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

Some guidance from the South Carolina Governor on visitation in the COVID-19 era

Posted Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public, South Carolina Specific, Visitation

A few weeks ago I blogged about visitation denial in the COVID-19 era, as many of my clients had questions on whether they could deny

South Carolina court system partially reopens for business

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Late Friday (April 3, 2020), the South Carolina Supreme Court issued an order that will partially reopen the court system for business while continuing to

Appellate considerations stemming from res judicata consequences of domestic abuse or contempt findings

Posted Monday, March 30th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Litigation Strategy, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

The doctrine of res judicata prevents the relitigation of issues previously decided between the same parties. The doctrine requires three essential elements: (1) the judgment

Availability for family court mediations

Posted Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Given Chief Justice Beatty's order allowing mediation via videoconferencing, I can mediate family court disputes throughout South Carolina through zoom. Until the courts reopen I

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

Family court “emergencies” in the COVID-19 era

Posted Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Contempt/Enforcement of Orders, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

In a pair of March 18, 2020 orders, South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty cancelled all family court terms of court through

Visitation denial in the COVID-19 era

Posted Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Contempt/Enforcement of Orders, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public, Visitation

COVID-19 is the first airborne global pandemic to take place since the development of specialized family courts in the United States. Never before has mandated

“Force majeure” as a defense to family court contempt

Posted Thursday, March 19th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Support, Contempt/Enforcement of Orders, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

Given the impact on the new coronavirus on South Carolina businesses, I’ve had more than one client ask me about paying court-ordered support obligations at

Buying the child(ren)’s time

Posted Friday, February 21st, 2020 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

There’s a never discussed but occasionally employed litigation strategy of using money to purchase time with (or limit an opposing party’s access to) children. Earlier

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