Bringing a case in family court, whether it be a highly contested divorce or a grandparent adoption, is emotionally taxing and impossible to navigate without competent counsel. The attorneys at Brilhante & Ott are here to help guide you through the difficulties and obstacles of family court. We provide compassionate and experienced representation to achieve the best resolution for your family.
Guardian ad Litem
The court requires the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem when a family court case involves a minor child or a probate case involves an allegedly incapacitated person. As a Guardian ad Litem, the attorneys at Brilhante & Ott will conduct an investigation and help the Court determine what case outcome is in the best interest of the minor child or incapacitated adult.
At first, it may seem impossible to reach an agreement in a family court case as to child custody, visitation, child support, and division of the martial assets. During mediation, the attorneys at Brilhante & Ott will serve as objective and neutral third-parties to help you and the other party to the case reach an agreement that works for everyone.
From what you have seen in movies, jokes you have heard in stand‐up comedy, and what your friends have shared, you may think that divorce process is contentious and stressful. During trials, former friends and family say ugly things about each other to ensure the judge rules in their favor. Then, when they leave the courtroom, those former spouses have to immediately start co-parenting.
Well, your own divorce process does not have to look like this. There is a new way of approaching divorce that has spread worldwide and is now in South Carolina—it is called Collaborative Divorce.
Collaborative Divorce is a confidential, solution-focused process where the spouses decide what is best for their family by compiling a team of professionals that give tailored guidance. This process addresses all of the same issues that arise in a typical separation or divorce case. However, this process is done without laying blame or mudslinging. Instead, Collaborative Divorce focuses on the best outcome for your family as a whole and allows the two parties to separate their life, finances, and children without the input or control of the Court that is unfamiliar with your family’s needs and wants. During this process, there are not any court hearings, testifying, or decisions made by judges. When you reach your full and final agreement through Collaborative Divorce, you appear before a family court judge on one occasion to ask for the judge to approve your agreement as a final, enforceable plan.
At Brilhante & Ott, both of the attorneys are South Carolina Collaboratively trained and work with the few other attorneys in South Carolina that have also received the necessary training. Jessica and Taylor are both members of the South Carolina Academy of Collaborative Professionals and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).
Set up a consultation with Brilhante & Ott today to learn more about this new way to get divorced in South Carolina.
If you would like to know more, we encourage you to look at South Carolina Academy of Collaborative Professionals website: South Carolina Academy of Collaborative Professionals (sccollaborativepractice.com)
You can also learn more by reviewing the website for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals: IACP | Collaborative law, collaborative practice, collaborative divorce