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The American Justice System is Superior

Our System is better than, well, Pakistan’s system By M. J. Goodwin I have spent the better part of the past few days in Family Court in Anderson, South Carolina.  That is pretty typical...

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Ten Family Court Lessons from The Walking Dead

Ten Legal Lessons from AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead By M. J. Goodwin I am a huge fan of The Walking Dead  (TWD).  Sunday nights at my house have some pretty basic rules. ...

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What happens during a Family Court Trial?

What happens during a Family Court trial? By M. J. Goodwin   In Anderson County, South Carolina, a litigant can expect a wait of at least one year before a day long trial in...

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There are many ways to accomplish the same Family Court goal: settlement or litigation

There is more than one way to accomplish most Family Court goals:  settlement  or litigation By M. J. Goodwin   I served as mediator in three cases last week.  Two out of the three...

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Who gets the diamond engagment ring when a relationship ends?

So who gets the diamond engagement ring when a relationship ends? By M. J. Goodwin   In 2002, I completed the 40 hour course to become a certified Family Court Mediator.  I enjoy doing...

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Valuation of Assets, Business and Investments in Divorce Cases

Valuation of Assets in Divorce Actions By M. J. Goodwin On March 5, 2014, the South Carolina Court of Appeals issued its ruling in Teeter v. Teeter, which can be found here:  http://www.sccourts.org/opinions/indexCOAPub.cfm  The...

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Financial Declaration Forms in Family Court

Financial Declarations in Family Court By M. J. Goodwin Financial Declarations are crucial documents in Family Court litigation.  A Financial Declaration is a complex, five (5) page form mandated by the South Carolina Supreme...

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It ain’t over ’til it’s over, but when it’s over, it’s over.

Final Orders are FINAL.  Be sure you can live with the outcome when reaching a settlement in divorce, custody or other Family Court cases. By M. J. Goodwin Divorce is unpleasant.  Custody disputes are...

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Affidavits for Temporary Hearings in Family Court

Writing affidavits for (non-complex) temporary hearings in Family Court By M. J. Goodwin A temporary hearing, brought when either party files a motion for temporary relief,  is the first step into the Family Court process...

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How to dress for Court

How to dress for Court By M. J. Goodwin This one may seem like common sense, but I notice a lot of people dressed inappropriately for Court.  Court is a conservative, traditional place.  That...

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