Court of Appeals reverses finding of common-law marriage

April 20, 2023

In the April 19, 2023, opinion in Sullivan-Carter v. Carter, 439 S.C. 406, 887 S.E.2d 146 (Ct.App. 2023), the Court of Appeals reversed a finding

Court of Appeals reverses finding of common law marriage

August 24, 2022

The August 24, 2022, Court of Appeals opinion in Powell v. Dolin, 437 S.C. 499, 879 S.E.2d 26 (Ct. App. 2022), demonstrates the impact Stone

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. Thompson, 431 S.C. 130, 847 S.E.2d 104 (2020), determined that South Carolina code prohibited

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.