Tiger Woods’ dad

Posted Friday, August 28th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

Obviously events have overtaken the content of this blog.  I sometimes feel like this blog jinxed Tiger.  The greater point that involving our children in

Does procedural due process mandate testimony at family court temporary hearings in South Carolina?

Posted Thursday, August 27th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Family Court Procedure, Jurisprudence, Litigation Strategy, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Our Supreme Court is confused and conflicted on testimony at family court temporary hearings.  Rule 21(b), SCRFC (a rule promulgated by the Supreme Court) states, “ [e]vidence

Can the logic justifying property division and alimony in South Carolina be reconciled (or if x=y, why doesn’t -x=-y)?

Posted Thursday, August 27th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Divorce and Marriage, Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Jurisprudence, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

South Carolina is not a community property state (in community property states all marital property is divided equally).  However, in practice, with long-term marriages the

A new day in child support agreements

Posted Monday, August 24th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Support, Jurisprudence, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

N.B. The holding of Floyd v. Morgan that it took a higher burden of proof to modify support agreement was subsequently overruled in the case of  Lewis v. Lewis,

The lessons we learn

Posted Monday, August 24th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Divorce and Marriage, Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

I received a call from a prospective client recently.  While every situation has its unique aspects, the details were depressingly familiar.  Married after a short

Court of Appeals offers much guidance on relevant factors in alimony reduction cases

Posted Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The August 19, 2009 Court of Appeals decision in Butler v. Butler, 385 S.C. 328, 684 S.E.2d 191 (Ct.App. 2009) offers the family court bar much guidance in

216 months

Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Law and Culture, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

It is 216 months from the time a child is born until the time the child turns eighteen.  Under South Carolina law the family court

Small small victory

Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney's Fees, Child Custody, Child Support, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

An appeal I handled for a local colleague, Douglas Barker, resulted in a published opinion today (July 29, 2009) from the Court of Appeals in

Mediation training and certification

Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

I just completed the five-day, 40-hour Family Court Mediation Training offered by the South Carolina bar and led by Mary Lowndes Bryan and C. Cotton

The pitfalls of cursory standard interrogatory responses

Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Litigation Strategy, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions

The Court of Appeals’ decision to affirm the family court’s award of custody to the father in its July 28, 2009 opinion in Divine v.

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