Are we headed to an encyclopedia of child custody restraints (and is that something we actually want)?

January 29, 2024

This is another blog inspired by last Friday’s guardian ad litem training.  As I enter my fourth decade of practice and acknowledge that my legal

Make the parents bounce

January 29, 2024

South Carolina’s annual guardian ad litem training, which took place last Friday, always inspires at least a few blogs. It did again this year. During

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