Supreme Court reinstates termination of father’s parental rights and authorizes foster parent adoption

Posted Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The May 9, 2018 Supreme Court opinion in SCDSS v. Smith, 423 S.C. 60, 814 S.E.2d 148 (2018), reverses a 2017 Court of Appeals opinion, terminates father’s

Supreme Court issues slightly modified opinion in Ex-Parte: Carter

Posted Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

On April 11, 2018 the Supreme Court issued a slightly modified opinion of its March 21, 2018 decision in Ex-Parte: Carter, 422 S.C. 623, 813 S.E.2d

Supreme Court authorizes collateral attack on adoption due to significant procedural irregularities

Posted Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

N.B. the opinion discussed below was subsequently slightly modified. See Supreme Court issues slightly modified opinion in Ex-Parte: Carter. The phrase Kafkaesque is an overused cliche

Supreme Court makes it easier for foster parents to adopt

Posted Thursday, January 4th, 2018 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The January 3, 2018 South Carolina Supreme Court opinion in SCDSS v. Boulware, 422 S.C. 1, 809 S.E.2d 223 (2018),  makes it easier for foster parents to

Lessons from my first contested termination of parental rights prosecution trial

Posted Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Litigation Strategy, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Last week I represented a mother and step-father in a contested termination of parental rights(TPR)/step-parent adoption case. I have been a licensed attorney for over

Substituted, published Court of Appeals opinion clarifies terminating parental rights of incarcerated parents

Posted Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

N.B. On May 9, 2018 the Supreme Court reversed this decision.  See: Supreme Court reinstates termination of father’s parental rights and authorizes foster parent adoption On

Insufficient guardian investigation causes Court of Appeals to reverse termination of parental rights

Posted Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The December 30, 2016 Court of Appeals opinion in SCDSS v. Nelson, 419 S.C. 142, 795 S.E.2d 871 (Ct. App. 2016), reversed the termination of

Abandoning children but fighting termination of parental rights

Posted Monday, November 30th, 2015 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

I recently took a phone call from a mother who’d just been served with termination of parental rights (TPR)/stepmother adoption action. A few years earlier

Court of Appeals reverses termination of parental rights because child not eligible for adoption

Posted Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The May 12, 2015 Court of Appeals opinion in SCDSS v. Williams, 412 S.C. 458, 772 S.E.2d 279 (Ct.App. 2015), reverses the family court’s decision to

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