Pro se appellant creates interesting law on military retirement and jurisdictional challenges

Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The May 25, 2022, Court of Appeals opinion in the case of Williams v. Williams demonstrates the ability of a pro se litigant to effect

Fornicating (even baby-making) does not turn jointly titled property into “marital property”

Posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Law and Culture, Of Interest to General Public, South Carolina Specific

I’ve been getting a number of recent calls from people in long-term sexual relationships seeking assistance in dividing up their property.  Sometimes these folks have

Enterprise versus personal goodwill explained through local barbeque joints

Posted Thursday, March 10th, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

The distinction between enterprise goodwill and personal goodwill confuses a number of family law attorneys. But any Charleston area attorney who loves barbeque will probably

An odd place to address pet custody

Posted Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Jurisprudence, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

As it currently stands, South Carolina property law does not distinguish pets from livestock–or even inanimate objects. While everyone expects the South Carolina legislature to

Court of Appeals addresses parties’ efforts in its alimony and equitable distribution determination

Posted Thursday, September 30th, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The August 18, 2021, Court of Appeals opinion in Jordan v. Postell, 434 S.C. 510, 864 S.E.2d 558 (Ct. App. 2021), addresses common issues of

South Carolina’s unjust approach to unvested stock options

Posted Tuesday, July 27th, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

A few days ago a colleague called me to discuss an issue he was mediating, specifically how to apportion unvested stock options. This made me

Subsequently discovered property provisions in equitable distribution agreements

Posted Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Litigation Strategy, Miscellaneous, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

A provision I occasionally see in equitable distribution agreements addresses subsequently discovered property. These provisions state that if one spouse discovers the other spouse failed

Jackson case demonstrates problems arising when there’s a lengthy delay between separation and litigation

Posted Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Child Custody, Equitable Distribution/Property Division, South Carolina Appellate Decisions

The December 9, 2020, Court of Appeals opinion in Jackson v. Jackson, 432 S.C. 415, 853 S.E.2d 344 (Ct.App. 2020), demonstrates the problems that can

Out of control but not crazy

Posted Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Attorney's Fees, Child Support, Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The October 21, 2020 South Carolina Court of Appeals opinion in Rogers v. Rogers, 432 S.C. 168, 851 S.E.2d 447 (Ct.App. 2020), partially answers the

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