The Folly of Fighting Child Protective Services after a Merits Finding

July 2, 2020

Early in my career, when family court attorneys were still being court appointed to represent indigent parents in abuse and neglect proceedings, I developed a

Things appellate attorneys could teach family law attorneys about trying cases

May 25, 2020

I’ve been lucky to stay busy during the COVID-19 pandemic and one reason I’ve been able to stay busy is a significant appellate practice. Thus,

Demand formal requests before allowing a home inspection in marital dissolution cases

May 19, 2020

A request for entry upon land for the purpose of inspection is a discovery option infrequently used by family court attorneys. Part of the reason

Appellate considerations stemming from res judicata consequences of domestic abuse or contempt findings

March 30, 2020

The doctrine of res judicata prevents the relitigation of issues previously decided between the same parties. The doctrine requires three essential elements: (1) the judgment

Buying the child(ren)’s time

February 21, 2020

There’s a never discussed but occasionally employed litigation strategy of using money to purchase time with (or limit an opposing party’s access to) children. Earlier

Softening up an unrealistic defendant

February 20, 2020

I began trial in a visitation establishment case yesterday. While preparing for trial earlier this week my client (the plaintiff) asked me how I thought

The difficulties of predicting alimony reduction on retirement

December 3, 2019

In 2012 South Carolina passed a statute, S.C. Code § 20-3-170(B), in which one subsection set forth criteria for the family courts to consider when

Marital property as lump sum alimony

December 2, 2019

There are occasionally cases in which a spouse who would typically pay significant permanent periodic alimony as part of a marital dissolution has destroyed his