The appellate courts “may find bifurcation in family court is generally ill-advised”; I don’t

April 21, 2023

This week, for the second time in four years, the South Carolina appellate courts published an opinion noting it is generally “ill-advised” for the family

Family law is the trailing indicator of cultural change

January 28, 2023

Yesterday I lectured for the South Carolina Bar’s annual guardian ad litem training on the topic “Post-COVID Child Custody and Visitation Case Law Update (2020-2022).” 

Closely divided South Carolina Supreme Court determines state constitution protects right to abortion

January 23, 2023

In 1971, South Carolina adopted article I, section 10 as part of the state constitution. That section reads, “The right of the people to be

You willing to go to jail over that?

April 14, 2022

It amazes me how unseriously many folks subject to South Carolina child custody orders take the requirement of those orders. Per S.C. Code Ann. §

South Carolina’s De Facto Custodian statute is valuable; its Grandparent Visitation statute remains a menace

February 1, 2022

Because South Carolina’s De Facto Custodian statute and Grandparent Visitation statute both allow the family court to award visitation to non-parents, they are often viewed

De Facto Custodian rights are more valuable than Grandparent Rights

November 24, 2021

Given the phone calls I receive from prospective clients, it appears that many more folks are aware of the concept of grandparent rights than they

Court of Appeals refuses to reduce Husband’s alimony obligation despite Wife’s greatly increased earnings

September 12, 2021

The August 18, 2021, Court of Appeals opinion in Weller v. Weller, 434 S.C. 530, 863 S.E.2d 835 (Ct. App. 2021), finds that court affirming

South Carolina Supreme Court poised to address arbitration of children’s issues

May 7, 2021

In 2019, the South Carolina Court of Appeals issued two published opinions holding that child-related family law issues (custody/visitation/child support) could not be arbitrated and