Melissa F. Brown, Melissa M. Frazier, Martha L. Hamel, C. Vance Stricklin, Jr.

With contributions from the 2015-2016 South Carolina Bar Family Law Section Council:

Ruth L. Cate, David P. Geis, Ernest J. Jarrett, Ryan A. McLeod, Kirby R. Mitchell, Chris B. Paton, Ashlin B. Potterfield, Gary H. Smith, J. Benjamin Stevens and the Honorable Katherine H. Tiffany


The South Carolina Family Lawyer's Toolkit, Third Edition, is just what its name implies: a practical handbook designed by and for the busy practitioner containing quick references on the most important issues in a family law practice and trial. The Toolkit is a must-have handbook that addresses both procedural and substantive issues and is recommended by family law attorneys and the family court bench.

Fully updated and expanded since the Second Edition in 2010, the Toolkit contains new and improved questions/scripts for divorce, name change, equitable division, adoptions, custody cases, expert witnesses and more.  It also provides relevant objections, evidentiary foundations, and includes a new electronic evidence section. The Toolkit also provides newly created UCCJEA and UIFSA jurisdictional flow charts for the practicing attorney.

As an added bonus, a CD is included, allowing you to print just the pages you need for your next court hearing.

Summary of Contents:

Grounds for Divorce


Direct Examination of Client (Divorce)

Approval of Agreement

Name Change


Child Support

UIFSA Jurisdictional Flow Chart

Alimony (including chart of Alimony cases)

Equitable Distribution

Business Records Predicate

Electronic Evidence

Expert Witness

Direct/Cross Business Valuation Expert


Direct/Cross - Parent

Direct/Cross - Fact Witness

Cross - GAL

Direct/Cross of Psychological and Custody Evaluator

UCCJEA Jurisdiction Flow Charts

Adoption Checklist

Step-Parent/Relative Adoption


Attorney's Fees


Applicable Rules of Procedure