Court of Appeals provides guidance on alimony reduction in an economic downturn

Posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

As I have previously noted in Lump Sum Alimony, it is hard to offer clients guidance as to potential alimony reduction when they incur a

Correct result, questionable rationale on multi-state child custody jurisdiction appeal

Posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Jurisprudence, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

In 2007 South Carolina substituted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) for the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). S.C. Code Ann.

Centralized record keeping and the law

Posted Friday, May 1st, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

It is hard to conceive of any political or organizational unit larger than a village that could sustain itself without a centrally recorded repository of

The dual faces of helicopter parenting

Posted Thursday, April 30th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

I had lunch at my younger daughter’s elementary school today.  I am blessed to live and work within a half mile (10 minute bike ride)

Visitation and the alcoholic parent

Posted Friday, April 24th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public, Visitation

If we accept that alcoholism is a disease (which I do), the cure is simple: don’t consume alcohol. I have happily represented many outstanding recovering

Could the (barely acknowledged) enforcement of social norms in family court custody orders be having a hidden impact on our culture?

Posted Friday, April 24th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

Though I have seen no statistics on the subject, I would estimate that between one-quarter and one-half of all children in America will spend some

What makes a family court judge’s order “judicial”?

Posted Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 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

A court order, including an order from family court, is just as much “law” as the statutes passed by our legislature. Just as with statutes,

Did the Supreme Court limit laches too much in defending back alimony and child support claims?

Posted Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Child Support, Jurisprudence, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

Two recent South Carolina Supreme Court opinions: Ables v. Gladden, 378 S.C. 558, 664 S.E.2d 442 (2008) and Strickland v. Strickland, 375 S.C. 76, 650

Does the term “custody” cause more problems than it solves?

Posted Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 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

I am frequently asked by clients or potential clients to explain all the nomenclature that surrounds custody orders: “shared,” “sole,” “joint,” “legal,” “physical,” “primary.” In my view these terms are ill-defined or

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