Locking the barn doors after the horse has escaped

Posted Sunday, November 27th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants

There are a half dozen critical moments in each family court case when having an experienced attorney is critical: motions for temporary relief; contempt actions;

(Unwittingly) Coaching the children

Posted Friday, November 25th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Child Custody, Litigation Strategy, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

To most people “coaching” children in the context of custody and visitation cases is telling a child to lie to the judge (or the guardian,

Is it really better to beg forgiveness than ask permission?

Posted Saturday, October 29th, 2016 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

Early in my career one of my most trusted mentors would counsel me when I asked her about filing a motion or complaint in the

Once trial starts the attorney is the director and the litigant is merely an actor

Posted Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

I was recently preparing for a trial with a litigant who was filled with good ideas but wanted to be the medium to express all

“Can I do something” is rarely the right question to ask

Posted Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants

A common question I, and I suspect many attorneys, get asked are variations of “can I....?” A common variation of that question, almost always asked

Real emergencies versus fake emergencies

Posted Friday, May 27th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

There’s a saying that in doing work quickly, inexpensively, and accurately, you are lucky if you can achieve two of the three, but can never

Lying to your attorney makes your case more difficult and more expensive

Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

With every contested case, I sit my client across the desk, look him or her in the eye, and give some variation on the following

First you investigate

Posted Friday, May 20th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

Clients, and the young attorneys I mentor, often ask me to render an opinion on their cases when their cases have just started. Specifically clients

Where’s my time machine?

Posted Friday, March 11th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Humor?, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

Where’s the time machine that a sizable portion of family law clients, and potential clients, think I have? My colleagues inform me that their clients

Don’t end a long-term marriage unless you’re ready to amputate

Posted Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Divorce and Marriage, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to General Public

I spend a bit of time talking folks in long-term marriages out of separating from a spouse with whom they are unhappy. It’s amazing how

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