A few big things trump a lot of small things

Posted Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Litigation Strategy, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

At the very beginning of any new domestic client relationship the attorney and client need to discuss the client’s goal, discuss the law related to

Don’t forget rebuttal

Posted Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Litigation Strategy, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

One of the biggest mistakes I see my family court colleagues making is forgoing the opportunity to present rebuttal (sometimes called reply) testimony. Rebuttal is

Where are the Departments of Love?

Posted Friday, May 3rd, 2019 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

Universities have Departments of Economics to study the allocation of scarce resources. They have Departments of Political Science to study power. Where are the Departments

Outline of “Preparing for a Family Court Trial”

Posted Saturday, January 12th, 2019 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Litigation Strategy, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

In August 2017, I lectured at the Charleston School of Law on “Preparing for a Family Court Trial.” The lecture outline has never been published.

Defending the client’s deposition

Posted Saturday, December 1st, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Litigation Strategy, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

An attorney tasked with defending a client’s deposition is doing most of the work prior to the deposition. While I have a frequently asked question

The Silver Anniversary of my law practice

Posted Sunday, November 18th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Miscellaneous, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

Today, November 18, 2018, marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of opening my own law practice. It was a somewhat compelled decision that ended up being among

Better behaving clients

Posted Saturday, November 10th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

Earlier this week I received what may be one of the bigger complements of my career. A fellow member of the local family court bar

Even in South Carolina, corporal punishment is becoming highly problematic

Posted Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

When I first started practicing family law in South Carolina a quarter century ago, “Spare the Rod; Spoil the Child” was a biblically sanctioned cultural

The pessimistic defendant’s attorney

Posted Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants

I suspect I lose a lot of business by projecting a pessimistic outlook when first meeting with Defendants in family law cases. While many litigants

Should I stay or should I go?

Posted Friday, September 14th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Jurisdiction, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

With Hurricane Florence slowly approaching Charleston and with South Carolina’s northeastern coast under a mandatory evaluation order, I’ve spent the past few days with my

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