Spouse Relief Save You from Paying for Your Ex’s Mistakes?

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Tax Return Paperwork When married, it is nearly always financially advantageous to file a joint tax return. However, what was once a benefit can become a disaster if you divorce and are later audited.

When you and your spouse file jointly, each of you becomes individually liable for the full amount of any taxes due, including interest and penalties.

Unfortunately, this means that you may be held responsible for the full amount of any unpaid taxes even if your spouse earned all of the income and claimed improper deductions or made other errors on your joint income tax return. According to the IRS, this is the case “even if a divorce decree states that a former spouse will be responsible for any amounts due on previously filed joint returns.” [Read more…]

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“In Sickness and in Health, ’Til Death Do Us Part” Isn’t Quite True

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woman getting a check up by a doctorWhen you got married, you and your spouse promised to love and support each other for the rest of your lives, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, and in sickness and health.

Unfortunately, however, you might now be finding that your spouse isn’t holding true to his vows.

A recent article in WebMD reported, “The marital vows to stay true ‘in sickness and in health’ seem to apply more to wives than husbands when one of the spouses becomes seriously ill, according to novel new research.’”

The research found that the risk of divorce increases when the wife—but not the husband—experiences a health crisis, whether it is cancer, heart problems, lung disease, or stroke.

About 50 percent of the marriages in which the wives were seriously ill ended in divorce. [Read more…]

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

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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…]

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Heath Insurance Post-Divorce: Are You Covered?

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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…]

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

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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…]

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How Divorcing Parents Can Plan for College Tuition

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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…]

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