Dennis v. Dennis

Dennis v. Dennis is an unpublished May 2002 opinion from the South Carolina Court of Appeals.  I was retained after trial to represent Ms. Dennis, who, despite her disability, had only been awarded $700.00 a month in alimony and a bit more than half her attorney’s fees at trial.  During the litigation her husband had continued a lavish lifestyle while she had to cut back greatly on hers.  The family court improperly accepted her husband’s temporarily lower income as his true income in setting (and reducing from the initial hearing) her alimony.

On appeal the Court of Appeals not only restored the alimony to her previous $1,000.00 a month figure but actually increased it to $1,500.00 a month.  It further awarded her all of her attorney’s fees.