Conservatorship and Guardians in Family Law

Conservatorship and Guardians in Family Law  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]