Supreme Court affirms that marital dissolution case survives even if a party doesn’t

August 3, 2022

The August 3, 2022, Supreme Court decision in Seels v. Smalls, 437 S.C. 167, 877 S.E.2d 351 (2022), affirmed that a marital dissolution action survives

Equitably dividing personal injury proceeds

July 26, 2022

A recurring issue in South Carolina family court is how to “equitably” divide proceeds from personal injury, tort, or Workers’ Compensation claims.  The injured spouse

Fornicating (even baby-making) does not turn jointly titled property into “marital property”

May 24, 2022

I’ve been getting a number of recent calls from people in long-term sexual relationships seeking assistance in dividing up their property.  Sometimes these folks have

Enterprise versus personal goodwill explained through local barbeque joints

March 10, 2022

The distinction between enterprise goodwill and personal goodwill confuses a number of family law attorneys. But any Charleston area attorney who loves barbeque will probably

Court of Appeals reverses determination that retired Husband’s goodwill from sale of dental practice isn’t subject to equitable distribution

March 10, 2022

The March 9, 2022, Court of Appeals opinion in Bostick v. Bostick, 436 S.C. 43, 872 S.E.2d 859 (Ct.App. 2022), reversed the family court’s determination

An odd place to address pet custody

October 13, 2021

As it currently stands, South Carolina property law does not distinguish pets from livestock–or even inanimate objects. While everyone expects the South Carolina legislature to

Court of Appeals addresses parties’ efforts in its alimony and equitable distribution determination

September 30, 2021

The August 18, 2021, Court of Appeals opinion in Jordan v. Postell, 434 S.C. 510, 864 S.E.2d 558 (Ct. App. 2021), addresses common issues of

South Carolina’s unjust approach to unvested stock options

July 27, 2021

A few days ago a colleague called me to discuss an issue he was mediating, specifically how to apportion unvested stock options. This made me