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

Building better restraining orders

Posted Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Jurisprudence, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

A few weeks ago I blogged about what I considered ill-conceived child custody restraining orders. These restraints criminalized behavior that, while not ideal, are hardly

South Carolina child custody restraining orders I really hate

Posted Saturday, August 26th, 2017 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

By the same process that causes attorneys’ boilerplate to grow over time–they borrow “good” ideas from other attorneys but never weed out redundant or obsolete

The legislative paternalism of South Carolina’s name change law

Posted Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Jurisprudence, Legislation, Of Interest to General Public, South Carolina Specific

When my wife was a social worker at a local hospital she once acted as a case manager for a mother giving birth to twins.

Equal protection challenge to domestic abuse statute leaves law in chaos

Posted Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Jurisprudence, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public, Protection from Domestic Abuse, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

N.B., as anticipated below, the Supreme Court subsequently modified its decision and revived the application of the domestic abuse statute to unmarried cohabitants.  See South Carolina

Red lines and teenagers

Posted Sunday, April 24th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Jurisprudence, Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public

Non-custodial parents of teenagers often complain when the custodial parent doesn’t stop their child from engaging in typical risky teen behavior. One hears stories of

Maybe the judge is wrong

Posted Friday, February 19th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Jurisprudence, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

Earlier this week I spent two days presenting and attending a legal education seminar, “Family Law From Start to Finish.” As with most such seminars,

It’s called vigilantism

Posted Friday, November 27th, 2015 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Jurisprudence, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Visitation

Of all of my blogs the one that has generated the most comments is Calling bullsh*t on custodial parents who let the children decide their

The risk of sending South Carolina family law clients to counseling

Posted Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Jurisprudence, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Many family law clients in the initial stage of custody or divorce litigation could benefit from counseling. Whether it is developing better coping methods for

Why family law in South Carolina is so underdeveloped

Posted Friday, July 3rd, 2015 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Jurisprudence, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

South Carolina family law attorneys frequently complain about the random nature of family court. A large part of the reason for this “randomness” is that

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