In an unpublished opinion issued on May 15, 2019, the Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s ruling in Gillmann v. Gillmann that had awarded our appellate client’s wife permanent periodic alimony in the amount of $2,000.00 each month. In so doing, the Court found “the family court erred in awarding Wife permanent periodic alimony, and we award Wife alimony of $2,000 per month for eighteen months from the date of divorce. There was compelling evidence that, given her impressive experience and marketable skills in the banking industry, Wife would be able to find suitable employment at a significant salary within this eighteen month period.” In setting aside the permanent alimony award, the Court “acknowledge[d] permanent periodic alimony is the preferred form,” yet concluded “the facts and considering the statutory factors” justified only an 18 month award of alimony in this case, where the wife lost her job earning approximately $73,000 annually just weeks prior to the final hearing.
As to other issues in this case where both parties appealed, the Court found the family court:
Overall this was a fantastic result for Mr. Gillmann, and a rare South Carolina case overturning an award of permanent alimony. Results vary from case to case, but today I could not be happier for our client.