Court of Appeals grants new trial on DSS sexual abuse case based on improperly limited cross-examinations

January 17, 2023

The January 4, 2023, Court of Appeals opinion in SCDSS v. Scott, 438 S.C. 400, 883 S.E.2d 229 (Ct. App. 2023), granted a new trial

Jurisdiction shopping while pregnant

November 3, 2019

I recently handled a marital dissolution case in which my client had hightailed it while pregnant to another state. Her husband’s motion for temporary relief

Is the lack of a set notice requirement in the UCCJEA a feature or a bug?

December 13, 2016

In 2008 South Carolina went from the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). The updated

Litigating child custody does not, by itself, create personal jurisdiction for child support

November 23, 2014

Due to an increasingly mobile society, child custody litigation often moves to different states over a child’s minority. When both parents and the child no

Demanding UCCJEA submissions before filing motions to dismiss child custody cases

August 29, 2013

Multi-state child custody actions often get filed where it is unclear if, and how, the state where the action is filed has subject matter jurisdiction

Court of Appeals holds that multi-state child custody jurisdiction statutes are applicable to termination of parental rights/adoption cases

March 16, 2012

In the March 16, 2012 opinion in Anthony H. v. Matthew G.,397 S.C. 447, 725 S.E.2d 132 (Ct. App. 2012) the Court of Appeals held

What portions of foreign domestic relations orders are enforceable in South Carolina Family Court?

April 14, 2011

When an opposing party lives or has assets in South Carolina, it can often be more effective to enforce a foreign state’s domestic relations order

Common misconceptions about multi-state custody jurisdiction

January 2, 2011

At least a few times each month I receive a phone call or email from someone involved in a multi-state child custody case.  Since I