Dealing with family-related legal issues? Let us help you reach a solution that’s right for your family.
The dissolution of a marriage is rarely a simple matter, but the attorneys at McKinney, Tucker & Lemel LLC have years of experience and can help you through this often challenging phase. We understand what you are going through and we can help you find solutions amid uncertainty.
This might be the first time in your life that you’ve needed a family attorney. You may be unsure of what qualities to look for when selecting the law firm that’s right for you and your situation.
Here are some of the reasons we believe you should work with the Rock Hill, SC family court lawyers at McKinney, Tucker & Lemel LLC:
- Experienced – Our attorneys measure their legal careers in decades.
- Focused – We are a client-focused law firm. Your concerns are our priority.
- Responsive – Open lines of communication and frequent updates keep you informed every step of the way.
- Local – With deep roots in South Carolina, we are proud to call the Rock Hill area home.
- Straightforward – You can count on us to give you honest advice without the sugar coating.
- Cost-effective – We aim to deliver quality legal services at rates you can afford.
- Compassionate – You’re going through a difficult time. We respect that and treat our clients with courtesy and kindness.
Contact us today for a discounted first consultation. Any change in your family situation will be a little easier when you have someone you can trust to guide you through it.
"How your demonstrated your personal confidence in the worth of your presentation before the judge covered it all! On behalf of myself and our entire family, we thank you and may God Bless you to continue to do the good work you do."
How Our Family Law Firm Can Help Your Family
We have represented family law clients for over 45 years. Most individuals will never encounter a more difficult and emotional task than the decision to separate from their spouse. When the time comes for such a decision, you must be prepared. Your life is about to change drastically and you need to have a plan and the appropriate representation in order to protect yourself, your children, and your assets.
Our family attorneys will help you formulate a strategy and prepare you for the challenges of settlement, mediation, and litigation. It is our commitment to be with you through each and every step of the process and to not only seek the best possible outcome but to also make sure that you are aware of all of the possible options at every stage and fully understand the implications of each option.
Clients are much calmer and able to make sounder decisions when they have the benefit of experienced counsel. We strive to not only give sound legal advice but to also help our clients emotionally through the changes associated with the dissolution of a marriage.
Areas of family law that we handle
In regards to family law our firm represents clients in the following areas:
At McKinney, Tucker & Lemel LLC, our SC family court lawyers work for you and we tailor our approach to your aims and desires. While we will provide sound legal advice and vigorously pursue the desired result, we represent your wishes. We not only listen to you, we work with you. The ultimate decision on any major issue is to be made by you, the client, after careful consideration of all options in a cooperative relationship with our attorneys.
How is Family Law in Rock Hill, South Carolina Different?
South Carolina makes it more difficult to get divorced than in many other states by imposing a mandatory separation period before you are allowed to file.
There are two filing options for divorcing in South Carolina: the no-fault option or the fault option. Essentially, if the cause for the split is not a reason such as adultery, physical cruelty, habitual drunkenness or drug use, or desertion by one spouse for at least a year, then the split is no-fault.
For a no-fault split in South Carolina, spouses must live apart for one year. And once you file, there’s a minimum 3-month waiting period before the decree may be issued. There are also some residency requirements that may increase the time you must wait before filing if you want to file in South Carolina. Other states also have mandatory waiting periods before filing, but in most other places, the waiting period may be waived by mutual consent.
For an at-fault split, the process is much faster. If all issues have been resolved on a final basis, a decree may be obtained 90 days after filing.
Also, like most states, family courts in South Carolina prefer to find a solution that allows both parents to see the child or children frequently and on a continued basis.
And like most states, both parents are expected to support their children after separating. Child support has clear guidelines under federal law, and so is reasonably easy to predict. If you have questions, our child support lawyers are here to help.
But family court judges in South Carolina, including Rock Hill, are given great discretion when it comes to distribution of assets, child custody, and alimony, and so married couples who are splitting frequently go to trial and try their luck with a judge rather than settling.
Let our Rock Hill Family Court Lawyers Help You
If you are dealing with family-related legal issues in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, York County, Lancaster County or other surrounding areas of South Carolina, look to the experienced family court attorneys of McKinney, Tucker & Lemel LLC for the qualified assistance you need to ensure the outcome you deserve.
The family law attorneys at McKinney, Tucker & Lemel LLC have deep ties to the communities we serve, and have dedicated our careers to making sure clients like you get the results they expect.
This is a hard time, and we’re here to help you through it. We want to settle your arrangements in the way that you prefer, whether that’s in court or in out-of-court negotiations. We take care of the hard part so that you can focus on your fresh start.