Emily Johnston - Mount Pleasant family law attorney

Taking the First Step Is
the Most Difficult Part

The Johnston Family Law Firm can help you through a difficult divorce or family law matter.

Our attorneys are guides with an excellent reputation for trying cases in the courtroom and resolving the most difficult matters. These matters include high-asset valuation, cases involving businesses, transmutation issues on inherited funds and other extensive property valuation. We work with forensic accountants when we determine with our clients that this expense is justified. We are always cost-conscious and will work for the most cost-effective solutions in your case.

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Our Focus

Focused on Divorce
and Family Law

Our law office represents clients in a variety of family matters, including:

• Child custody and parenting plans
• Child support, spousal support or alimony
• Issues of particular concern to people in their 50s or 60s who are seeking answers in an unhappy marriage and considering divorce (aka gray divorce) such as division of retirement assets, second homes, vacation property, artwork, motorboats, jewelry and fine automobiles
• Post-decree modifications to agreements
• Marriage or cohabitation, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
• Relocation and custody agreements or modification of agreements

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Resolve your matter through mediation

In addition to traditional divorce and trial representation, Emily G. Johnston is a certified family law mediator. She receives frequent referrals from other attorneys who know she can assist couples in an impartial way to solve problems. Ms. Johnston believes in cooperative and alternative dispute resolution if they are right for your situation.

A Fighter On Your Side
As a cancer survivor, Ms. Johnston knows that life can come at you and change your situation in a moment. She is prepared to fight for her clients facing difficult life changes for themselves and their families.

Emily G. Johnston Holds an MBA
Having an attorney with an MBA is an unusual advantage of someone who has extra skills with numbers and the business understanding for asset evaluations.

Read more about Emily in recent Mount Pleasant Magazine article

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Meet the Johnston Family Law Team

The attorneys and staff at the firm provide strong representation for people with divorce and family law issues. We offer clients a warm welcome, a strong family focus and a commitment to resolve complicated or contested divorce issues.

Emily G. Johnston | Attorney at Law

Emily G. Johnston grew up in Statesville, North Carolina. She is the fourth child of five children. As a child she studied hard, ran from her brothers, and tried to paint and play piano. She attended Salem Academy her junior and senior years, and holds Salem in high regard. She credits Salem with having given her exceptional study skills and lifelong friends.

Emily attended MBA/JD school at UNC-Chapel Hill after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a major in French. She spent her junior year in Montpellier, France. During law school and MBA school, she frequently saw famous basketball players on the Tar Heel team because the gym was in between the law and business schools.

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After graduating with her prized degree, Emily relocated to the Charleston area to be close to her parents who had retired on Kiawah Island. Kiawah remains one of her favorite places, but her favorite activity is hiking in the mountains near Caesars Head, South Carolina. She is the proud mother of a son and twin daughters. Emily loves practicing law and meeting and helping new people.

Sara Von Schweinitz | Paralegal

Sara von Schweinitz grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. She graduated from the College of Charleston in 2014. Sara never dreamed that her degree in communications would lead to being a paralegal in a busy divorce practice, but her skills in that area have served her well. Sara joined the law office of Emily G. Johnston in July 2016. Since that time, she has learned to love financial declarations, discovery responses and walking clients through the process. She is kind and attentive.

What our clients say


Now that my divorce is complete, I must tell you that Working with you guys has been a real pleasure, Emily’s style is exemplary and reassuring. I almost regret that I do not need your services any more. If you need me for reference, please don’t hesitate to ask. Warmest regards, cheers, and salutations.

— Dan —

What our clients say


Cannot recommend Emily and her entire team enough. I had a terrible 5 month long experience with another attorney handling my separation/divorce with no resolution and things getting worse. I came to Emily in tears, at my lowest, weakest point. Emily was honest, realistic, strong, but reassuring. She gave me options, but most importantly outlined a clear path on how she would handle, and did exactly what she said she would and resolution happened quickly, effectively and most of all personally. She kept in contact, fought for me, and absolutely had my best interest in mind. 

— Chantal —

What our clients say


Mrs. Emily & her staff are a wonderful group of folks! They’ve made me comfortable & made sure I understood the whole process along the way!

— Shanta —

What our clients say


Ms. Johnston helped me with the financial settlement for my divorce. She and her staff are professional, knowledgeable, and considerate about suggestions that could reduce my costs. I recommend her and would use her again.

— TOM —

What our clients say


I met with Emily a few years ago for an initial consultation as I faced divorce. Immediately I sensed I was in the company of brilliance. Emily listened to my entire story, helped me establish my footing and actually advised me to not become her client. She correctly predicted a cut and dry case that did not require her services. Emily’s expert advice and honesty encouraged me to proceed independently.

— HOPE —

What our clients say


EGJ did a great job guiding me through my divorce. All of my desires were handled professionally with compassion and competence. They were very responsive to all of my questions in a very timely fashion and kept my expenses to a minimum! I highly recommend Emily and her team for any legal matters you may choose them for.


What our clients say


EGJ Family Law (Emily) has been a wonderful, trusted help thru the years in understanding how to rationally manage changing circumstances with my family. She does an excellent job in thinking thru the best outcome for the family – providing advice that holds the kids at the center of the decision; but in addition, understanding and helping me with my needs.

— SEAN —

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