Five items of technology that improve the efficiency of the family law attorney-client relationship

Posted Saturday, August 15th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants

Some family law litigants simply “don’t do technology.” That resistance slows their case and costs them money. There are five items of technology that every

Court of Appeals affirms custody modification and continuance denial

Posted Friday, August 7th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions

This opinion was slightly revised on December 9, 2020: Refiled Sellers Opinion Adds One Footnote And One Clarification The August 5, 2020 Court of Appeals opinion in

The interactions of abuse and neglect placement plans with return of the child

Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Department of Social Services/Child Abuse and Neglect, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Any time a family court finds a parent has abused or neglected his or her child, it will offer that parent a placement plan (sometimes

Common pitfalls in prenuptial agreements

Posted Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Divorce and Marriage, Of Interest to General Public, South Carolina Specific

I hate drafting prenuptial agreements, considering them to be malpractice traps. However there are clear procedural and substantive issues that can increase the likelihood of

South Carolina Court of Appeals issues unprecedented custody reversal

Posted Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Support, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The July 22, 2020, opinion in Alukonis v. Smith, 431 S.C. 41, 846 S.E.2d 600 (Ct.App. 2020), creates new law on numerous issues regarding custody

The time to fix your parenting issues is before the other parent discovers them

Posted Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public

Ernest Hemingway said he went bankrupt “gradually, then suddenly.” That’s the way a lot of custodial parents lose custody. Some of the more frustrating custody

Court of Appeals affirms $250,000 fee and cost award (but remands the issue of payment deadline)

Posted Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney's Fees, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The July 15, 2020 Court of Appeals opinion in Couch v. Couch, 431 S.C. 170, 847 S.E.2d 260 (2020), affirmed a family court order requiring

The Folly of Fighting Child Protective Services after a Merits Finding

Posted Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Department of Social Services/Child Abuse and Neglect, Litigation Strategy, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Early in my career, when family court attorneys were still being court appointed to represent indigent parents in abuse and neglect proceedings, I developed a

Court of Appeals determines homosexual couples could not enter common law marriage prior to the Condon case

Posted Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Divorce and Marriage, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

A July 1, 2020, Court of Appeals opinion in Swicegood v. Thompson, 431 S.C. 130, 847 S.E.2d 104 (2020), determined that South Carolina code prohibited

College related child care is not work-related child care for the purpose of setting child support

Posted Thursday, June 25th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Support, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

There are a number of South Carolina family court opinions that are of narrow relevance but of significant importance when relevant. Such cases tend to

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