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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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Factors That Increase the Risk of Divorce

By J. Benjamin Stevens | September 30, 2021

While no two couples deal with stress in the same way, researchers have found that certain broad categories of life events have been shown to increase the likelihood of divorce. The hope is that by recognizing these contributing factors couples can acknowledge the difficulty surrounding them and take action to protect their relationship. So, what are the factors that increase…

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Who Pays Private School Tuition After Divorce?

By J. Benjamin Stevens | September 28, 2021

Private school tuition can be expensive, particularly after divorce. When you add the additional stress of divorce and subtract one income, the burden can become enormous. For these reasons, some parents understandably have questions about paying for private school tuition after divorce, especially how the Family Court determines who should pay for what. Is paying for private school always required? Though…

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Spying During Divorce Becoming Big Business

By J. Benjamin Stevens | September 16, 2021

Gone are the days when divorcing spouses could only rely on a private investigator in order to gather all the dirt on their soon-to-be-ex. A combination of suspicious husbands and wives along with increasingly affordable high-tech gadgets have made it much easier for ordinary people to spy on their significant others. Such technology used to be only available to law…

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The Trouble With Lengthy Separations

By J. Benjamin Stevens | September 14, 2021

Many people who notice serious trouble in their marriage are inclined to try a separation instead of moving towards a complete divorce. While this may be understandable as a bridge towards eventual change in the relationship, lengthy separations can become problematic if they linger on without end. Also, long-term trial separations without the benefit of a court order can lead…

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The Importance of Accurate Financial Declarations

By J. Benjamin Stevens | September 9, 2021

South Carolina Family Court Rule 20 requires that a current Financial Declaration must be filed whenever the financial condition of a party is relevant or is an issue to be considered by the Court. As you might imagine this covers the overwhelming majority of cases, including divorce, separation, child custody, visitation, child support, alimony, contempt, etc. This document includes detailed…

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Determining Child Support in High Income Cases in South Carolina

By J. Benjamin Stevens | September 7, 2021

For the majority of couples in South Carolina, it is relatively easy to determine how much child support must be paid. Our state has Child Support Guidelines that consider a number of factors when calculating the total child support owed by both parties. Though these calculations work well for most couples, there are some people at the upper end of the income…

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Child Custody Modification in South Carolina

By J. Benjamin Stevens | September 2, 2021

If you’ve already been through a contested child custody case, the thought of going through the same ordeal again could seem daunting. Ideally, your original agreement or Order was written with enough clarity and flexibility to last until your child or children become adults. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. If there has been a significant or substantial change of…

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How to Avoid Common and Costly Divorce Mistakes

By J. Benjamin Stevens | August 31, 2021

Everyone knows how expensive divorce can be. In addition to attorney’s fees, there are other, potentially more expensive costs that can take a terrible financial toll months and years into the future. The following are some examples of what these costly divorce mistakes are and how to avoid them: Housing Expenses It’s understandable that during the tumult of a divorce,…

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The 5 Professionals You Need on Your Side During a Divorce

By J. Benjamin Stevens | August 26, 2021
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You have probably heard the old saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know” before, but when you have made the decision to divorce, that saying becomes much more relevant in your day-to-day life as you work your way through the divorce process. Divorce is more than just deciding “we aren’t going to be married anymore,” as it involves making…

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Special Needs Require Special Attention in Child Custody Cases

By J. Benjamin Stevens | August 24, 2021

Divorces and child custody cases come in all shapes and varieties. I have been representing clients experiencing these family transitions for over twenty-five years, and one thing that has remained the same is that every case deserves its own special analysis to find the right solution for the parents and children specifically involved. That fact is never truer than in…

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Parental Misconduct Can Be Basis for Change of Child Custody

By J. Benjamin Stevens | August 19, 2021

Does this sound familiar?  Parents divorce and are granted joint custody of their child, with the mother having primary physical custody and the father having liberal visitation.  This arrangement works fairly well for a year or so, but then problems develop. The “problems” that arise include: Mother prevents father’s new wife from picking up children from daycare by not adding…

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Locking Down Your Online Privacy During a Divorce

By J. Benjamin Stevens | August 17, 2021

It used to be that when you met with a divorce attorney, the first concern was protecting yourself from losing assets or being followed by a private investigator. While those are still very valid concerns when spouses initially separate, in today’s constantly connected world, when the decision to divorce has been made, one of the first things attorneys will tell…

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What Can You Take When Moving Out During a South Carolina Divorce?

By J. Benjamin Stevens | August 12, 2021

One common factor in every South Carolina divorce case is that someone has to move out of the house.  However, who moves out, when, and why may vary from case to case. While separating might be best, reducing the odds of conflict, it can be a costly change and lead to confusion about what items of personal property you can…

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The Dangers of Dating During Divorce

By J. Benjamin Stevens | August 10, 2021

It is not uncommon for couples coming out of a destructive relationship to want to begin dating again, searching for a new (and hopefully better) match. While this is understandable, it can prove risky in the context of a divorce in South Carolina. Though no one can control your actions as a consenting adult, there are some very real reasons…

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Hiring a Private Investigator for Your Divorce, Child Custody, or Visitation Case

By J. Benjamin Stevens | July 26, 2021

Certain divorces, child custody, and other family cases can benefit from the use of a private investigator.  These trained experts can be very helpful in obtaining documentation about lifestyles, assets, incomes, roommates, friends, paramours, and parents.  For instance, investigators can often find out someone’s criminal record, work history, hidden affluence, living arrangements, and travel.  They can also locate and interview…

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