Fault and alimony in South Carolina

June 14, 2020

Since 1990, when South Carolina adopted its current alimony statute, there have been surprisingly few published appellate decisions on how fault affects alimony. The statute

Is there a ceiling on alimony or child support?

December 6, 2019

An issue more philosophical than legal is whether there should be a ceiling on alimony and (especially) child support awards. On one hand, alimony (and

Marital property as lump sum alimony

December 2, 2019

There are occasionally cases in which a spouse who would typically pay significant permanent periodic alimony as part of a marital dissolution has destroyed his

Wives can pay alimony too

September 13, 2019

When I first began practicing family law twenty-five years ago it was almost unheard of for South Carolina wives to be ordered to pay alimony.

Hagood opinion establishes important points on transmutation and alimony

July 21, 2019

The July 17, 2019 Court of Appeals opinion in Hagood v. Hagood, 427 S.C. 642, 832 S.E.2d 609 (Ct. App, 2019), establishes important points on

Alimony for the less ambitious spouse

June 7, 2019

On June 6, 2019, I argued an appeal in the Court of Appeals that involved a novel issue that I expect to become increasingly common.

Unpublished Court of Appeals opinion does the unprecedented

May 15, 2019

For the 25 years I have been practicing family law no published South Carolina appellate opinion has approved an award of rehabilitative alimony. While I

Supreme Court acknowledges investment income is a factor in awarding alimony but affirms alimony award in which family court declined to set a specific figure for such income

March 20, 2019

The March 20, 2019, South Carolina Supreme Court opinion in Sweeney v. Sweeney, 420 S.C. 69, 800 S.E.2d 148 (2019), “establishes” something I had assumed

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