Should I Hire an Attorney for Alimony Modifications?

Alimony modifications are something that a divorcee can petition for when life circumstances change. Just because a judge sets alimony at the time of divorce doesn’t mean it has to stay the same forever. However, the order to modify payments must come from the court. But should you hire an attorney for any changes to spousal support? The answer is yes. Read on to find out why.

Reasons for Alimony Modification

Whether you’re seeking to increase support from your former spouse or are asking to have payments to your former spouse reduced, here are some acceptable reasons for modification:

  • Issues that make it impossible for you to work or to earn enough money for living expenses
  • Extended unemployment
  • Change in income such as a significant increase or decrease in pay
  • Inheritance
  • Retirement
  • Remarriage
  • Fraud

While some of these are easy to prove, some are more difficult. Presenting them to the court to give you the advantage will help you get the results you want. The changes generally need to be substantial for a judge to consider them.

Knowledge of Alimony Laws

Alimony laws vary, and it’s critical to understand what you can and cannot do when it comes to spousal support. With something as critical as your finances, and you need an attorney that can help you build a strong case.

Representing yourself in any legal issue can be risky at best, including cases related to alimony modification. But whatever side of the request you’re on, you can rely on the knowledgeable team at McCutchen McLean, LLC. Contact them today to find out how they can help you get the optimal outcome.

When is Guardianship and Conservatorship Appropriate in South Carolina?

Guardianships and conservatorships are often complicated and confusing and can feel especially overwhelming when deciding what you and your loved one needs. Take a look at the difference between them and when each is appropriate in South Carolina.

What is a Guardianship?

A guardian in South Carolina focuses on handling specific things for someone who cannot make decisions and handle matters on their own. Whether due to injury, illness, disability, age, or another issue, an incapacitated adult needs help handling things such as where they will live, who will care for them and how, healthcare decisions, and mental health concerns.

What is a Conservator?

A conservator acts similarly to a guardian, however, instead of handling an incapacitated adult’s personal needs, they focus on their financial affairs. Their job is to protect the individual’s assets during the time they cannot manage them or make decisions about them. A bond issued by the court holds conservators accountable for any actions they take on behalf of the estate.

Which One is Appropriate?

In South Carolina, the courts appoint both guardians and conservators. It’s their job to determine what’s appropriate based on the individual’s needs who are no longer able to care for their own affairs and their family. 

If someone you love is in crisis and cannot manage their own personal, healthcare, living, and financial decisions, you need a reliable attorney to help you through the process. Their knowledge can ensure the right protective measures for your loved one so you can rest easy knowing they are safe and well cared for. In addition, you need someone with extensive experience with guardianships and conservatorships who can help you navigate through the process. Contact McCutchen McLean, LLC today for the team of attorneys you can count on.



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