Shouldn’t a party’s assets be a factor in “ability to pay” family court attorney’s fees?

Posted Thursday, October 25th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney's Fees, Litigation Strategy, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

E.D.M. v. T.A.M., 307 S.C. 471, 476-77, 415 S.E.2d 812, 816 (1992) is the seminal South Carolina case in deciding whether to award a prevailing

Bojilov highlights importance of a good record and accurate financial declarations

Posted Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Attorney's Fees, Child Custody, Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The September 19, 2018 Court of Appeals opinion in Bojilov v. Bojilov, 425 S.C. 161, 819 S.E.2d 791 (Ct. App. 2018), doesn’t establish any novel

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

Don’t expect the other side to pay your attorney’s fees

Posted Friday, April 14th, 2017 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Attorney's Fees, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

Folks going through marital litigation–and, less often, folks going through custody disputes– often contact me regarding representation with the expectation that the other side will

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

Posted Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Attorney's Fees, Contempt/Enforcement of Orders, Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

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

How to enforce an attorney fee award

Posted Thursday, November 17th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney's Fees, Contempt/Enforcement of Orders, Litigation Strategy, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

A few months ago my mentee observed me enforce my attorney fee award through a family court contempt proceeding. Expecting me to prove the contempt

Wife’s lack of corroborating evidence mostly dooms her appeal

Posted Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney's Fees, Divorce and Marriage, Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

In the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story “Adventure of the Silver Blaze,” Sherlock Holmes deduces the identity of the thief, in part, by noting that

Five years of litigation, all for naught

Posted Saturday, September 10th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Attorney's Fees, Contempt/Enforcement of Orders, Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

Pity poor Lori Stoney, a fellow member of the Charleston County family court bar, and the appellant in the July 27, 2016 Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals partially reduces Husband’s alimony reduction in case Husband probably wishes he never filed

Posted Friday, September 9th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Attorney's Fees, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

One of my harder tasks practicing family law in South Carolina is advising ex-spouses with alimony obligations whether and how much their obligation might change

Court of Appeals affirms contempt finding against mother who didn’t force children to visit

Posted Sunday, July 10th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney's Fees, Contempt/Enforcement of Orders, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific, Visitation

Calling bullsh*t on custodial parents who let the children decide their visitation is one of my most controversial and by far my most commented-upon blog.

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