“Fuck around and find out” in family court

Posted Thursday, February 15th, 2024 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants

I try to avoid vulgarity on my website but the Gen-Z slang “fuck around and find out” is so evocative and applicable to many family

No one enjoys answering discovery—still don’t fight your attorney on responding to it

Posted Friday, February 9th, 2024 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants

One of the least pleasant tasks in any litigation is responding to discovery. Little of what is produced in responding to discovery actually gets used

Are we headed to an encyclopedia of child custody restraints (and is that something we actually want)?

Posted Monday, January 29th, 2024 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Jurisprudence, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

This is another blog inspired by last Friday’s guardian ad litem training.  As I enter my fourth decade of practice and acknowledge that my legal

Make the parents bounce

Posted Monday, January 29th, 2024 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Jurisprudence, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to General Public

South Carolina’s annual guardian ad litem training, which took place last Friday, always inspires at least a few blogs. It did again this year. During

For the first time in a decade, South Carolina updates its child support guidelines

Posted Monday, January 29th, 2024 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Support, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

South Carolina updated its child support guidelines on January 15, 2024—for the first time since 2014.  There are three main distinctions between the 2014 and

Court of Appeals affirms custody and relocation but reverses Mother’s rehabilitative alimony award

Posted Wednesday, January 24th, 2024 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Child Custody, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The January 24, 2024, Court of Appeals opinion in Gandy v. Gandy affirmed the family court’s award of custody to Mother and affirmed a relocation

Only nine published family law opinions in 2023 (and none from the Supreme Court)

Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2024 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

Every year I do a table of published family law opinions from the prior year.  2023 was a slow year, but not the slowest year

Allegations and records determine outcomes

Posted Sunday, November 12th, 2023 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Litigation Strategy, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

I suspect the concurrence new Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson authored in the case of Twitter, Inc. v. Taamneh, 143 S. Ct. 1206 (2023)

The danger of sandbagging witness lists and trial exhibits in discovery responses

Posted Saturday, November 11th, 2023 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Litigation Strategy, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

The four standard interrogatories that are relevant to family court are basically questions about witnesses, expert witnesses, and trial exhibits.  Any initial request for production

Using the opposing party’s deposition in court

Posted Friday, November 10th, 2023 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Litigation Strategy, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

There are a number of reasons to take an opposing party’s deposition prior to trial.  Such depositions can limit what the other party can credibly

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