Protecting Your Interests In Family Law Matters

Stirling & O'Connell has years of experience in resolving family law issues, including:



There are five grounds on which you can obtain a divorce in South Carolina. Fault divorce involves wrongdoing by one spouse and includes physical cruelty, adultery, desertion, and habitual intoxication from alcohol or drugs. A no-fault divorce is granted on the grounds of one-year separation.



Dividing marital property isn't always as simple as splitting everything 50/50. To protect your financial interests, you need to seek assistance from a lawyer experienced with family law matters.



Michael O'Connell is the owner of QDRO Solutions, LLC, a QDRO drafting service. Michael and his legal assistant, Donna R. Dodds, are highly experienced in drafting qualified domestic relations orders (QDRO's) to divide all types of retirement accounts nationally.



Determining child custody can become a highly emotional issue in a divorce. It's important to put your interests and that of your children's best interests first.



In South Carolina, unmarried mothers do not have the right to child support, and unmarried fathers do not have rights to custody or visitation until they establish paternity.



If your ex-spouse is not complying with the terms of your court order, Michael can fight for the order to be enforced by a judge.

Divorce is a trying situation to go through, even when the parties are cordial. We know firsthand that it is an emotional and challenging time for those going through a separation and working through the division of assets and items acquired during a marriage and negotiating spousal support, child custody, and child support. Our client’s legal needs are tended to in a timely manner, as your needs are important to us. Our legal team strives to make going above and beyond for our clients one of our main goals.


Michael P. O'Connell

Attorney Michael O’Connell, owner of Stirling & O’Connell and QDRO Solutions, LLC, has represented hundreds of clients in Family, State and Federal Courts during his over forty-year legal career here in South Carolina. Michael has a proven track record as a successful Criminal Defense and Family Law attorney, which is evidenced by his continued delegation as a Super Lawyer, as a Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney by America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, his rank as a Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney in the area of White Collar Crime by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA). Michael is also well respected within the legal community and was recently recognized by his peers and awarded the 2020 Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability. Mr. O’Connell’s knowledge of the law and proven excellence in the legal field has placed his clients in a strong position to navigate their legal needs and achieve the best possible outcome for their particular set of circumstances.

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