I write this blog for South Carolina Family Court lawyers. I assume that some non lawyers will find and read this blog, which is fine if they understand that they are not the intended audience. Many non lawyers think the law is “black and white.” It is not. Lawyers understand that the law is not “black and white,” clear, or objective and that many facts and factors may affect the proper application of the law to a particular case or issue. I intend this blog to raise questions and stir debate among lawyers, not provide definitive answers to substantive or procedural issues.
Non lawyers should understand that this blog is nothing more than my point-of-view or the point-of-view of lawyers responding with comments. It should not be taken or used as legal advice. Non lawyers should not rely upon this blog for the law or legal information, rather they should talk with their own lawyers.
Neither this blog nor any response to this blog creates an attorney-client relationship. This means that while I am a lawyer, I am not your lawyer. You are not my client until you make an appointment, pay my retainer fee, meet with me, and we both sign the retainer fee agreement.
Any comments sent in response to this blog may be posted with the author’s name and will be accessible by the public. In other words, do not send anything confidential or dumb. However, the posting of comments is in my sole discretion. I will be liberal in posting comments critical of what I have written and responses from lawyers. I am less willing to post rants against particular results, judges, or lawyers by non lawyers.
I hold strong opinions on the practice of law in the Family Courts and appellate courts of South Carolina; however, that does not mean that any of my opinions are correct. I believe that my posts to this blog are accurate but if I learn that I am wrong I will correct it.
As I frequently tell my clients, “People do not pay lawyers big bucks to answer easy questions.” Therefore, if you are a lawyer, you need to do your own legal research and reach your own professional opinion. If you are not a lawyer, you need to pay your own lawyer to answer your questions.
I want to blend practical experience with established law. I use “war stories” from my experience and practice along with references to South Carolina statutes, cases, and rules of court. The reader should understand that, like snowflakes, no two cases are exactly alike. What succeeded or failed in one war story may have gotten an opposite result with only a slight change in the facts or a slightly different application of the law. Like The Bible and statistics, the law may be quoted or cited to support almost any proposition. Never forget that the law, like The Bible and statistics, may be misquoted, incompletely quoted, or quoted out of context.
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Last modified. 1/20/2020