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Out of all the areas of law, family law is the most emotionally taxing for an individual. When a person needs assistance for a family law-related problem, often that need arises from a difficult and sensitive period in a person’s life. As such, a Lexington family law attorney must understand legal issues that can be complex and emotionally charged. These include divorce, custody, and alimony.

When Is A Family Law Attorney Needed?

Parties seeking a divorce, establishing paternity, obtaining child support or alimony, or who are the victims of domestic violence must navigate the family courts to protect their rights. Family court cases can quickly turn into an emotional, exhausting maze as one litigates highly personal matters in an adversarial setting.

As a result, family law litigants, many times, make the mistake of letting their emotions dictate their legal strategy. Experienced legal counsel can offer the right amount of objectivity and compassion to assist their clients in navigating this difficult time.

What Services Does A Family Law Attorney Offer?

A Lexington attorney experienced in family law and litigation can provide legal advice regarding your rights under South Carolina law. They can also educate you on what to expect from family law litigation. Domestic cases require experienced counsel who is both well versed in the often-complicated family law and who can understand the personal side of this type of litigation.

Family law involves several areas that may require a Lexington family law attorney to provide strong and vigorous representation for their client while also compassionately guiding the client through the emotional process. An experienced family law attorney can provide services related to divorce; separation support and maintenance; child custody, visitation, and support; alimony or support for a spouse; adult and minor name changes; and property and debt division.


Divorce not only involves the legal dissolution of a marriage but also consists of a wealth of other issues. These include the division of assets, debt, child support, child custody, and alimony.  Facing a divorce alone can result in an adverse outcome that can have devastating long-term consequences. Effectively litigating a divorce requires experienced and passionate representation. Learn how the McCutchen McLean team can help you with your divorce case.

South Carolina Law Allows Four Types Of Alimony:

  • Periodic alimony: This is the most common type of alimony or support. A set amount is generally paid every month. However, it terminates on the remarriage or continued cohabitation of the supported spouse. 
  • Lump-sum alimony: An alimony payment is paid in one installment or scheduled installments. Lump-sum alimony is a fixed amount that is not modifiable. 
  • Rehabilitative alimony: An alimony payment is paid in one installment or scheduled installments. The purpose of this type of alimony is to provide for the completion of job training or education to improve the supported spouse’s earning capacity. It is generally payable for a specific, court-ordered duration and then stops.
  • Reimbursement alimony: An alimony payment paid in one installment, or scheduled installments. This type of alimony or support is designed to reimburse the spouse who invested in the other spouse’s education or business, especially when the anticipated fruits of the investment is no longer possible because of the separation or divorce.   

Call A Lexington Family Law Attorney Today

McCutchen McLean, LLC can offer years of experience and compassionate guidance for your family law needs. If you have questions, call our Lexington office at (803) 785-4529.

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