Archive for the ‘South Carolina Specific’ Category

Materials from preparing for family court temporary hearing lecture

The following is the outline for a presentation Elizabeth Stringer, Karen Fine, and I presented at the Charleston School of Law on January 12, 2018.  Links to word drafts of the materials follow. Temporary relief SCRFC 21 Substantive relief one is seeking at the conclusion of a case that is sought prior to trial Can […]

Supreme Court clarifies when email notice is proper notice

In 2015, when the Court of Appeals, in the case of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Fallon Properties, SC, LLC, 413 S.C. 642, 776 S.E.2d 575 (Ct. App. 2015), dismissed an appeal due to untimely service of the notice of appeal where appellant had received written notice of the entry of the order via email, […]

Should side jobs lead to increased support obligations?

One of the many fundamental unfairnesses in South Carolina’s child support system is that a payor’s increased income almost universally leads to an increase in child support while any decrease in the payor’s income requires the payor to prove he or she (generally he) isn’t underemployed or didn’t suffer the decrease in income due to […]

Someone didn’t get the memo

As part of the February 7, 2018 Shearouse advance sheet, the Supreme Court asked the South Carolina General Assembly to approve a change to the rules of appellate procedure. One of the proposed changes would add a “Standard of Review” section to appellate briefs: (D) Standard of Review. If all the issues are governed by […]

Possibly correct but poorly reasoned custody and relocation decision from the Court of Appeals

The January 24, 2018 Court of Appeals opinion in Burgess v. Arnold is possibly correct but, in at least three important particulars, poorly reasoned. Burgess stems from Mother’s appeal of a family court order that gave the parties joint custody with her having primary custody over all issue except education. That order required that she […]

Court of Appeals refuses to apply lump sum social security disability auxiliary benefits to pre disability child support arrearage

In the January 17, 2018, opinion in Scott v. Scott, the Court of Appeals refused to apply lump sum social security disability auxiliary benefits to a pre-disability child support arrearage. In Scott, Father had a child support arrearage when he became disabled. He petitioned for, and obtained, a temporary reduction in his child support obligation. […]

Supreme Court adds one sentence to the Conits opinion

On January 17, 2018, the South Carolina Supreme Court issued a refiled opinion in the case of Conits v. Conits, modifying the concluding sentence to read as follows: We REMAND to the court of appeals to rule on the merits of the issue and to consider any other issues that arise as a result of […]

2017 again features a dearth of published family court opinions

Since I started this blog in 2009, I have begun the following year with a table listing the prior year’s published opinions and briefly discussing the cases I believed most consequentiiial. Early on I commented on about a dearth of published opinions, such as in 2011 when I “complained” there were “only” thirty-five such opinions. […]


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