Supreme Court reverses denial of grandfather adoption: finds adoption more stable than custody

Posted Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 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 5, 2022, Supreme Court opinion in Swain v. Bollinger, reversed a family court and Court of Appeals’ denial of a termination of father’s

In apparently close decision, Supreme Court reinstates termination of parental rights/adoption

Posted Sunday, September 26th, 2021 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

On September 22, 2021, a unanimous South Carolina Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals and reinstated a family court’s granting of a termination of

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

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