Court of Appeals determines homosexual couples could not enter common law marriage prior to the Condon case

July 1, 2020

A July 1, 2020, Court of Appeals opinion in Swicegood v. Thomson determined that South Carolina code prohibited homosexual couples from forming the requisite intent

Stone v. Thompson is in the books

November 7, 2019

Updating some of my blogs this morning to include citations to Southeastern Reporter and South Carolina Reports, I realized that the petition for rehearing in

South Carolina Supreme Court finally (and only prospectively) abolishes common-law marriage–and makes it harder to establish retroactive common-law marriages

August 4, 2019

A decade ago, in a blog titled, “Why won’t South Carolina end common-law marriage?,” I expressed my strong dislike of the doctrine by noting, “cases

Supreme Court holds order establishing common-law marriage is immediately appealable

April 4, 2019

The April 3, 2019 Supreme Court opinion in Stone v. Thompson, 426 S.C. 291, 826 S.E.2d 868 (2019), addresses the appealability of final orders from

How to avoid becoming (unwittingly) common-law married

July 16, 2015

I get frequent calls or emails inquiring how long one can live with a romantic companion before one is common-law married. Often these folks believe

Now there’s a third way to become married in South Carolina

July 15, 2015

I would like to thank Professor Roy T. Stuckey for making me aware of the February 18, 2015 Court of Appeals opinion in Thomas v.

Common law marriage is still marriage

June 24, 2015

I am amazed at the number of folks contacting my office who have inadvertently gotten themselves married via common law marriage. I am also amazed

My first common-law marriage

April 16, 2011

Yesterday, for the first time in my 17+ years of practicing family law, I  helped validate a common-law marriage.  Unlike the typical common-law marriage litigated

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