Category Archives: Family Law

Do mothers have the upper hand in custody decisions?

When the parties in a divorce action have one or more minor children, custody and visitation can quickly become a contested issue.  With the abolishment of the Tender Years Doctrine in 1994, the preference for awarding custody to the mother… Read Full Article »

Rights in a same-sex divorce

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that marriage is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment and must therefore be afforded to same-sex couples. Consequently, all state laws banning same-sex marriage were… Read Full Article »

Six Tips for Surviving Valentine’s Weekend

The days surrounding Valentine’s Day may be difficult for anyone separated from his or her spouse or those who are actually in litigation in the Family Court.  It is common to feel nostalgic, sad, lonely or even depressed.  So, if you are feeling this… Read Full Article »

What’s in a name? And what if you want to change it?

There are many reasons people want to change their names or the names of their children in South Carolina. Some may want to change their names after a divorce, while others may want to do so for religious reasons or simply because they dislike their current name. Continue reading

TEN TIPS WHEN PREPARING FOR DIVORCE

It is difficult to face the fact that a marriage is coming to an end. If you have come to terms with the fact that the marriage cannot be reconciled, there are some basic ground rules for preparing for a divorce. Continue reading

Coping with anxiety and depression during your family court case: words of encouragement

If you are living through a Family Court case right now, you know how stressful it can be. Maybe you are going through a divorce. It is difficult to see a marriage reduced to the dollars and cents based on… Read Full Article »

In our client’s own words: I wouldn’t go to any other attorney in the Upstate.

“Allison Dunham has served as my attorney since 2012, and I wouldn’t go to any other attorney in the Upstate. Allison is exceptionally responsive, and I appreciate that she always answers questions personally, thoroughly and gives her clients the pros… Read Full Article »

What do our clients say about attorney Allison Dunham? She is prepared & confident.

“I heard about HWS&C from a friend. At my first appointment, I was very nervous. Then I met Allison Dunham, family court attorney. She listened to my case, asked a lot of questions and told me about the various outcomes… Read Full Article »

The Pros and Cons of a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Divorce

The State of South Carolina grants individuals the ability to represent themselves to obtain a divorce or to modify child support and child visitation. This is also known as pro se, a Latin phrase meaning “for himself.” This seems like… Read Full Article »

I am being stalked! Where do I hide?

Anxiety. Anger. Fear. All of these are examples of the gut-wrenching emotions suffered by people who have been stalked and harassed by someone else. Victims of stalking begin to fear answering their phones or receiving text messages. They become scared… Read Full Article »