Local lawyers representing your best interests
At Stoudemire & Sprouse, we provide a broad range of legal services to the people of Oconee County. Founding partner Julian L. Stoudemire has been trying cases here for nearly 45 years. Our law firm has strong ties to the community, and our attorneys Julian L. Stoudemire and R. Scott Sprouse have held significant positions in local government and other civic activities.
Conveniently located in the center of Oconee County
If you have a legal concern in Oconee County, there is no need for you to travel to Greenville or Anderson when you can get skilled assistance right here. Our Seneca office is easily accessible on the 811 Bypass, just six miles west of Clemson University. We have formed long-lasting relationships with people from area cities and towns including:
Our attorneys spend time getting to know you as an individual so we can effectively represent your concerns in court. We truly care about your problem and fight aggressively for your rights.
Thorough preparation and the pursuit of truth
We do our homework before walking into a courtroom to represent you, and we make sure you know where your case is headed at all times. There are no surprises when you work with our lawyers. Together, we seek the truth of your situation and prove it in a court of law.
Get personal representation for your legal problem in Oconee County
Our law practice takes care of people like you. We are not a big-city law firm defending major corporations. Stoudemire & Sprouse is a small-town law office with more than 40 years of experience helping residents of Oconee County through trials of all kinds. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call 864.973.4608.
811 By-Pass 123
Seneca SC 29679
Compassionate lawyers helping resolve your divorce issues in Oconee County
At Stoudemire & Sprouse, we take a straightforward approach to resolving divorce matters. Our attorneys and staff understand the stress that you are enduring and we take a personal interest in helping you get through the challenge.
If your divorce is uncontested, you can benefit from the guidance of our attorney Scott Sprouse, a Certified Family Court Mediator. For contested divorces, both of our lawyers have the experience and skill to protect your best interests at trial.
Equitable distribution of property
The judge has broad discretion in the division of marital property from the money in your bank accounts to the possession of your house. The court may consider numerous factors, including the length of the marriage, value of the property and each spouse's:
-Contribution to the property value
-Expenses and debts
Stoudemire & Sprouse works closely with you to establish the truth of your circumstances and get you an appropriate share of the marital property.
The determining factors for alimony awards are similar to those which guide distribution of property. South Carolina allows four different types of alimony:
-Periodic. Subject to review if circumstances change in the future.
-Lump-sum. A set amount, paid all at once or over time.
-Rehabilitative. With an end date based on the expectation that the receiving spouse will become self-supporting.
-Reimbursement. To compensate the receiving spouse for time and money invested in the education or career of the other.
Our attorneys help ensure that your alimony obligation or award is fair and manageable.
South Carolina law instructs family court judges to give serious consideration to a child's reasonable preference for custody. However, children under 14 are generally deemed incapable of making such a decision. The law does not require consideration of basic parental fitness except for evidence of domestic violence, so your lawyer must be experienced and persuasive. Stoudemire & Sprouse knows how to make a compelling case for a custody arrangement that is in your child's best interest.
The South Carolina child support guidelines provide suggested dollar amounts for monthly payments, based on the combined incomes of the parents. However, the court may adjust the suggested amount based on numerous other financial factors. Our skilled attorneys negotiate aggressively for a child support amount that is reasonable for your circumstance.
Attorney Julian Stoudemire was born in Greenville, South Carolina. He attended The Citadel on a football scholarship, majoring in history. One of Julian's professors encouraged him to go to law school, emphasizing that a lawyer should study in the state where he intends to practice. Julian knew that South Carolina would be his home for life, so he pursued his legal training at the University of South Carolina Law School in Columbia.
Soon after completing his law degree, Julian became an officer in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps of the United States Air Force and spent three and a half years on active duty in Vietnam. In 1970 he returned to South Carolina and began his civilian private practice. More than 40 years later, Julian continues to represent people in need of help. He has tried more cases to jury verdict than most other attorneys in Oconee County. Julian has served the community in many capacities, including 16 years as the Westminster city attorney and five years as mayor of Walhalla.
-Social Security disability
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit,1987
-University of South Carolina, J.D., 1966
-Phi Alpha Delta
-The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, B.A., 1963
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingSM from Martindale-Hubbell
-Bishop's Consultation Committee, SC Lutheran Synod, 2008
-City Attorney, Walhalla, South Carolina, 2001
-Mayor, City of Walhalla, South Carolina, 19901995
-City Attorney, Westminster, South Carolina, 19711987
-Oconee County Bar Association
---President, 20002004, 2006
-South Carolina Bar
---House of Delegates, 2000
-South Carolina Association for Justice
---Board of Governors, 1990
-Appalachian Council of Government
---Board of Directors, 19901991
Captain, U.S.A.F., J.A., active duty, 19661970
University of South Carolina
Juris Doctorate, 1966