Why teenagers lie to parents in high-conflict custody cases

May 22, 2020

In a number of my high-conflict custody cases, clients will complain about their teenagers suddenly being secretive, evasive, and, sometimes, downright dishonest about what they

Red lines and teenagers

April 24, 2016

Non-custodial parents of teenagers often complain when the custodial parent doesn’t stop their child from engaging in typical risky teen behavior. One hears stories of

Will your adult children dread visiting you?

March 28, 2013

I attended a hearing yesterday in which two seemingly caring parents of teenagers were, perhaps unwittingly, doing their best to destroy the other’s relationship with

How many parents can (should) a child have?

July 14, 2012

My family spent last evening with South Carolina adoption guru James Fletcher Thompson.  James regaled us with stories of the latest trends in assisted reproduction

Stupid (overly broad and vague) parental restraining orders

February 17, 2012

My one-man war against overly broad restraining orders continued this week, as I observe an accelerating trend towards guardians, litigants and judges wanting to micro-manage

A cuckoo approach to progeny

November 11, 2011

From a purely pragmatic viewpoint a “successful” life for a sexually reproducing creature is merely having more than two offspring survive to reproductive age.  From

Trusting our children

June 4, 2011

My oldest daughter graduated from high school earlier this week.  The original plan was to buy her a multi-gear bicycle for use at the college

Shouldn’t having custody of a child terminate child support per se?

May 13, 2011

Under S.C. Code § 63-3-530 (17) “orders for child support run until the child is eighteen years of age or until the child is married