With more than 21 years of experience, Mr. Barker takes the time to learn about your unique situation and determine what type of divorce is most appropriate for you. In most instances of fault-based divorce, third-party testimony and evidence is required, so a skilled litigator is crucial. No matter the specific facts of your case, dedicated divorce and child custody attorney Douglas Barker will help you evaluate each option for the most optimal resolution possible.
Alternatives to court do exist for divorcing couples who believe they can reach an agreement. Mediation is a cost-effective option in which an independent third party assists the spouses in working out their differences. As a certified family court mediator, Douglas Barker can also represent you in a collaborative divorce, working with your spouse and their lawyer to reach consensus. Another option is arbitration, where someone hears both sides and renders a decision that may or may not be binding.
When no agreement can be reached, itÍs up to family court to determine questions of property division, alimony, child custody and child support. We fight very hard not just for the best terms on each issue, but for a complete resolution that provides closure to all. We also help those considering marriage to address these matters proactively. If you have questions about protecting your property, we can explain and draft a prenuptial agreement.
Aside from a one-year separation, the grounds for South Carolina divorce include a determination of fault. This is where an experienced advocate is critical because an adverse ruling can affect property division, alimony and even child custody. Attorney Douglas Barker will fight to deliver the best possible results in court whether itÍs a fault-based case or not.
If youÍre considering divorce, itÍs important to seek skilled and experienced family law counsel that has your best interests and those of your children in mind. For legal advice on any marriage or divorce question, Douglas Barker offers complimentary consultations.