The Bleecker Law Firm, LLC

The Bleecker Law Firm, LLC

South Carolina Family & Divorce Lawyers

Firm Overview

Aggressive and compassionate lawyers for all your divorce and family law needs

Since 1997, The Bleecker Law Firm's focus has been on South Carolina family law. Located in Charleston, the law firm represents clients in all South Carolina Family Courts, the Court of Appeals, and the South Carolina Supreme Court. We are Family Court lawyers and mediators.

Whether you have a high income complex divorce case, need a Charleston child custody lawyer for a difficult custody dispute, or need a prenuptial agreement, our attorneys are available to assist and guide you. Our Charleston divorce lawyers are relentless advocates, but always compassionate about your unique situation. We are also skilled mediators.

At The Bleecker Law Firm, our lawyers pride ourselves on our attention to detail, and on our strong advocacy on your behalf. We support you through the difficult process of your family law litigation. Be assured that we will advise you of your options every step of the way, and that we will help keep things in perspective during these highly volatile and emotional times.

We have roots throughout the local and legal communities

Our lawyers live and work in the area and have a commitment to serving the community. As the firm has grown, so has its reputation for skilled and effective legal services. Anne Frances Bleecker has received many leadership awards, including The University of South Carolina Law School's Compleat Lawyer Award given for her civic and professional accomplishments.

The firm's progressive, creative, approach is highly regarded and the hard-working staff is proud of its successes. Our divorce, and custody lawyers in Charleston are skilled negotiators, experienced mediators, and trial attorneys.

Skilled in all types of divorce

We recognize the value of reducing stress by helping our clients work toward one of the more cooperative types of divorce whenever possible. We are skilled in divorce mediation to help spouses come to agreement before going to court.

A strong focus on the needs of your children

As child custody lawyers in Charleston we have the experience and skills needed to find creative solutions that both parents accept while fully protecting the best interests of the children.

Our lawyers are here for you

As Family Court attorneys we deal not only with issues of divorce, custody, alimony, and support, but also with all related issues that may include insurance, pensions, taxation, trusts, estates, and property.

Our lawyers are skilled at business and license valuations, and investigation and valuation of all assets. The experienced lawyers of The Bleecker Law Firm are committed to their clients throughout South Carolina.

Contact our hard-working team about any of the following divorce issues:

-Property division
-Modification of Agreements/Orders.
-Military divorces
-Child custody, support, and visitation
-Prenuptial agreements
-Inter-state and international issues

Our Charleston lawyers also are skilled at the following:

-Related probate matters

The Bleecker Firm offers flexible hours and we are available to you 24 hours a day. We recently relocated our offices to a beautiful building in West Ashley with onsite parking.

The Bleecker Law firm located in Charleston, South Carolina, focuses exclusively on divorce, custody and family law, representing clients throughout the South Carolina Lowcountry , including Charleston County, Berkeley County, Beaufort County, Dorchester County, Georgetown County, and Horry County.
Main Office
Main Office
561 Savannah Highway
Charleston  SC  29407
  • 843-571-2725
Property Division in South Carolina Divorce
South Carolina is an "equitable distribution" state

South Carolina strives for an equitable distribution of property in divorce. This means that assets and debts acquired during your marriage, which are called marital property, are to be divided equitably between the parties upon divorce. Marital property consists of all jointly owned property and all other property, other than separate property, acquired by either spouse during the marriage and up to the time you separate.

In South Carolina, each spouse is entitled to keep his or her separate property including property that was acquired in the following ways:

-Prior to marriage
-By gift or inheritance
-In exchange for non-marital property
-Due to an increase in the value of any non-marital property

There are many issues to be considered with regard to the division of marital property, such as the following:

-The duration of the marriage
-The ages of each spouse at the time of the marriage and at the time of the divorce
-Any marital misconduct
-The value of marital property
-The income and earning potential of each spouse
-The physical and emotional health of each spouse
-The needs of each spouse for additional training
-The non-marital property of each spouse
-The value of vested retirement benefits
-Whether alimony has been awarded
-The desirability of awarding a family home to the custodial spouse
-The tax consequences of equitable distribution
-The existence of support obligations from a prior marriage
-Whether there are liens or other encumbrances upon marital property
-Child custody arrangements and obligations

It is important to note that an equitable distribution is not necessarily an equal distribution. The court must consider all factors in equitable distribution. The lawyers of The Bleecker Law Firm are skilled at advising clients how to best preserve and distribute marital property.

Anne Francis Bleecker

Anne Frances Bleecker has an impressive educational background and extensive experience as a family law, divorce, and child custody attorney in Charleston.


Family law and divorce attorney Anne Frances Bleecker was born in Charleston, South Carolina. An Ashley Hall graduate, she holds a B.A. from Smith College and a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas where she received a merit fellowship.

Attorney Anne Frances holds a law degree from the University of South Carolina. Anne Frances was a member of the ABA Moot Court Team, taught legal writing, was the Student Works Editor of the South Carolina Law Review. In her third year of law school, Anne Frances was honored to receive the I.M. Goldberg Scholarship from the South Carolina Bar Foundation and the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Administrative Law.

After law school, Anne Frances worked as an Associate with Nelson, Mullins, Riley, and Scarborough in Columbia. She opened The Bleecker Law Firm, LLC, in 1997.

In 2000, Anne Frances received The Compleat Lawyer Award, a medal given by the University of South Carolina Law School to Alumni in recognition of civic and professional accomplishments.

Anne Frances served two terms on the Charleston City Council. During her service she created the Mayor's Office on Aging, Chaired the City's Human Resources Committee, and spearheaded management of growth and development on the rural islands around Charleston. She received many awards for leadership during her tenure on the Charleston City Council.

Anne Frances remains active in serving her profession and her community while rearing two Children of her own.

Attorney Profile: Katherine P.C. Coleman.

Katie Coleman is an Associate at The Bleecker Law Firm. Katie is a native Charlestonian. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Wofford College and a law degree from the Charleston School of Law. Katie was active in her law school community, serving as President of the Women's Law Association. Katie is a member of the Charleston County and South Carolina Bar Associations. Katie trained under Anne Frances Bleecker as a clerk during law school. She became an attorney with the firm in 2009.

Experience in the entire range of domestic law

Anne Frances Bleecker is experienced in the negotiation and drafting Prenuptial Agreements. She is available to talk with clients about marriage and planning their goals.

Anne Frances Bleecker is a Certified Family Court Mediator.