Wesley Stoddard

Wesley Stoddard

Moore Stoddard Stoddard & Wood
  • Family Law, Divorce, Probate...
  • South Carolina
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I have been in private practice since 1975, immediately after law school joining my father's law firm which was established in 1947 by Charles C. Moore and Robert L. Stoddard. The law firm has been operating as Moore Stoddard Stoddard & Wood at 207 Magnolia Street since 1960.This location is directly across from the Spartanburg County Courthouse. I am currently a solo attorney handling personal injury claims, divorces and family law, including name changes, real estate closings, Probate matters, Wills, Power of Attorneys, Deeds, small businesses, and Social Security disability claims. I served as the City Prosecutor for the City of Spartanburg for 11 years. In the community I am an Elder at First Presbyterian Church, where I have served as Clerk of the Session and Chairman of the Board of Deacons past president and past Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis Club of Spartanburg, and have served on the Boards of Mountainview Nursing Home, Greater Spartanburg Ministries, Junior Achievement, Project EAT, and the Dutchman Prison Chapel Committee. I am now the Immediate Past President of the Spartanburg County Bar Association. I have served on the South Carolina Bar Board of Governors , the SC Supreme Court on Lawyer Competence, and its House of Delegates for 25 years, as well as the President of the SC Bar Young Lawyers Division, which represented all lawyers in the state under 35 years of age. I also served as National Co-chairman of ABA Community Law week. Additionally while in law School I was President of the Student Bar Association. I have been active in support of my alma mater, Clemson University, as the IPTAY Chairman for Spartanburg County, an IPTAY Representative since 1978, a past member of the National Alumni Council and as a member of the Board of the Spartanburg County Clemson club since 1976 where I serve as the Chairman of the annual scholarship committee.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Probate
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate Law
  • Social Security Disability
  • Elder Law
  • Business Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
South Carolina
Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
House of Delegates
South Carolian Bar
Current
Served 25 years representing the Seventh Judicial Circuit
Spartanburg County Bar Association
Past President
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President
Spartanburg County Bar Association
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Board of Governors, House of Delegates, Nominatiing Committe, President of SC Bar Young Lawyers Division
South Carolina Bar
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Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization,
Assistant City Attorney-Prosecutor
City of Spartanburg
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Education
University of South Carolina School of Law
J.D.
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Clemson University
B.S. (1972) | Industrial Management
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Honors: Vice President Society for Advancement of Management
Activities: Freshman Cheerleader, Member of Calhoun Pre-Law Society
Awards
President
Spartanburg County Bar Association
Lifetime Achievement Award
Spartanburg Area Clemson Club
Lt Governor
Kiwanis Club of Spartanburg
Served as Lt Governor over 12 clubs from SC and NC
President
Kiwanis Club of Spartanburg
Professional Associations
Spartanburg County Bar Association
President, Vice President, Executive Committeeman
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South Carolina Bar # 5365
Member, Board of Governors, House of Delegates, President Young Lawyers Division
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Activities: Board of Governors, House of Delegates, Nominating Committee, President Young Lawyers Division(under age 35)
Speaking Engagements
Juvenile Pre Trial Diversion program
Certifications
AV Rating
Martindale Hubbell
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered

Q. My question is can i seek for backchild support if I never have requested it for the past 6 yrs?
A: Child support will be set at the Judge's discretion but my experience is that most Judges will not award you past child support in this instance if there was no previous order awarding it to you.
Q. In the state of SC can you get an annulment after 5 months after finding untruths or do we have to file for a divorce?
A: You would have to file a petition for an annulment and serve the spouse. It will be necessary to have a short hearing to prove the grounds and that the marriage has not been consummated.
Q. If the child isn't biologically his, does the child have to be mentioned in divorce papers for custody?
A: In SC a child born during a marriage presumes the father is your husband. For this reason this child does need to be included so the Divorce Decree will address the paternity snd name the natural father. Snydebts accumulated during the marriage are presumed to be marital debts so they need to be included and addressed
Q. If I have a picture of my husband car at a lady's house and saw them together I have the tag number is that proof adulte
A: To prove the grounds of adultery in SC it must be by corroborated evidence. This means another person must be able to testify along with you or another witness that they observed what appears to be adulterous conduct by circumstantial evidence . this evidence can be as little as observing his car at the third parties' residence overnight -my suggestion would be to take photos of the cars-both his and hers. Seeing your husband with this other party is not substantial enough proof but it is evidence of the relationship.
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Contact & Map
207 Magnolia Street
Suite 101
Spartanburg, SC 29306
USA
Telephone: (864) 582-5622
Fax: (864) 585-8775