DSS safety plans don’t override custody/visitation orders

July 5, 2021

I typically don’t blog about unpublished opinions. Since they cannot be used as precedent, their holdings are unreliable guidance. Still, when the Court of Appeals

Unpublished Supreme Court opinion in Conits demonstrates the effect of de novo standard of review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

Unpublished Court of Appeals opinion does the unprecedented

May 15, 2019

For the 25 years I have been practicing family law no published South Carolina appellate opinion has approved an award of rehabilitative alimony. While I

Unpublished Conits opinion reveals the dangers of lackadaisical litigating

May 7, 2018

After three published opinions in Conits v. Conits, one a refiled Supreme Court opinion, on May 2, 2018 the Court of Appeals issued an unpublished

Someone didn’t get the memo

February 12, 2018

As part of the February 7, 2018 Shearouse advance sheet, the Supreme Court asked the South Carolina General Assembly to approve a change to the

Two recent interesting unpublished family law opinions

August 10, 2017

I rarely blog about unpublished opinions because even when they are interesting, and even when they should have been published, they rarely do anything other

Help T. Ryan Phillips get Baker v. Hardwick published

May 25, 2017

I would love to see the May 24, 2017 Court of Appeals opinion in Baker v. Hardwick get published. Not just because T. Ryan Phillips

A child custody reversal that should have been published (and remanded rather than reversed)

July 22, 2015

Child custody determinations are among the hardest family court matters to get reversed on appeal. Because custody decisions are based upon the weight the trial