The Cate Law Firm, P.A.

The Cate Law Firm, P.A.

Since 1995, The Cate Law Firm, P.A. strives to provide quality family law services to the people of Spartanburg, SC and surrounding areas.

Firm Overview

This firm concentrates on Family Law, handling all types of matters from divorce, separation, child custody, support and visitation, step- and grandparent adoptions, alimony, child support arrearages and other enforcement actions based on prior court orders.

Our office is in Spartanburg, South Carolina and the attorneys in this firm appear in Family Court in Greenville, Cherokee, Union and Spartanburg counties.

The cornerstone of our success is the quality relationship we maintain with our clients. We listen carefully as our clients express their needs, goals and objectives. Clients are treated with integrity and respect.

We use the latest technology and cost effective methods to provide legal services in a professional and friendly atmosphere. We concentrate on using discovery techniques to "get the facts" so we have accurate information to present to the court.

Our well-trained, highly experienced paralegals, along with two other support staff members, each have had personal experience with family law. We believe that experience makes us more empathetic and understanding of the problems and issues our clients face.

We attempt to be the best-prepared party in each case, which leads to better settlements and with better results at trial.

We set our hours to suit our clients and are willing to communicate with clients as they prefer, whether via in-person meetings, phone calls, e-mails, faxes etc.

We accept all major credit cards, including American Express.

Main Office

Main Office
383 South Pine Street
Spartanburg SC 29302


(864) 585-4226


(864) 585-4221


The Cate Law Firm, P.A. will represent your family law legal matters.

Practice Areas:
-Family Law
-Child Custody & Visitation
-Child Support
-Equitable Distribution
-Name Change
-Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROS)
-Grandparent/Stepparent Modification
-Interstate Child Custody & Support
-Grandparent Custody & Visitation
-Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
-Uncontested Divorce

Rachel I. Brough

The Cate Law Firm, P.A.

ISLN: 921277918

Practice Areas:
Family Law (100%)

Admitted: 2003, South Carolina

I began my career at the Solicitor's office where my work was focused on domestic violence cases. After several years in that line of work, I decided to transition into the private sector where I now exclusively work on family court cases. My experiences at the Solicitor's office along with my love for children really influenced my decision to start practicing family law.

Biography: Junior League, Chair of Kids in the Kitchen; Board Member, Reach Upstate; Young Leaders Society Non-Profit Fellows - Inaugural Class.

Spartanburg County Bar Association; South Carolina Bar.

Margaret H. Nowell

The Cate Law Firm, P.A.

ISLN: 921856274

Practice Areas:
Family Law (100%)

Admitted: 2011, South Carolina

Law School: University of South Carolina, J.D.

Ruth L. Cate

The Cate Law Firm, P.A.

ISLN: 913658282

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Practice Areas:
Family Law (100%, 100)

Admitted: 1977, South Carolina

Law School: University of South Carolina, J.D.

Member: Spartanburg County Bar Association; South Carolina Bar.

Biography: Member: Board of Advisors, Wells Fargo Bank, Spartanburg; Board of Trustees, Mary Black Foundation; Board of Governors, University of South Carolina Alumni Association; Advisory Board, University of South Carolina Upstate.

Born: Nashville, Tennessee

Doe v. Queen, 347 S.C. 4 (2001); D.S.S. v. Phillips, 365 S.C. 572 (Ct.App. 2005); Susan R. v. Donald R., 389 S.C. 107 (Ct.App. 2010).

My practice has been primarily devoted to the area of Family Law since 1994. I also have experience in Business Law, Personal Injury Law, Real Estate Law and Probate. After experiencing a Family Court case myself, I decided to limit my practice and concentrate in this one area. I felt there was a better way to handle these sensitive matters. Anyone who goes through a family court case is facing severe stress and worry.

I was licensed to practice in 1977 at the age of 22. It was believed that at the time I was the youngest lawyer ever to pass the bar exam and be sworn in to the Bar in South Carolina. I spent six years in a general firm where I practiced in areas such as personal injury and business law along with family law. Subsequently I was general counsel and Vice President of Corporate Development to a national company for three years, and then owned my own business for 11 years. In 1994, I resumed the full time practice of law, concentrating in the family law area.


University of South Carolina
Juris Doctorate,