Little known case has big impact on custody jurisdiction

Posted Friday, August 12th, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Jurisdiction, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

Occasionally I blog on little known cases that I find myself referencing often.  Thus today’s blog about Widdicombe v. Tucker-Cales, 366 S.C. 75, 620 S.E.2d 333

The latest insane restraining order making the South Carolina family court rounds

Posted Friday, June 17th, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

I am on repeated record in finding numerous provisions of the typical South Carolina custody order to be overly broad, stupid, and frankly reckless.  Over

You willing to go to jail over that?

Posted Thursday, April 14th, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Contempt/Enforcement of Orders, Jurisprudence, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

It amazes me how unseriously many folks subject to South Carolina child custody orders take the requirement of those orders. Per S.C. Code Ann. §

Court of Appeals affirms award of stepmother custody and grandparent visitation

Posted Thursday, March 17th, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

In the March 16, 2022 opinion in Jacobs v. Zarcone, 436 S.C. 170, 871 S.E.2d 211 (Ct.App. 2022), the Court of Appeals affirms an award

Court of Appeals’ Glinyanay opinion addresses numerous novel family law issues

Posted Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney's Fees, Child Custody, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The February 23, 2022, Court of Appeals opinion in Glinyanay v. Tobias, 436 S.C. 137, 871 S.E.2d 193 (Ct.App. 2022), addresses numerous novel legal issues

Parents who allow unfit co-parents to provide unsupervised care for their child(ren) are also unfit

Posted Monday, February 14th, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Litigation Strategy, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

But for the human capacity for self delusions, I would find the ability of parents to claim their co-parent was unfit while they allowed that

Anyone has standing to seek custody of a neglected or delinquent child

Posted Saturday, February 12th, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

I thought it was well known that when a child’s caretakers are unfit literarily anyone has standing to seek custody. Yet when two lawyer friends

Notice provisions in custody agreements

Posted Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Litigation Strategy, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

Not enough care is given to drafting notice provisions in custody orders. There is an inherent tension between the needs/goals of the non-custodial parent and

Court of Appeals opinion unwittingly exposes serious flaws in South Carolina’s Family Court Rules

Posted Monday, July 26th, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Contempt/Enforcement of Orders, Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The July 7, 2021, Court of Appeals opinion in Taylor v. Taylor, 863 S.E.2d 335, 434 S.C. 307 (2021), unwittingly exposes serious flaws in South

There needs to be the final decision maker for minor children(and it almost always should be a parent)

Posted Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Litigation Strategy, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

I see a number of attorneys and pro se litigants who try to finesse the issue of final decision making authority by making both parents

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