Court of Appeals essentially affirms family court on child support and attorney’s fees

September 19, 2023

I’ve delayed blogging on the August 30, 2023, Court of Appeals opinion in Brantley v. Brantley 441 S.C. 284, 893 S.E.2d 349 (Ct.App. 2023), until

Court of Appeals rejects father’s numerous challenges to custody and support modification decision

August 26, 2020

The August 26, 2020 Court of Appeals case of Whitesell v. Whitesell, 431 S.C. 575, 848 S.E.2d 588 (Ct.App. 2020), finds the Appellant making numerous

Court of Appeals refuses to apply lump sum social security disability auxiliary benefits to pre disability child support arrearage

January 17, 2018

In the January 17, 2018, opinion in Scott v. Scott, 422 S.C. 154, 810 S.E.2d 439 (Ct. App. 2018), the Court of Appeals refused to apply

Changes in the non-custodial parent’s income have a much bigger impact on child support than changes in the custodial parent’s income

March 20, 2017

Child support can be modified based upon a substantial change of circumstances. Common circumstances that justify a child support modification are when work-related child care

When seeking to modify child support, it’s imperative to file and serve a complaint

August 22, 2013

In most areas of family law practice negotiating before filing a contested action can reduce the stress and expense of litigation.  However, when one is

Hawkins affirms denial of child support reduction to downsized, underemployed father

April 21, 2013

The April 17, 2013 Court of Appeals opinion in Hawkins v. Hawkins, 403 S.C. 228, 742 S.E.2d 677 (Ct. App. 2013) demonstrates the continued reluctance of the family

SCDSS v. Polite pits pro se against the bureaucracy in a philosophical argument about the nature of justice

January 22, 2011

An aphorism first year law students are told is “bad facts make bad law.”  The January 19, 2011 Court of Appeals opinion in SCDSS v.

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