Closely divided South Carolina Supreme Court determines state constitution protects right to abortion

January 23, 2023

In 1971, South Carolina adopted article I, section 10 as part of the state constitution. That section reads, “The right of the people to be

Supreme Court remands for new custody trial based on stale record

November 23, 2022

On November 23, 2022, the South Carolina Supreme Court partially granted a writ of certiorari, and remanded the case of Rossington v. Rossington, 438 S.C.

Supreme Court declines invitation to define “supported spouse” in South Carolina’s alimony statute

October 27, 2022

I won’t blog about my own appeals until remittitur issues as I don’t want to be seen as trying to influence the appellate courts (not

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

Supreme Court reverses denial of grandfather adoption: finds adoption more stable than custody

January 5, 2022

The January 5, 2022, Supreme Court opinion in Swain v. Bollinger, 435 S.C. 280, 866 S.E.2d 923 (2022), reversed a family court and Court of

Supreme Court reverses Court of Appeals determination that same-sex, common-law marriage could not exist prior to 2014

November 11, 2021

The November 10, 2021, Supreme Court opinion in Swicegood v. Thompson, 435 S.C. 63, 865 S.E.2d 775 (2021), remedies the obvious error in the Court

In apparently close decision, Supreme Court reinstates termination of parental rights/adoption

September 26, 2021

On September 22, 2021, a unanimous South Carolina Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals and reinstated a family court’s granting of a termination of

Surprising few, Supreme Court holds that child issues cannot be arbitrated

September 10, 2021

In Fall 2019, the South Carolina Court of Appeals issued two separate opinions holding that child issues could not be arbitrated: Kosciusko v. Parham, 428