Archive for the ‘Alimony/Spousal Support’ Category

Supreme Court acknowledges investment income is a factor in awarding alimony but affirms alimony award in which family court declined to set a specific figure for such income

The March 20, 2019, South Carolina Supreme Court opinion in Sweeney v. Sweeney “establishes” something I had assumed was already well established: in setting alimony, the family court should consider investment income available to the parties. After all, the sixth alimony factor is “the current and reasonably anticipated earnings of both spouses.” S.C. Code Ann. […]

There is no formula to predict South Carolina alimony obligations

There’s a chart circulating amongst South Carolina family law attorneys that lists most of the published alimony opinions and has columns for the amount of alimony ordered, length of marriage, the spouses’ respective incomes and expenses, grounds for divorce, and other factors described in the alimony statute. My understanding is that family law attorneys look […]

Bojilov highlights importance of a good record and accurate financial declarations

The September 19, 2018 Court of Appeals opinion in Bojilov v. Bojilov, 425 S.C. 161 (S.C. App. 2018), doesn’t establish any novel legal issues but does highlight important recurring issues in South Carolina Family Law. Bojilov stems from a divorce, with the primary issues on appeal being child custody, Husband’s right to travel with the […]

For South Carolina spouses seeking alimony, adultery is fatal, attempted murder is not

While driving back from court yesterday I received a telephone call from Buzzfeed asking me about the impact of domestic violence on alimony. The reporter wanted to know whether domestic abusers were more likely to pay alimony. What I informed her about South Carolina alimony had to seem bizarre. The answer to her question about […]

Smith case addresses alimony and transmutation issues

While there is nothing surprising in the September 19, 2018 Court of Appeals opinion in Smith v. Smith, 425 S.C. 119 (S.C. App. 2018), the decision addresses some novel issues of alimony and equitable distribution. Smith stems from a divorce action filed by Wife on December 27, 2013. For the previous five years Husband had […]

Stoney 2 (or 4) largely follows the original Stoney opinion

The long strange journey of the Stoney appeal took another step on August 29, 2018 when the Court of Appeals issued its remanded opinion in Stoney v. Stoney, 425 S.C. 47, 819 S.E.2d 201 (Ct. App. 2018). Told by the Supreme Court to review the case on a de novo standard of review, and then told by […]

Two recent interesting unpublished family law opinions

I rarely blog about unpublished opinions because even when they are interesting, and even when they should have been published, they rarely do anything other than restate legal principals that have been established in published opinions. However two recent unpublished family court opinions make new law–or would make law if they were published and therefore […]

South Carolina Court of Appeals opinion highlights the importance of accurate financial declarations

My clients get sick of me harping on refining and corroborating their financial declarations before we file them. In the future I will direct them to the April 5, 2017 Court of Appeals opinion in Sweeney v. Sweeney, 420 S.C. 69, 800 S.E.2d 148 (Ct. App. 2017), and remind them how both parties were harmed […]

 

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