In contested custody litigation, there’s no downside to kindness

March 4, 2023

One of the quickest, easiest, and most effective “fixes” I can counsel my clients to do in contested custody litigation is to be kind to

In a dysfunctional parenting relationship, there’s better than even odds that you’re the problem

March 4, 2023

Most of my contested custody litigation, especially those requiring trial, involve parents in a dysfunctional co-parenting relationship.  The inability of these parents to get along

Many reasons to love Our Family Wizard

February 17, 2023

When I first started trying custody cases in 1994, there were no text messages or emails and the World Wide Web was in its infancy. 

Court of Appeals reverses family court’s modification of joint custody

February 14, 2023

The February 10, 2023, Court of Appeals opinion in Grungo-Smith v. Grungo reversed the family court’s modification of the prior joint custody arrangement. In Grungo-Smith,

Praising the other parent in a custody trial

February 11, 2023

The past few years I begun a practice of having my custody clients develop a few solid minutes of testimony praising the other parent.  Such

Supreme Court remands for new custody trial based on stale record

November 23, 2022

On November 23, 2022, the South Carolina Supreme Court partially granted a writ of certiorari, and remanded the case of Rossington v. Rossington for a

Maybe you’re simply a bad parent

November 22, 2022

A sizable portion of my initial consults are with parents frustrated in achieving their custody or visitation goals in the family court.  Often these parents

How to get 50/50 physical custody when you don’t have custody (and why it’s unlikely to happen)

August 26, 2022

A significant number of potential custody clients come to my office with the goal of 50/50 physical custody.  Often these are fathers who are not

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