Archive for the ‘South Carolina Specific’ Category

After eight years South Carolina finally updates its child support guidelines

On July 1, 2014 South Carolina’s new child support guidelines went into effect. The updated guidelines can be downloaded here. It is the first revision to these guidelines since 2006. There are four primary changes from the previous guidelines. The first change is to the child support tables. These tables now go up to incomes […]

Family court attorney gets public reprimand for inaccurate client affidavit

In what should put chills in my fellow family law attorneys’ spines, on July 2, 2014, a South Carolina family law attorney was publicly reprimanded by the South Carolina Supreme Court in the case of In Re. Massey, 759 S.E.2d 433 (S.C. 2014), for submitting an inaccurate affidavit of his client at a temporary hearing. This attorney’s […]

Supreme Court completely reverses Court of Appeals and reinstates family court’s alimony, property division and attorney fee award

The July 2, 2014 Supreme Court opinion in Crossland v. Crossland, 759 S.E.2d 419 (S.C. 2014), completely reverses the prior Court of Appeals opinion and reinstates family court’s alimony, property division and attorney fee award. The family court had awarded Wife permanent periodic alimony. The Court of Appeals remanded the alimony award back to the family […]

Unpublished Court of Appeals opinion undefinitively answers one of my family court questions

The June 25, 2014 unpublished Court of Appeals opinion in Katzburg v. Katzburg undefinitively answers one of my long-standing family court questions. I was retained by Mr. Katzburg after he was incarcerated by the family court for failing to comply with a New Jersey divorce decree that had been turned into a money judgment and […]

South Carolina finally does grandparent visitation rights right

On June 9, 2014 Governor Nikki Haley signed into law House bill 4348 amending S.C. Code § 63-3-530 (A)(33), commonly known as the grandparent visitation statute. The new law is effective immediately. This law makes it much easier for grandparents to obtain court-ordered visitation with their grandchildren. As modified, subsection 33 now authorizes the family […]

Court of Appeals rules prevailing party shouldn’t have to pay the other side’s attorney’s fees

The June 4, 2014 Court of Appeals opinion in Brown v. Brown, 758 S.E.2d 922 (S.C. App. 2014), reversed a $5,000 attorney fee award the family court made to Mother despite Father prevailing on the contested issue of which child support worksheet to use. The primary issues at trial were the number of overnights Father was spending […]

Court of Appeals slightly modifies prior published opinion of Teeter v. Teeter

On May 21, 2014 the Court of Appeals slightly modified its prior published opinion in the case of Teeter v. Teeter, 759 S.E.2d 144 (S.C. App. 2014).  As near as I can tell the only difference is that, rather than simply awarding Husband an additional $31,751.95 in equitable distribution, it remanded the matter back “to the family […]

Court of Appeals finds adultery by both spouses and changes ground for divorce

In the extremely odd May 14, 2014 opinion of Mick-Skaggs v. Skaggs, the South Carolina Court of Appeals modified the grounds for divorce from one year’s separation to mutual adultery but otherwise left the family court’s order intact. At trial both parties alleged adultery against the other and Wife sought alimony. The trial court denied both […]