You don’t have to suffer through multiple standby docketings

June 1, 2023

I’m not a big fan of being on standby dockets.  Not only is there the necessity of having to prepare for a trial that may

The family court’s failure to protect guardians ad litem does not appear to be improving

January 31, 2023

Over a decade ago I stopped doing guardian ad Litem work and blogged about why.  I was tired of ad hominem attacks from unhappy litigants—and

Whose signatures are needed for family court consent orders?

November 3, 2022

In the pre-COVID days, one could typically get temporary orders approved with just the attorneys’ signatures and could almost always get procedural orders approved with

The vital distinction between dismissal with prejudice and dismissal without prejudice

April 2, 2022

In family court there is a vital distinction between dismissal with prejudice and dismissal without prejudice. “A dismissal of a case without prejudice means that

Why not have multiple final orders?

March 31, 2022

When a case concludes, family law attorneys typically draft one final order addressing all issues in the case. It is certainly the easiest method of

Court of Appeals reverses determination that retired Husband’s goodwill from sale of dental practice isn’t subject to equitable distribution

March 10, 2022

The March 9, 2022, Court of Appeals opinion in Bostick v. Bostick, 436 S.C. 43, 872 S.E.2d 859 (Ct.App. 2022), reversed the family court’s determination

Surprising few, Supreme Court holds that child issues cannot be arbitrated

September 10, 2021

In Fall 2019, the South Carolina Court of Appeals issued two separate opinions holding that child issues could not be arbitrated: Kosciusko v. Parham, 428

Court of Appeals opinion unwittingly exposes serious flaws in South Carolina’s Family Court Rules

July 26, 2021

The July 7, 2021, Court of Appeals opinion in Taylor v. Taylor, 863 S.E.2d 335, 434 S.C. 307 (Ct. App. 2021), unwittingly exposes serious flaws