In Thornton, Court of Appeals mostly affirms decisions on equitable distribution and fees

October 24, 2019

The October 23, 2019, Court of Appeals opinion in Thornton v. Thornton, 428 S.C. 460, 836 S.E.2d 351 (Ct. App. 2019), mostly affirms the family

A too broad and too narrow definition of cheating

December 18, 2017

A few months ago, an attorney friend asking me if I’d ever “cheated” on my wife. Being a legalistic sort, I asked back, “what do

Waiving alimony by committing adultery affects more than just alimony

November 26, 2015

South Carolina’s alimony bar to spouses who have committed uncondoned adultery (S.C. Code Ann. § 20-3-130(A)) is unique in United States alimony law. It reflects

The dangers of dating before divorce (or before a final order of separate maintenance)

February 12, 2015

People coming out of an unhappy marriage are often eager to begin dating. Yet there are risks in dating before one is divorced.  My preference

Court of Appeals finds adultery by both spouses and changes ground for divorce

May 15, 2014

N.B., on August 1, 2014 the Court of Appeals refiled its opinion and simply affirmed the family court’s no-fault ground for divorce: Court of Appeals reconsiders

Better to be an adulterer than an adulterer and a liar

March 7, 2014

A mentee recently asked me if one should admit an allegation of adultery in a responsive pleading when the adultery is obvious.  While I think

Sue the cuckolder elsewhere

August 7, 2013

Cheated-upon spouses occasionally inquire whether they can sue the other man (or woman) for breaking up their marriage.  In South Carolina the answer is no:

Seeking protective orders for private investigator information

July 19, 2013

Since adultery is often a bar to alimony in South Carolina, family law attorneys here frequently employ private investigators (PIs).  However, even when such PIs