Posts Tagged ‘Child Support’

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 […]

South Carolina takes small step toward insuring due process in child support collection

On February 28, 2014 the South Carolina Supreme Court promulgated the use of the following new form, SCCA 430S, which can be downloaded here, for use in child support collection proceedings. This form is designed to provide a sworn one-page summary of the obligor’s current income, assets and monthly debts, and information regarding other biological […]

Lewis affirms child custody but remands child support based on improper imputation of husbands’s income

The November 14, 2012 Court of Appeals opinion in Lewis v. Lewis, 400 S.C. 354, 734 S.E.2d 322 (Ct. App. 2012), provides some guidance on imputing income to unemployed spouses and parents and deciding whether to award joint custody. In Lewis, the family court denied Husband’s request for joint custody and imputed monthly income to him of […]

Improper computation of rental income causes Court of Appeals to remand child support determination

South Carolina attorney Brian A. DiMarco must really love our appellate courts in August because for the second straight August he has obtained a published victory in his own domestic litigation.  The August 15, 2012 Court of Appeals opinion in DiMarco v. DiMarco, 399 S.C. 295, 731 S.E.2d 617 (Ct. App. 2012), partially reversed and remanded the […]

Are you paying too much in weekly support?

When translating support from a monthly payment amount to a weekly payment amount, family court attorneys and judges divide the weekly amount by 4 1/3.  That is based on 52 weeks in 12 months and 52 divided by 12 is 4 1/3. However this math isn’t entirely accurate.  First of all there are 365 days […]

South Carolina Supreme Court’s Suspension of Family Court Rule 24 for Title IV-D Cases

Two different family law attorneys have asked–nay demanded–that I blog about the July 19, 2012 South Carolina Supreme Court Administrative Order suspending application of South Carolina Family Court Rule 24 as it relates to the review and enforcement of Title IV-D child support payments paid through the clerk of court.  This suspension is based upon […]

What does it all mean?

Recent Charleston School of Law graduate Asher Watson has asked me questions about recently enacted (effective June 26, 2012) South Carolina House Bill 3400, which modifies S.C. Code § 63-3-530(A)(17), a subsection of the family court code that explains when child support terminates.  That code section previously read that “The family court has exclusive jurisdiction:” […]

A new front in the battle of the sexes

A recent scientific breakthrough allows the paternity of an unborn child to be determined through a blood test of the mother as early as the eighth or ninth week of pregnancy.  This prompted Shari Motro, a law professor at the University of Richmond, to write an op-ed piece for the New York Times suggesting the […]