Posts Tagged ‘South Carolina Court of Appeals’

Court of Appeals affirms custody determination despite claim of improper guardian investigation

The April 2, 2014 Court of Appeals opinion in Simcox-Adams v. Adams affirmed the family court’s award of custody to Husband despite Wife’s challenge to the guardian ad litem’s investigation and report.  It also affirmed the family court’s finding that Wife’s inheritance was transmuted into marital property. Wife raised a number of issues regarding the […]

Court of Appeals finds prenuptial agreement only partially limited family court’s jurisdiction

The March 26, 2014 Court of Appeals opinion in Meehan v. Meehan determined that the Meehans’ prenuptial divested the family court of jurisdiction for some issues but not the issue of attorney’s fees as it related to child custody and support. Prior to their marriage, the Meehans entered into an agreement which provided in part […]

Unpublished Court of Appeals opinion reflects South Carolina’s continuing antiquated view of gender and alimony

South Carolina family law’s approach to alimony continues to reflect an antiquated view of gender roles.  South Carolina is the only state in which a spouse’s adultery will bar alimony–a punishment for “bad” spouses, typically “bad” wives.  Yet, although the alimony statute is gender neutral, I rarely see the family courts awarding husbands alimony–even when […]

Court of Appeals mostly affirms family court’s equitable distribution award

The March 5, 2014 Court of Appeals opinion in Teeter v. Teeter largely affirms the family court’s equitable distribution award (child custody and alimony were resolved before trial by agreement).  The family court determined that properties Husband purchased during the marriage with a down payment from non marital funds were marital property, divided the marital […]

Court of Appeals finds family court improperly determined downsized husband’s earning capacity

In the January 15, 2014 opinion of Burgess v. Burgess, 407 S.C. 98, 753 S.E.2d 566 (Ct. App. 2014), the Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the family court’s alimony and attorney’s fees award, finding that the family court had improperly imputed too high an earning capacity to husband. Husband worked in commercial real estate. […]

Court of Appeals reverses finding of contempt, finding Mother’s non-compliance not willful

The October 30, 2013 Court of Appeals opinion in Ward v. Washington, 406 S.C. 249, 750 S.E.2d 105 (Ct. App. 2013), reversed a finding of contempt despite Mother’s non-compliance in denying Father Labor Day visitation because it found Mother’s non-compliance wasn’t willful. In 2009 the parties reached an agreement that modified Father’s visitation from a 2007 […]

South Carolina appellate courts finally approve an alimony termination based on continued cohabitation

As noted in a blog earlier this year, I have despaired that our South Carolina appellate courts would ever find the requisite “ninety or more consecutive days” of  “continued cohabitation” to terminate alimony pursuant to S.C. Code § 20-3-130(B) and § 20-3-150.  In seven previous reported decisions alimony obligors had always failed in their attempts […]

Court of Appeals provides guidance on enforcing equitable distribution orders when a party doesn’t own the subject property

The June 26, 2013 Court of Appeals opinion in Simpson v. Simpson, 404 S.C. 563, 746 S.E.2d 54 (Ct. App. 2013), provides quite useful guidance as to how the family court is to effectuate a final property division order when a party claims it doesn’t own title to the property. In Simpson, Wife had filed a […]