Our firm practices primarily in the Family Court area. Family Court is a separate court, which deals with divorce, custody, property distribution, spousal support, name changes, orders for protection from domestic abuse, child support, and abuse and neglect cases (DSS cases). Our firm practices in all of these areas. Our firm also drafts wills, powers of attorney and living wills. We do not practice any other kinds of law.
Over the years, the area of family law has become increasingly complex. Many litigants as well as lawyers, both young and old, do not know this. There is sometimes an assumption that family law is basic and that any kind of lawyer can practice some family law on the side. The South Carolina ethics provisions do not allow attorneys to hold themselves out as experts in any field, and so it is important to fully research your lawyer to make sure they are quite familiar with the intricacies of Family Court disputes. We at Bluestein & Douglas believe it is important to you, no matter how simple or complex your divorce, separation or custody case is, to have an attorney who is familiar with the judges, mediators, other attorneys, and law in South Carolina.
Another consideration in choosing an attorney is whether the attorney is giving you straightforward and realistic advice. Everyone wants to hear that they are going to get the best possible outcome at very little cost. It is important to understand everything involved in the resolution of family law disputes. We strive to be as up-front and direct as possible in assessing your case and giving you realistic feedback on what we believe to be your chances of success.
Natalie Parker Bluestein is 2014 President of the Charleston County Bar Association