Selecting a mediator: what are your goals?

October 15, 2019

Unlike a guardian ad litem–whose work product and testimony may impact a judge’s decision at trial–the only thing the court will hear from the mediator

May approves reformation of a court-approved equitable distribution agreement based upon an alleged mutual mistake

August 4, 2019

The July 24, 2019 Court of Appeals opinion in May v. May, 428 S.C. 131, 833 S.E.2d 78 (Ct. App. 2019), upheld the family court’s

How pro se litigants can best prepare for family law mediations

April 20, 2019

Most pro se family court litigants are pro se either because they cannot afford attorneys or do not want the contentious litigation that they assume

Mediator or messenger

June 18, 2018

During the past few weeks two attorneys I greatly respect have conducted mediations for my clients. One mediator settled every single case, often in circumstances

Not all cases need to settle

November 16, 2016

A few weeks ago one of my cases was mediated by a retired family court judge. It began with the her talking privately to me

An aggressive mediator is a hammer but not every case is a nail

December 12, 2015

The model of mediation we were all taught in the family court mediation training has the parties sitting together with the mediator in one room,

South Carolina Supreme Court promulgates new rule for appointing mediators in family court

April 29, 2015

An August 27, 2014 South Carolina Supreme Court order requires dismissal of family court actions if they are not resolved or set for trial within

The drawback of preventing non-parties from attending mediations

March 23, 2015

ADR Rule 5(d) states that “ADR [Alternative Dispute Resolution] conferences are private. Other persons may attend only with the permission of the parties, their attorneys