Pet custody

Posted Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Jurisprudence, Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

Local family law attorney Tosha Jean Kotz has an excellent article, “Dogs & Divorce,” in the most recent SC Lawyer magazine. The article briefly discusses

Even in South Carolina, corporal punishment is becoming highly problematic

Posted Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

When I first started practicing family law in South Carolina a quarter century ago, “Spare the Rod; Spoil the Child” was a biblically sanctioned cultural

If you like it, put a ring on it

Posted Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Divorce and Marriage, Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

Within popular culture, the viewpoint on marriage is that it’s something women intensely desire and something men have to be dragged into reluctantly. In this

Should the law differentiate mutual combat from domestic abuse

Posted Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public, Protection from Domestic Abuse

I recently attended the South Carolina Bar’s annual guardian ad litem training. One of the presenters discussed “Domestic Violence and its Impact on Children.” Her

Was there wisdom in the “tender years” doctrine

Posted Monday, August 14th, 2017 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Jurisdiction, Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

There is no doubt that the “tender years” doctrine–which favored granting mothers custody of young children–would not pass constitutional muster in the 21st century. Such

Where’s the public good in “Pro bono publico”?

Posted Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Law and Culture, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public

At some point the Latin phrase for the concept that lawyers should provide volunteer services was shortened from “pro bono publico” to simply “pro bono.”

The smartest client I ever had

Posted Friday, April 7th, 2017 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

I went to a top tier liberal arts college to obtain my undergraduate degree. Many of my classes there involved reading and discussion on the

Betting on an estranged spouse’s untimely demise

Posted Saturday, November 26th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Law and Culture, Litigation Strategy, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

In the first twenty years of my practice it was rare that a party died in the middle of divorce litigation or within a few

The more things change…. (ode to the Fish House Punch)

Posted Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

1732 Philadelphia: A gentlemen’s boating club on the Schuylkill River is planning its annual Christmas party. For the first time in its history ladies will

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

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