Protecting Yourself from Paternity Fraud

Protecting Yourself from Paternity Fraud

Paternity
Being a father comes with a lot of responsibilities. Legally, fathers are obligated to provide care, shelter, and financial support for their children. In the case of a married couple, the husband is assumed by the court to be the child’s father. For unmarried couples, paternity may be legally established by an affidavit of paternity. This is a legal document which certifies that the man is the biological father of the child. Family courts in South Carolina use paternity affidavits or birth certificates as legal proof of a child’s paternity. Paternity fraud is when a men has been falsely identified as a child’s biological father. If the man is married to the mother at the time of the child’s birth, or if he has signed a paternity affidavit, courts will…
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Understanding How to Legally Change Your Name

Understanding How to Legally Change Your Name

Name Changes
There are several reasons that a person may want to legally change his or her name. While this process is fairly straightforward, the court will ultimately take into account the reasoning behind the requested name change. To ensure that you are in compliance with South Carolina state laws, it is important to work with an attorney who has experience with name changes and the different situations which are applicable to them. What are the Most Common Reasons for Name Changes?  The most common reasons people request a name change is following a marriage, divorce, or for personal reasons such as a gender change. For people who wish to change their name for personal reasons, they will have to file a petition with the court. They may also attend a hearing…
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Should You Consider Family Law Mediation?

Should You Consider Family Law Mediation?

Mediation
A divorce is one of the most emotionally exhausting processes that a couple can go through. During this stressful time, making rational decisions is often easier said than done. Many couples end up disagreeing on at least one thing during a divorce case, and often these conflicts must be resolved in court. There are alternatives to litigation, however, which allow couples to work out their differences in a more peaceful manner. Family law mediation with an experienced Beaufort attorney is an excellent way for couples to come together in a neutral environment and find solutions to their issues in a calm manner. Mediation is a great tool for many couples facing complex family changes including divorce, child custody, alimony, and asset division. While mediation can be a fantastic solution, it…
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