Domestic Violence

, 14 More Realities of Family Court; Dealing with Children

14 More Realities of Family Court; Dealing with Children

THINGS A GOOD LAWYER WILL TELL YOU 14 More Realities of Family Court Litigation:  General Rules for Dealing with Children This list is based on 24 years of practice in the Family Courts of...

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, Domestic Violence Before Marriage Should Be A Deal Breaker

Domestic Violence Before Marriage Should Be A Deal Breaker

I was sworn in as a lawyer in the State of South Carolina, twenty-four years ago last week.  I began my career at the Solicitor’s Office and continued my now twenty-one year private practice...

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, The Importance of Keeping Family Court Documents

The Importance of Keeping Family Court Documents

The Importance of Keeping Family Court Documents By M. J. Goodwin   An Amber Alert was issued in Greenville, SC yesterday following a birth mother appearing at a third party custodian’s home and demanding...

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, Domestic Violence Victims in South Carolina:  GET OUT!

Domestic Violence Victims in South Carolina: GET OUT!

Domestic Violence and Physical Cruelty Divorce in South Carolina By M. J. Goodwin   The news has been full of incidents of domestic violence in recent days. From the murder/suicide at the University of...

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, Preparing to Leave a Marriage in SC

Preparing to Leave a Marriage in SC

What should one do to prepare to leave a marriage? By M. J. Goodwin   I think that perhaps the hardest part of any divorce proceeding is the decision to end the marriage and...

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Violence and Family Law: The Hughes-Ferrell Case

Violence and Family Law: The Hughes-Ferrell Case   By M. J. Goodwin This week’s news item found here http://www.wyff4.com/news/family-members-charged-in-intrudersoninlaw-shooting/30973738 is particularly disturbing to me as a family law attorney. From what is reported in the...

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Orders of Protection in South Carolina require a Divorce Lawyer

Orders of Protection in South Carolina Domestic Violence Cases   By M. J. Goodwin   October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. In my 23 years as a practicing attorney in Anderson, South Carolina, I...

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Handling Emergency Custody Cases in Family Court in Upstate South Carolina

Handling Emergency Custody Cases in Family Court By M. J. Goodwin   By far, the most frequent emergency situations I see in Family Court are those involving children.  Children, especially young children, cannot care...

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What does a litigant need to bring up in divorce court? What will “help” in a divorce case?

Question of the week:  “Will (fill in the blank) help me in my divorce case?” By M. J. Goodwin A divorce client is overwhelmed by their situation.  The loss of the marriage is devastating...

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What if you are the person who is at fault in your divorce case? Adultery? Physical Abuse? Alcohol or drugs?

What if you are the person who is at fault in your divorce case? By M. J. Goodwin     All of us are human and as a result of innate human failings, I...

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