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Ben Stevens Featured on Fox Carolina’s Co-Parenting During the Summer Segment

By J. Benjamin Stevens | July 12, 2022

Ben Stevens Featured on Fox Carolina’s Co-Parenting During the Summer Segment Offit Kurman Family Law Principal, Ben Stevens, was featured on…

Ben Stevens Featured in WRDW TV Interview: Co-Parenting Tips to Make Summer Break Easier for Your Family

By J. Benjamin Stevens | July 5, 2022

Ben Stevens Featured in WRDW TV Interview: Co-Parenting Tips to Make Summer Break Easier for Your Family In a recent…

Ben Stevens Presents at the Annual Convention for the State Bar of Arizona

By J. Benjamin Stevens | June 28, 2022

Ben Stevens Presents at the Annual Convention for the State Bar of Arizona Ben Stevens, Principal Attorney in the Family…

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The Benefits of Prenuptial Agreements: Forecasting the Future of Love

By J. Benjamin Stevens | February 7, 2023
African couple meet with notary or lawyer discuss prenuptial agreement

Weddings are a joyous occasion, but just like the best weddings require lots of planning before the big day, they should also require couples to make a solid plan for whatever the future may hold. One important step in planning for the future, especially for couples marrying after starting their careers, is to consider having a prenuptial agreement drafted and…

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Pre-Engagement Legal Prep: What You Need to Know

By J. Benjamin Stevens | February 2, 2023
Amazed African American couple getting engaged in the cafe

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and with it almost always comes a flurry of marriage proposals. If you or your partner are considering taking the plunge, it’s important to understand the legal considerations that should be taken into account before any official engagement takes place. In today’s article, I’ll outline what couples need to know about pre-engagement legal…

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Thriving During Your Divorce: Strategies for a Successful Outcome in 2023

By J. Benjamin Stevens | January 31, 2023
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If you’re considering divorce in South Carolina, you’re likely feeling a range of emotions – from sadness and anger to relief and hope. No matter what you’re feeling, it’s important to remember that you can thrive during this difficult time. With the right strategies in place, you can emerge from your divorce with a renewed sense of self, ready to…

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How to Organize Financial Documents During Your Divorce

By J. Benjamin Stevens | January 26, 2023
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The divorce process can be overwhelming and complicated, especially when considering the sheer amount of paperwork necessary to be completed and submitted at the various stages of the process in most jurisdictions. Staying organized is a critical part of ensuring that you get your fair share of assets and enjoy the benefits of your parental rights at the end of…

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The Benefits of Breaking Up: 3 Surprising Reasons Divorce is Not All Bad

By J. Benjamin Stevens | January 19, 2023
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We all know that divorce is often seen as a negative experience. But what if we looked at it from a different perspective? What if, instead of seeing divorce as a negative experience or a bad ending, we saw it as an opportunity to create something new and better for ourselves? Here are three ways you can reframe your negative…

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A Guide to Child Custody Considerations for High-Net-Worth Parents Facing Divorce

By J. Benjamin Stevens | January 17, 2023
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Over the past two decades, I’ve represented many high-net-worth and high-profile individuals during their divorces. Everyone tends to assume the only complicating factor in these cases is the fact that these individuals tend to have far more assets to identify, value, and divide than a “typical” divorce, but that’s not always true. In my experience, just like whenever a “typical”…

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Understanding Property Division in High-Net-Worth Divorces

By J. Benjamin Stevens | January 12, 2023
Businessman separates the wooden puzzle with a picture of money.

Divorce is never easy, but it can be especially complicated for high-net-worth individuals. Property division is an essential part of the typical divorce process, but it must be handled even more precisely in a case with any quantity of high-value assets. When high-net-worth individuals get divorced, many of these cases also involve expensive portfolios of various properties that must be…

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The Benefits of a Well-Trained Guardian ad Litem in Your Contested Child Custody Case

By J. Benjamin Stevens | January 10, 2023
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The month of January is often thought of as “divorce month,” with many people, especially parents, waiting until the holidays are behind them before filing for divorce. Given the number of divorces that typically begin during the first couple of months of the new year, it’s no wonder January is also when the SC Bar schedules its annual Guardian ad…

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Demystifying the True Costs of Divorcing in 2023: Uncontested vs. Contested

By J. Benjamin Stevens | January 5, 2023
Wife And Husband Splitting House And Car During Divorce Process

Divorce can be an emotionally and financially demanding process; therefore, understanding the potential costs of your divorce will help you better anticipate what to expect during the process and make plans so your post-divorce life will be easier. The cost of a divorce can vary widely, but one of the key factors that heavily affects the cost is whether your…

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Making Smart Decisions When Choosing to Divorce in 2023

By J. Benjamin Stevens | January 3, 2023
Judge gavel and numbers 2023.

I. Where to Start When You Want to Divorce This Year  The decision to divorce is a difficult one, and the process of separating from your spouse can be emotionally, mentally, and financially taxing. If you have decided to pursue a divorce in 2023, it’s important to take time to fully understand the implications that come with such a life-altering…

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New Goals, Fresh Start, & A Brighter Future in 2023

By J. Benjamin Stevens | December 29, 2022
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    As we prepare to leave 2022 in the rearview mirror, it can be exciting to think about all the possibilities that await us in 2023. As a family and domestic law attorney for almost three decades, I know this rings especially true for those facing separation, divorce, and child custody cases this time of year. While these cases…

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Happy Holidays from Our Families to Yours

By J. Benjamin Stevens | December 22, 2022
Happy Holidays from our families to yours with images of Ben Stevens, Heather Scalzo, Stephen Chryst and Carlisle Brice

  With the holiday season upon us, we wanted to take a moment to remind our clients and community in South Carolina that we are here for you and your family. We are so proud of the relationships we have built over the years, and it is our pleasure to serve each of you during this special time of year.  …

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3 Tips for Public Figures Facing a High-Profile Divorce

By J. Benjamin Stevens | December 20, 2022
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As a public figure, knowing that a divorce is looming can be a daunting thought. One only needs to scroll through any social media feed or read the headlines of tabloid magazines while standing in line at the grocery store to know that a public figure’s divorce is always fodder for negative media attention. All too often, the public can…

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Does Your December Engagement Ring Mean You Need a Prenup in the New Year?

By J. Benjamin Stevens | December 15, 2022
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Congratulations on the engagement! That’s probably not what you’d expect a divorce attorney to say, but I assure you, it’s a sincere congratulations. If being a divorce attorney for over a quarter of a century has taught me anything, it’s that the institution of marriage can be a beautiful experience that benefits both spouses in many ways through the years.…

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5 Essential Divorce Agreement Provisions You Should Never Overlook

By J. Benjamin Stevens | December 13, 2022
man and woman signing divorce document on a glass table with two glasses of water and a plant in the background.

When your divorce involves contested matters or issues that you and your spouse are not able to agree on how to settle, you may need to go to court to let a judge decide the outcome for you. However, if you and your spouse, with the help of your attorneys, are able to negotiate a settlement agreement that resolves all…

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