College related child care is not work-related child care for the purpose of setting child support

Posted Thursday, June 25th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Support, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

There are a number of South Carolina family court opinions that are of narrow relevance but of significant importance when relevant. Such cases tend to

“Force majeure” as a defense to family court contempt

Posted Thursday, March 19th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Support, Contempt/Enforcement of Orders, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

Given the impact on the new coronavirus on South Carolina businesses, I’ve had more than one client ask me about paying court-ordered support obligations at

Court of Appeals reverses equitable estoppel defense to past due child support

Posted Monday, January 6th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Support, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

Continuing a very recent pattern of appellate courts disregarding the family court’s credibility determinations, the December 31, 2019, Court of Appeals opinion in Bauckman v.

Is there a ceiling on alimony or child support?

Posted Friday, December 6th, 2019 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Child Support, Jurisprudence, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

An issue more philosophical than legal is whether there should be a ceiling on alimony and (especially) child support awards. On one hand, alimony (and

Court of Appeals affirms an unusual and detailed custody arrangement

Posted Friday, May 10th, 2019 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney's Fees, Child Custody, Child Support, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The May 8, 2019 Court of Appeals opinion in Klein v. Barrett, 427 S.C. 74 828 S.E.2d 773 (Ct. App. 2019), finds the Court of

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

Posted Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Attorney's Fees, Child Support, Divorce and Marriage, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

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

Should side jobs lead to increased support obligations?

Posted Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Support, Jurisprudence, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

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

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

Posted Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Support, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

In the January 17, 2018, opinion in Scott v. Scott, 422 S.C. 154, 810 S.E.2d 439 (Ct. App. 2018), the Court of Appeals refused to apply

Two recent interesting unpublished family law opinions

Posted Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Child Support, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

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

Should student loan payments be a factor in setting child support?

Posted Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Support, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

It has always struck me as fundamentally unfair that student loan payments–especially interest on those payments–are not deductible from income for income tax purposes. Borrow

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