It is rare when I find a legal resource that is easy to understand, very informative and cheap at the same time. Recently, I stumbled on such a resource in our library: Marriage and Divorce Law in South Carolina – A Layperson’s Guide, Fourth Edition.
As a 3L completing my final semester of law school, I have read my share of secondary sources. Marriage and Divorce Law in South Carolina is like no other.
The Fourth Edition includes recent changes made in 2015 to South Carolina’s domestic violence laws. Any other changes made from 2007 to 2015 have also been updated.
The author is Professor Roy T. Stuckey. Professor Stuckey previously wrote Marital Litigation in SC Substantive Law, Fourth Edition, which has been widely recognized as the primary resource for divorce attorneys and Family Court judges in South Carolina. Besides being an active legal scholar, he taught at the University of South Carolina School of Law for over 34 years.
“Divorce is a fact of life in America, and very few people go through life without being affected by divorce in some significant way” and, according to the American Psychological Association, 40% to 50% of married couples in the United States end up divorced.
Marriage and Divorce Law in South Carolina – A Layperson’s Guide, covers many important Family Law topics that are likely to come up during your practice. Everything ranging from adultery to separation is discussed in just six short chapters:
- Chapter 1: Creating a Marriage
- Chapter 2: Altering or Ending a Marriage
- Chapter 3: How Cases Proceed Through the Family Court
- Chapter 4: Issues That Frequently Arise When a Marriage Ends
- Chapter 5: Issues That Sometimes Arise After Divorce
- Chapter 6: Hiring and Working with a Lawyer
What makes this resource worth-while is how it will benefit your relationship with clients. Instead of just spitting legal jargon, this book provides guidance on how to discuss such issues and develop an effective game plan.
One of my favorite features is how the author breaks down which forms to use in practice. All of which can be found here: https://www.sccourts.org/forms/searchType.cfm.
According to the CLE Division of our state bar, many of South Carolina’s family law attorneys agree, that this book, without exception, is a “welcome resource for every lawyer who advises or represents clients about marriage and divorce.”
At only 254 pages, a copy of Marriage and Divorce Law in South Carolina is available to purchase for just $25.00 on the South Carolina Bar CLE Division’s publication page. The price is the same for members and nonmembers.
Check it out for yourself at: https://www.scbar.org/shop-cle/publication/marriage-divorce-law-in-south-carolina-a-laypersons-guide-fourth-edition/.
It can also be found on shelf 41-B in our library. Don’t just take my word for it, pick up a copy and see for yourself! Your clients will thank you later.
~ By Joseph Donohue