Litigating child custody does not, by itself, create personal jurisdiction for child support

November 23, 2014

Due to an increasingly mobile society, child custody litigation often moves to different states over a child’s minority. When both parents and the child no

Shared custody parents should date locally

September 8, 2012

One of the more heart wrenching consults I commonly encounter is when a primary caretaker mother who agreed to shared physical custody has fallen in

Court of Appeals reverses custody modification based on family court’s inadequate factual findings

May 30, 2012

In the May 30, 2012 opinion in Tillman v. Oakes, 398 S.C. 245, 728 S.E.2d 45 (Ct. App. 2012), the South Carolina Court of Appeals reversed

Should child custody be revisited every few years?

May 21, 2012

There was a thoughtful Op-Ed piece in the May 20, 2012 New York Times titled “In Whose Best Interests?” by Ruth Bettelheim, a marriage and family

Common misconceptions about multi-state custody jurisdiction

January 2, 2011

At least a few times each month I receive a phone call or email from someone involved in a multi-state child custody case.  Since I

When to file a contested marital dissolution action before negotiating and when not to request a temporary hearing when filing a contested family court case

July 4, 2010

It is my experience that most family law attorneys in South Carolina reflexively file a motion for temporary relief when filing a contested family court

New Frequently Asked Questions

May 18, 2010

The ability to easily add pages to my web site combined with the increasing understanding that many clients and potential clients ask me similar questions

Easy clients/hard clients

May 6, 2010

A spouse or parent walks into an attorney’s office with a “relationship” problem: he isn’t getting along with his wife and wants out of the