You willing to go to jail over that?

Posted Thursday, April 14th, 2022 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

It amazes me how unseriously many folks subject to South Carolina child custody orders take the requirement of those orders. Per S.C. Code Ann. §

South Carolina’s De Facto Custodian statute is valuable; its Grandparent Visitation statute remains a menace

Posted Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Jurisprudence, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public

Because South Carolina’s De Facto Custodian statute and Grandparent Visitation statute both allow the family court to award visitation to non-parents, they are often viewed

De Facto Custodian rights are more valuable than Grandparent Rights

Posted Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Jurisprudence, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, South Carolina Specific, Visitation

Given the phone calls I receive from prospective clients, it appears that many more folks are aware of the concept of grandparent rights than they

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 refuses to reduce Husband’s alimony obligation despite Wife’s greatly increased earnings

Posted Sunday, September 12th, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Jurisprudence, 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 Weller v. Weller, 434 S.C. 530, 863 S.E.2d 835 (Ct. App. 2021), finds that court affirming

Does the ten-day notice requirement in South Carolina Family Court Rule 14(d) violate procedural due process?

Posted Thursday, July 8th, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Contempt/Enforcement of Orders, Family Court Procedure, Jurisprudence, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

I have little doubt that, if raised in the proper case, the ten-day notice requirement in South Carolina Family Court Rule 14(d) will be held

South Carolina Supreme Court poised to address arbitration of children’s issues

Posted Friday, May 7th, 2021 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Jurisprudence, Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

In 2019, the South Carolina Court of Appeals issued two published opinions holding that child-related family law issues (custody/visitation/child support) could not be arbitrated and

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

New Battle for Those on Coronavirus Front Lines: Child Custody

Posted Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Jurisprudence, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public, Visitation

Interesting article in yesterday’s New York Times about parents using the other parent's occupation [one involving moderate-to-high risk of exposure to COVID-19] to justify emergency

The COVID-19 crisis is revealing the selfishness of the anti-vaxxer movement

Posted Monday, March 23rd, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Jurisprudence, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

I’ve never had much tolerance for most of the anti-vaccination parents I encounter practicing child custody law. Not only are their views on vaccinations anti-science

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