Section Information

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Family Law Section, please forward dues payment in the amount of $20 to: SC Bar, Attn: Donna Oelhafen, P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202. Please make checks payable to the S.C. Bar and note in the memo portion Family Law Section Dues.

Section Goals

  • Continue to monitor proposed legislation involving the Family Court system, draft proposed legislation as the Council deems appropriate, assist any task force charged with reviewing/formulating such proposals, and work with SC AAML Chapter and SCAJ Family Law Section to address same whenever feasible.
  • Continue to provide assistance to the Rules Revisions Committee of the South Carolina Conference of Family Court Judges; monitor proposed rule changes; and advocate the Council’s position on any proposals. 
  • Strive for Council member attendance at all meetings and council-sponsored functions.  Increase participation by all Council members, and attempt to include Family Law Section members in Council’s Subcommittees.
  • Complete any remaining revisions to the South Carolina Family Lawyers’ Tool Kit and submit it the South Carolina Bar CLE Division for publication. 
  • Continue to coordinate, sponsor and conduct the following Continuing Legal Eduction Programs: (a) Family Law Essentials CLE; (b) Family Law Intensive CLE; (c) Hot Tips CLE; and (d) Family Law Seminar at the annual SC Bar Convention. 
  • Continue to sponsor attendance at a regional or national Family Law conference for those who serve/served as chair of the Council.
  • Distribute a newsletter every three to six months to Family Law Section members via e-mail, updating the Section on what Council is doing; advising of the opportunity to participate on Council Subcommittees; promoting upcoming CLE opportunities; and addressing relevant pending legislative issues.  
  • Provide a searchable pdf of topics presented in past Cool Tips and Hot Tips CLE's, as a service to Section members.
  • Determine feasibility of establishing a Family Law specialization in South Carolina.
  • Investigate issues and problems with lay Guardian ad Litem in private custody/visitation cases and pursue possible solutions to address same. 

Staff contact:
Britton Jenkins
(803) 799-6653, ext. 137