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Updated April 3, 2020

The Coronavirus is hurting everything, particularly marriages.

That’s why our office is still open and we’re helping people. We are meeting with clients and prospective clients via video conference, on the phone, and online.

On Friday, April 3rd, South Carolina’s Chief Justice ordered that the South Carolina family law courts fully reopen and resume operations.

This is a stark difference to the prior three weeks, when the divorce courts were allowed to operate in a limited capacity. During that time, residents could file for divorce and start the required waiting period, but no hearings or trials could be held.

Thankfully, hearings and trials will resume beginning on April 6th.

To minimize the spread of the virus, the courts have made some changes concerning how these hearings and trials will be held. Most importantly, hearings can now be conducted by video conference as opposed to in-person. In-person hearings will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances.

This change has significant ramifications for you and your divorce.

We expect to see a significant spike in divorce filings, and a resulting “logjam” of cases that will result in lengthy delays if you don’t act now.

A spike in court activity is likely to happen due to two reasons.

First, there is the pent-up demand caused by the three-week semi-closure of the courts implemented on March 13. We anticipate many of the couples that would have filed in the absence of the March 13 order, will rush to file their cases as soon as they can.

Secondly, we have heard from a lot of people that this three-week home “staycation” has become the “last straw” for their marriage. These couples are likely to start filing for divorce as soon as they become aware that the courts are open again.

We’ve seen in other places, including China, that divorces spiked through the roof as soon as the government re-opened their divorce courts.

If you realize divorce is the right choice for you, I urge you not to delay filing for divorce.

Waiting could add months to the time it takes for your case to be resolved. With the surge in demand, our Family Law Courts will quickly become overwhelmed and the courts will be unable to timely handle the volume of new cases.

You can get started without leaving your home. Just pick up your phone and call 843-800-2928 for a free phone consultation. Do it now.

Alternatively, you can use the calendar tool below to schedule your free phone consultation for a time that is convenient for you.

Many people prefer to speak face to face. And, we can make that happen without jeopardizing your health. After I receive your consultation request, I will send you an invitation to speak by video conference. Please don’t feel that you’re obligated to use the video option. However, if you would like to try it, we’ll make it happen.

For several years, we have been utilizing this video technology to represent clients as far away as Tokyo, Kuwait, and Siberia. If you would prefer to maintain your social distance, we can do the same thing for you.

We can use our cutting-edge technology to:

  • Schedule appointments.
  • Speak with you by means of a video conference or phone conference.
  • Collect electronically any information that we may need for your case.
  • File your case with the courthouse.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon. Working together, we can help you build a better life.