Don’t Sabotage Yourself with Social Media

Social media can be a great way to keep in touch with friends and relatives all over the world.  It can also be a great big noose from which you hang yourself.  Keep reading to learn how to avoid the digital hangman. Impulse Control We have all felt the impulse to post a snarky status […]

Lawyers and Therapists: The Perfect Symbiotic Relationship

sym·bi·o·sis ˌsimbīˈōsəs,ˌsimbēˈōsəs/ noun BIOLOGY interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both. a mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups.   Studies indicate that lawyers are more like engineers rather than teachers or nurses. With a background in science, I am certainly no exception. I first […]

Co-parent communication in an Emergency

Co-parent communication in an emergency is the last thing anyone going through a divorce wants to face.  However, life happens and emergency situations occasionally arise. When they do, how well you communicate is critical. Here are some helpful guidelines to keep in mind when coping with a co-parenting emergency. Remember how to A.C.T A.C.T. Is […]

The Mediation Process in South Carolina

Receive a mediation order? Now what? The Mediation Process in South Carolina  Have you been ordered to mediation by the South Carolina Family Court? Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) utilized by courts in family law disputes, particularly divorce and custody cases. Mediation offers individuals an opportunity to save themselves the expense […]

Guardianships and Conservatorships for Aging Parents

Conservatorship and Guardians in Probate Court  If your parent becomes mentally incapacitated – either due to a medical incident such as a stroke, or progressive decline such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, it may be time to seek a conservatorship or the appointment of a guardian.   A legal guardian will help manage a person’s safety and […]

Three’s a crowd in Divorce

Divorce involves your immediate family; it’s very common for your friends and other family members to feel like they need to choose sides, fight in your corner, and possibly even try and throw a few punches on your behalf.  While this may feel “supportive,” it’s actually very problematic for divorce proceedings. Mark Baer with the […]

10 Common Clichés Divorcees Use When Trying to Get Through Divorce

Let’s face it.  Your marriage wasn’t perfect.  Your divorce will not be either.  There are items to divide, emotions to deal with, and paperwork to sign.  Divorce isn’t pleasant, and sometimes the best way to deal with it is complete honesty.   A Huffington Post article by Randall Kessler broke down the 10 most common […]

The Keepers – Changing how we think about Primary Custodial Parents

In divorce, there is sometimes (not always) a vast disparity of responsibilities between the primary custodial parent and the secondary custodial parent. It may even appear the court holds the primary parent to a higher standard than the other parent. It is true, more is often expected of the primary parent. As the primary parent, […]

Our Favorite Lady of Justice and The Fearless Determination You Deserve 

I stumbled upon my favorite depiction of our Lady of Justice late one night, while battling the anxieties of my chosen profession. Lady Justice is portrayed as a confident, determined, and fearless young woman. She is vibrant, her eyes are focused (without a blindfold), she is strong, yet she is beautiful and feminine. In her left […]

Helping Pro se Litigants Better Represent Themselves in Family Court

Last Saturday, Gregory Forman and I taught a seminar, hosted by Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services, aimed at helping Pro se litigants better represent themselves in the Family Court.  One of my inspirations for volunteering to help organize and speak at this seminar was a former client.  She came to me after representing herself in a […]