Reconciliation Agreements

Lisa Speer

If you and your estranged spouse are attempting to resume your marriage after a separation, you may want to consider signing a reconciliation agreement. Reconciliation agreements are executed when parties have separated and are planning to reconcile and continue with their marriage, but one or both parties wishes to do so only if there are express conditions that plan for …

Prenuptial Agreements

Lisa Speer

Helping Couples Plan for Their Future Prenuptial agreements are not just for the rich. Prenuptial agreements can be useful for parties who wish to protect separate or family property that they have obtained prior to marriage, and to ensure that the separate property cannot be considered marital property for any reason if the marriage dissolves in the future. Such contracts …

Property Division

Lisa Speer

In almost every divorce or separation, assets need to be divided. South Carolina follows the law of equitable distribution for evenly dividing marital assets and debts. First, “marital” property and debt must be identified, classified, and valued. Next, that property and debt must be divided according to the guidelines of state laws. Having an experienced attorney can provide you with …

Property Division

Lisa Speer

The division of property and debt in North Carolina is based upon the North Carolina laws of equitable distribution. The North Carolina statutes provide that property and debt incurred during the marriage must be divided fairly between each of the parties.  While this does not automatically mean that property and debt will be divided equally, the law does provide that equal division is …

Prenuptial Agreements

Lisa Speer

Prenuptial Agreements provide: Full disclosure of both parties’ assets and property rights before entering marriage Formulated objectives for the parties’ finances during marriage Designated separate assets that cannot be distributed as marital property Clearly established property rights for the parties’ current and future assets Defined responsibilities for the parties’ current and future debts Provisions for children of either party from …

Postnuptial Agreements

Lisa Speer

Unlike prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements concern the rights of parties who are already married. Postnuptial agreements permit marital property to be divided during marriage. Postnuptial agreements allow parties to contractually assign their rights and responsibilities in the event of a future separation or divorce. Postnuptial agreements are also used by parties who have separated and now wish to reconcile. The …

Name Change

Lisa Speer

Adult Name Changes Outside of marriage or divorce, changing your name in South Carolina will require a separate legal process. South Carolina law permits its residents to apply for a name change by petitioning the court. If you are considering changing your name, you should be prepared to do the following: Get fingerprints taken at your local law enforcement agency …

Name Change

Lisa Speer

Name Change During Marriage You will need a certified copy of your marriage certificate to get your name changed after you are married. After ten (10) days of marriage, you can obtain a certified copy of the marriage certificate from the Registrar of Deeds in your county of residence. You will show proof of your marriage using the certified copy …

Modification of Orders

Lisa Speer

How do you get a court ordered changed? The most common modifications we see people seek are: A recalculation of the amount child support being paid:  When one parent’s income changes substantially, the amount of child support may need to change. When children start or stop going to daycare full time or when health insurance costs change, a parent may …

Modification of Orders

Lisa Speer

How do you get a court ordered changed? The most common modifications we see people seek are: A recalculation of the amount child support being paid:  When one parent’s income changes substantially, the amount of child support may need to change. When children start or stop going to daycare full time or when health insurance costs change, a parent may …