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 […]

Seminar: How to Represent Yourself in Family Court

I am presenting at a Seminar focused on “How to Represent Yourself in Family Court” along with Gregory Foreman, P.C., on behalf of Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Charleston County Public Library (68 Calhoun Street). We will be focusing on explaining family court procedure to […]

Recent Ruling on Privacy Laws Upholds No Right to Location Privacy

Privacy Laws and “Location Privacy” In May 2016, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on a case involving “cell site”  and location privacy information on the location of a criminal suspect’s mobile phone. The court ruled, 12-3, that police do not need to get a warrant in order to get mobile phone location […]

Divorce Mediation: The Third Party Issue | Charleston Divorce Attorney

The Third Party Issue In my blog post Divorce & Mediation: What’s the Best Option for You? I discussed the reasons many people choose mediation over litigation when initiating a divorce. Finding a good Charleston divorce attorney and participating in mediation is a less costly, less time intensive way to get through a divorce.  It often […]

Family Court Charleston: Divorce and Mediation, What’s the Best Option?

Family Court Charleston A divorce occurs once every 13 seconds in the U.S. – that’s over 2.4 million divorces per year. A divorce focuses on family court including the legal, contractual aspects of a marriage. These issues most typically include the division of property and retirement accounts, alimony, child custody and child support, and tax […]

Parenting Agreements & Holiday Visitation

  Parenting Agreements Parenting agreements i.e. custody agreements, timeshares (or visitation schedule), decision making authority for schooling, medical care, & extracurricular activities as well as religious upbringing- remain a major issue in divorce today. Parenting Agreements in SC In South Carolina, there is a legal presumption that shared parenting (equal division of rights and responsibilities) […]

PRACTICAL Tool for Guardianship

Guardianship Guardianship is designed to protect the best interests of a person with mental impairments. A guardian is appointed by the Probate Court to manage the personal and medical care of an incapacitated person. My blog, Protecting the Best Interests of an Incapacitated Adult – When, Where, What, Who, Why, and How, is a resource […]

Divorce in the Modern World: I do. I did. I’m done.

Divorce in the Modern World Divorce in the modern world is considered a “traumatic life event” by psychologists and is viewed second only to a death in the family as a major life stressor. Divorce Statistics Although the U.S. Census Bureau has found that divorce rates in general have been dropping since 1996, there are […]