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Will Divorce Hurt Your Child?

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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…]

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More Women Over 50 Getting Divorced

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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…]

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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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9 Questions to Ask before Getting a Divorce

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Questioning Divorce | Charleston, SC AttorneyPerhaps your marriage has been going through a rough patch for awhile, and you think that it isn’t going to get better. Or, maybe you’ve experienced a betrayal, such as the infidelity of your spouse.

For whatever reason, you’re thinking of ending your marriage.

Divorce can give you a fresh start if your marriage is dead. However, you should be absolutely sure that you have exhausted all other options before you decide to divorce.

Ask yourself these important questions before you file for a divorce: [Read more…]

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Divorce to Save Money on Health Insurance?

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Healthcare expenses | Charleston, SC | The Peck Law Firm

Divorce is not something that most people take lightly. It’s a process that is challenging and sometimes heartbreaking, particularly when undergone without the help of an experienced Charleston divorce attorney.

People end their marriages for a variety of reasons, whether because of a specific cause—like infidelity—or general unhappiness.

Now a new divorce question has arisen: will happily married couples get divorced if it means they can save a significant amount of money? [Read more…]

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Happy Holidays? How to Spend Time with Your Ex This Season

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Holiday with Family | Divorce Attorney | Charleston, SC | The Peck Law FirmWhen you’re divorced, the holiday season can be more stressful and complicated, especially if you have kids. Will you go to a holiday party if your ex-spouse will be there? Will you and your ex-spouse celebrate together with your kids, or will you have separate celebrations? How will you divide your time with the children?

To ensure that you and your family have a happy holiday season, you and your ex-spouse will need to plan ahead. I’ve compiled several suggestions from a recent article in WebMD to help you plan for the holiday season with your ex. [Read more…]

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Non-Collaborative: What’s Wrong with Collaborative Law in a Divorce?

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Collaborative divorce - The Peck Law Firm

When getting a divorce, most people want to avoid going to court at all costs. As a result, many are attracted to the idea of a collaborative divorce.

What is a collaborative divorce?

In a collaborate divorce, each spouse hires his or her own attorney and agrees to go through the collaborative process. [Read more…]

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Divorce and Taxes: What You Need to Know

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Divorce and Taxes - The Peck Law FirmFor most, filing taxes is a dreaded task. The complicated maze of IRS regulations makes it difficult for the average American to comprehend. Unfortunately, for those recently divorced or in the middle of a divorce, it is even harder.

An article in Time magazine provides a number of helpful tips regarding the confusing topic of divorce and taxes. Here is what you need to know: [Read more…]

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What Happens to Military Retirement Pay in a South Carolina Divorce?

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C-17 Aircraft - The Peck Law Firm in Mt. Pleasant, SCWe are fortunate in the Low Country to have so many patriotic Americans serving our Country in the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. As the son of a retired Air Force officer, I understand many of the challenges that military life places on a marriage. Unfortunately, some of those marriages end in a divorce.

Military divorces are different from civilian divorces in many respects. One of the more significant differences concerns military retirement pay.

If you are facing the possibility of divorce in Goose Creek, Summerville, or elsewhere in South Carolina, you may be asking: What happens to military retirement pay in a South Carolina divorce?

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