South Carolina Supreme Court poised to address arbitration of children’s issues

May 7, 2021

In 2019, the South Carolina Court of Appeals issued two published opinions holding that child-related family law issues (custody/visitation/child support) could not be arbitrated and

South Carolina Supreme Court uses James Brown’s estate case to clarify validity of subsequent marriage when prior marriage was void

June 24, 2020

The June 17, 2020 South Carolina Supreme Court case of In Re Estate of Brown, 430 S.C. 474, 846 S.E.2d 342 (2020), appears to finally

Closely divided Supreme Court approves marketability and lack of control discount to family-owed business

May 15, 2020

In a May 13, 2020 opinion in Clark v. Clark, 430 S.C. 167, 843 S.E.2d 498 (2020), a closely divided South Carolina Supreme Court approves

Supreme Court holds Rule 60(a), SCRCP, motion is proper procedure to correct potential scrivener’s error in court-approved equitable distribution agreement

May 14, 2020

The May 13, 2020, Supreme Court opinion in Landry v. Landry, 430 S.C. 153, 843 S.E.2d 491 (2020), addresses the proper procedure to correct a

Unpublished Supreme Court opinion in Conits demonstrates the effect of de novo standard of review

November 20, 2019

Last week I blogged about how the Supreme Court’s decisions in Lewis and Stoney–mandating a de novo standard of appellate review of family court factual

South Carolina Supreme Court holds family court improperly denied foster parents’ requests to intervene in removal cases

November 6, 2019

In the November 6, 2019, case of Cooper v. SCDSS, 428 S.C. 402, 835 S.E.2d 516 (2019), the South Carolina Supreme Court found that the

South Carolina Supreme Court uses grandparent visitation case to reveal its true feelings about duplicitous parents

November 2, 2019

The October 30, 2019, South Carolina Supreme Court opinion in Bazen v. Bazen, 428 S.C. 511, 837 S.E.2d 23 (2019), would be interesting if it

South Carolina Supreme Court finally (and only prospectively) abolishes common-law marriage–and makes it harder to establish retroactive common-law marriages

August 4, 2019

A decade ago, in a blog titled, “Why won’t South Carolina end common-law marriage?,” I expressed my strong dislike of the doctrine by noting, “cases