Tomlinson continues the appellate disfavor of joint custody

November 13, 2019

The November 13, 2019, Court of Appeals opinion in Tomlinson v. Melton, 428 S.C. 607, 837 S.E.2d 230 (Ct.App. 2019), continues the appellate court’s disfavor

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

The unusual distribution of bi-weekly overnights in most custody trials (or why one’s unlikely to get 50/50 custody except by agreement)

August 6, 2018

When I first started trying custody cases a quarter century ago, the family court was pretty uniform, and uncreative, in its awards of visitation to

Court of Appeals approves joint custody order (and the post-trial reformation of an equitable distribution agreement)

May 2, 2018

The May 2, 2018 Court of Appeals opinion of Clark v. Clark, 423 S.C. 596, 815 S.E.2d 772 (Ct. App. 2018), is one of the rare

Lewis affirms child custody but remands child support based on improper imputation of husbands’s income

November 14, 2012

The November 14, 2012 Court of Appeals opinion in Lewis v. Lewis, 400 S.C. 354, 734 S.E.2d 322 (Ct. App. 2012), provides some guidance on imputing income

Who does South Carolina House Bill 4614 really benefit?

June 21, 2012

Yesterday two different family law attorneys emailed me seeking my thoughts about the recently-enacted South Carolina House Bill 4614. Since most of the family court

Seeking paternity testing and joint custody

September 15, 2010

While nothing in the law prohibits it explicitly, I’ve never understood how attorneys can counsel their male clients to demand DNA paternity testing, especially for

Joint Custody: It’s how you ask

June 8, 2010

A lesson instilled as a child by my parents and teachers is that “it’s not just what you ask for; it’s how you ask for