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Tag Archives: Family Court

Still married after a long separation?

This is not a call for divorce. This a call to consider putting a legal end to something individuals have attempted to put to a false practical end. Through my 20 years of practice I have encountered countless clients who have been separated from a spouse for significant periods of time, both spouses have moved […]

Name Change

Name change Adults and minors can request permission to change their names through Family Court. The process for adults is more direct and less cumbersome than process for a minor. An adult name change generally requires formal investigation and reporting to the Family Court that the name change is not being sought for an improper […]

Hire a lawyer

Hire a lawyer. If you handle your legal matter without the assistance of a lawyer you may suffer costly irreversible mistakes. The internet and legal forms software provide individuals the ammunition destroy their legal position. A few examples: simple mistakes regarding endorsements of wills and contracts; failure to address major issues in divorce cases; failure […]

Financial Declarations in Family Court: Trap or Trump Card. You decide.

  Litigants and litigators regularly consider the financial declaration as a mere afterthought in preparation for temporary hearings or trial. The financial declaration is a required filing by parties in Family Court cases. Rule 20(b), SCFCR, requires the declaration be “filed and served prior to or at the first hearing, or no later than 45 […]

SOUTH CAROLINA FAMILY COURT TEMPORARY HEARING: OUTLINE OF PROCEDURE, GOALS, PREPARATION, AND ATTENDANCE

South Carolina Family Court Temporary Hearing:  Outline of procedure, goals, preparation, and attendance Speed is important.  The Supreme Court of South Carolina directed Family Court Judges, parties, and attorneys to expeditiously move cases to conclusion within 365 days of filing.  From a public policy perspective, families need their disputes resolved.  This directive is contained in […]

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Winning on the Rules, not the Facts

Winning on the Rules, not the Facts Chief Justice Toal issued an Order on November 21, 2012, changing significantly the procedure for Temporary Hearings in South Carolina Family Courts. We are approaching the one year anniversary of this Order. I have prevailed on numerous occasions in court, in part, because of counsel’s failure to comply […]