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Carolyn M. Bone

Attorney Carolyn Bone is both a certified Family Court Mediator and a South Carolina Family Court litigator, representing parties in contested divorce and family law cases. If you are looking for representation in a contested Family Court case, please visit our law firm's sister site: We are also a Summerville mediation firm, providing cost-effective solutions to tough divorce and family problems in certain cases, including custody, visitation, child support, alimony, and property and debt division.  


A Summerville, South Carolina native, Carolyn Bone has long been an advocate for children and families and has pursued a career path that includes compassionate service. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2008. Prior to law school, Ms. Bone graduated summa cum laude from Converse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a dual major in English and Psychology.  


Before opening The Law Office of Carolyn M. Bone, LLC in 2014, Ms. Bone was an associate with the Columbia, South Carolina-based Parise Law Firm, P.A., where her practice focused entirely on family law issues. She also served as a volunteer and trainer of new Guardians ad Litem with Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which represents the interests of abused and neglected children in South Carolina Department of Social Services proceedings. From 2012-2015, Ms. Bone  held the position of adjunct professor of Business Law I & II, Employment Law, and Healthcare Law and served as the Coordinator of Legal Courses at Charleston Southern University in the College of Adult and Professional Studies.   


Carolyn Bone served as the President of the Dorchester County Bar Association (2018) and is an active member of the Charleston County Bar, as well as the Family Court Section of the South Carolina Bar. She is a former appointed member of the Dorchester County Family Court Liaison Committee (2018- 2021), serving as a bridge between local Family Court judges and family law practitioners to improve the practice of family law in our area. In 2018, she was elected as a General Council Member of the South Carolina Bar Family Law Section, which monitors and drafts Family Court legislation, conducts continuing legal education seminars, and publishes materials for Family Court attorneys in South Carolina.


In 2015, Ms. Bone successfully completed the American Bar Association/National Institute for Trial Advocacy Family Law Program, an intensive trial skills program in Boulder, Colorado. This program features nationally-recognized faculty and refines the skills and techniques used in contested divorce proceedings, including examination of child custody and financial experts.

Ms. Bone became a certified Family Court Mediator in 2017. She has served as a board member of the Mediation and Meeting Center of Charleston (2019) and continues to volunteer with the organization. Our firm provides divorce and family law mediation services to the entire Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester county areas. Ms. Bone is also trained in Cooperative Family Law and is a member of the Charleston Cooperative Family Law Association. s. Bone is also a guest lecturer at Charleston School of Law in the student mediation clinic run by the Mediation and Meeting Center of Charleston.


In 2020, Ms. Bone was voted Best Family Law Attorney- Runner Up, by the Charleston City Paper "Best of Charleston" readers. In 2021, 2022, and 2023, Ms. Bone was selected as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers. Ms. Bone also serves as a mentor to law students at Charleston School of Law and young lawyers through the South Carolina Bar. In 2023, Ms. Bone was selected for the South Carolina Family Law Inn of Court, dedicated to inspiring the legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education and mentoring.

If you need a Summerville mediator, or help resolving a Charleston Family Court issue, give us a call. We're available anywhere in the Charleston area and statewide online. We offer virtual and in-person mediation. 

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