Availability for family court mediations

Posted Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Given Chief Justice Beatty's order allowing mediation via videoconferencing, I can mediate family court disputes throughout South Carolina through zoom. Until the courts reopen I

A second Court of Appeals panel finds family court cannot enforce custody issues decided by arbitration

Posted Thursday, December 19th, 2019 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

Argued first but decided second, the December 18, 2019 Court of Appeals opinion in Singh v. Singh confirms what a November 6, 2019 Court of

South Carolina Court of Appeals holds arbitration orders regarding children’s issues are void ab initio

Posted Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

Many family law attorneys in the Charleston area were awaiting the Court of Appeals decision in Singh v. Singh, which was argued there this February.

Selecting a mediator: what are your goals?

Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Unlike a guardian ad litem–whose work product and testimony may impact a judge’s decision at trial–the only thing the court will hear from the mediator

How pro se litigants can best prepare for family law mediations

Posted Saturday, April 20th, 2019 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, South Carolina Specific

Most pro se family court litigants are pro se either because they cannot afford attorneys or do not want the contentious litigation that they assume

Mediator or messenger

Posted Monday, June 18th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

During the past few weeks two attorneys I greatly respect have conducted mediations for my clients. One mediator settled every single case, often in circumstances

Getting arbitration awards turned into court orders (or preventing it from happening)

Posted Thursday, October 5th, 2017 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Family Court Procedure, Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Many of my colleagues are turning to arbitration to resolve family law disputes. Few seem aware that an arbitrator’s award does not automatically become a

Not all cases need to settle

Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

A few weeks ago one of my cases was mediated by a retired family court judge. It began with the her talking privately to me

An aggressive mediator is a hammer but not every case is a nail

Posted Saturday, December 12th, 2015 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

The model of mediation we were all taught in the family court mediation training has the parties sitting together with the mediator in one room,

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