For some spouses, divorce may seem like a drastic step that should not be entered into lightly. For others, they have realized that the marriage is over, but they do not meet either the fault-based requirements (adultery, drug/alcohol abuse, abandonment, or physical abuse) to file for a divorce under South Carolina law. For folks in this situation, separate support and maintenance is an option. Similar to “legal separation” in other states, a separate support and maintenance action allows a spouse to seek relief from the Court as to custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, equitable division of property, and have the Family Court put various restraining orders in place such as prohibiting parties from incurring marital debt or disposing of marital property. If you are contemplating separating from your spouse, give us a call to set up a consultation. We will discuss various options that you may have and work together to come up with a plan that is best suited to help you reach your goals.
Our law firm has been in the family for three generations, so we understand the complexity of family law issues and we work diligently to resolve cases swiftly, so that you and your family can move on to the next chapter in your lives. Legal separation is a good option for some couples who are not ready for the finality of a divorce. Our team can advise you on the best options for you and your situation, and help to resolve any outstanding issues, so that you and your spouse can make a thoughtful decision. Separation can leave the door open for a future reconciliation, or it can confirm the need for a divorce, and either way, we are here to provide you with sound legal counsel and representation.
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— ALEXANDER MORIN
"I had a very detailed custody matter. It was scheduled for an emergency hearing and on an expedited basis. Addison jumped right on the case even though it was last minute and would require at least 4 days in court. Addison was very friendly and knowledgeable. Great work!"
— AARON & MICHELLE SCARBRO
Proudly serving the Beaufort community for three generations
We bring over 25 years of experience to your case and will work patiently and tirelessly to bring you peace of mind.
Our roots run deep and date back to the Dowling & Dowling firm founded in 1941. Attorney Addison Fender continued his family's legacy in 2010 when he and his wife Tracy, one of the county's most experienced paralegals, opened Fender Law Firm. Guided by the practice's long standing values of compassion, honesty and fairness, our highly skilled team offers family legal services in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, including Beaufort County, Jasper County, Colleton County, Hampton County, and Allendale County.