College related child care is not work-related child care for the purpose of setting child support

June 25, 2020

There are a number of South Carolina family court opinions that are of narrow relevance but of significant importance when relevant. Such cases tend to

Court of Appeals reverses equitable estoppel defense to past due child support

January 6, 2020

Continuing a very recent pattern of appellate courts disregarding the family court’s credibility determinations, the December 31, 2019, Court of Appeals opinion in Bauckman v.

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

Court of Appeals affirms an unusual and detailed custody arrangement

May 10, 2019

The May 8, 2019 Court of Appeals opinion in Klein v. Barrett, 427 S.C. 74 828 S.E.2d 773 (Ct. App. 2019), finds the Court of

Stoney 2 (or 4) largely follows the original Stoney opinion

August 29, 2018

The long strange journey of the Stoney appeal took another step on August 29, 2018 when the Court of Appeals issued its remanded opinion in

Should side jobs lead to increased support obligations?

February 20, 2018

One of the many fundamental unfairnesses in South Carolina’s child support system is that a payor’s increased income almost universally leads to an increase in

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

Should student loan payments be a factor in setting child support?

March 23, 2017

It has always struck me as fundamentally unfair that student loan payments–especially interest on those payments–are not deductible from income for income tax purposes. Borrow