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Avoiding unfair divorce demands in South Carolina

Many divorcing spouses try to resolve matters outside of court in order to keep costs to a minimum. While this may be a good solution for some, others might try to avoid the court system in order to manipulate the situation. An individual who feels that the other party is making demands that are out of line might need to discuss their situation with a lawyer.

Marital property can be subject to division during a divorce. Issues such as one spouse staying out of the workforce for an extended period to raise children could figure into the process of dividing assets. It may be reasonable to keep inheritances and personal gifts out of consideration, but if such resources have been used to finance a family home, the funds might be subject to division because of commingling. Dealing with a family home can be challenging regardless of how it was purchased. Deciding who will live in the home could produce further tensions.

Retirement accounts can also be subject to division in a divorce. This is especially important if one spouse has not been able to accrue retirement assets independently while staying at home to raise children. When the relationship terminates, retirement assets can be split for separate management. A judge might order spousal support in the form of alimony going forward, but further retirement obligations are less likely to be required.

Because emotions can be difficult to deal with during divorce, it might seem advantageous to complete the matter without legal help. However, a lawyer could provide important protection by ensuring that any child custody and property division arrangements are legally documented. Without a legal order, such matters could be difficult to enforce if one party decides not to comply.

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