New Battle for Those on Coronavirus Front Lines: Child Custody

April 8, 2020

Interesting article in yesterday’s New York Times about parents using the other parent's occupation [one involving moderate-to-high risk of exposure to COVID-19] to justify emergency

Is there a ceiling on alimony or child support?

December 6, 2019

An issue more philosophical than legal is whether there should be a ceiling on alimony and (especially) child support awards. On one hand, alimony (and

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

The interaction of the De Facto Custodian statute and the Moore factors

June 13, 2019

There are numerous recurring issues in South Carolina family law that ultimately will need to be resolved by our appellate courts. One of the more

Alimony for the less ambitious spouse

June 7, 2019

On June 6, 2019, I argued an appeal in the Court of Appeals that involved a novel issue that I expect to become increasingly common.

Is South Carolina heading the wrong path potentially expanding fault divorce?

April 9, 2019

In 1969 California became the first state to allow no-fault divorce. In 2010 New York became the last state to allow it. In the interim,

Whose “morality” dictates what is in the best interests of the child?

January 25, 2019

South Carolina case law from as recently as May 2018 holds that the morality of a parent is a proper factor for consideration in custody

The unfairness of the family court asking litigants if they think their agreement is “fair”

October 1, 2018

In the South Carolina family court, a standard part of the practice of questioning parties about their agreements before approving said agreements is whether the