Hagood opinion establishes important points on transmutation and alimony

July 21, 2019

The July 17, 2019 Court of Appeals opinion in Hagood v. Hagood, 427 S.C. 642, 832 S.E.2d 609 (Ct. App, 2019), establishes important points on

Smith case addresses alimony and transmutation issues

September 30, 2018

While there is nothing surprising in the September 19, 2018 Court of Appeals opinion in Smith v. Smith, 425 S.C. 119, 819 S.E.2d 769 (Ct.

Now there’s a third way to become married in South Carolina

July 15, 2015

I would like to thank Professor Roy T. Stuckey for making me aware of the February 18, 2015 Court of Appeals opinion in Thomas v.

Cultural misconceptions regarding annulment

August 7, 2012

An annulment, in contrast to a divorce, treats a marriage as though it never happened.  Folks often contact me seeking an annulment but, in close

In opinion with numerous oddities, Supreme Court approves active/passive approach to valuing marital property

November 1, 2011

In the October 31, 2011 opinion in Burch v. Burch, 395 S.C. 318, 717 S.E.2d 757 (2011), the South Carolina Supreme Court finally ratifies the passive

Should separation be required for a separate maintenance action?

August 21, 2011

In April 2011, the South Carolina Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Eileen Frances Theresa Busto Theisen v. Clifford Richard Theisen.  According

Should having sex, or even spending nights, with one’s spouse prevent a one-year’s continuous separation divorce?

September 16, 2010

South Carolina law allows spouses to obtain a divorce when they “have lived separate and apart without cohabitation for a period of one year.” S.C.

Court ordered sibling visitation in South Carolina

September 12, 2010

One of the more recent additions to the South Carolina jurisdictional code regarding children and family court, § 63-3-530, is subsection 44, which allows the