It can be counterproductive to fight grounds in termination of parental rights cases

Posted Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 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

A party bringing a termination of parental rights (TPR) case must prove, by clear and convincing evidence, both a statutory ground under S.C. Code §

Supreme Court affirms finding that non technical defects with adoption consent renders consent invalid

Posted Monday, September 29th, 2014 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

Eight weeks after the Court of Appeals affirmed a family court finding that South Carolina’s adoption statute required strict compliance with statutory consent requirements in

Court of Appeals affirms strict compliance with adoption consent requirements

Posted Monday, August 4th, 2014 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 August 4, 2014 Court of Appeal opinion in Brown v. Baby Girl Harper, 409 S.C. 470, 761 S.E.2d 779 (Ct. App. 2014), affirmed a

I think they call this chutzpah

Posted Thursday, March 27th, 2014 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 March 27, 2014 Supreme Court opinion SCDSS v. Michelle G., 407 S.C. 499, 757 S.E.2d 388 (2014), addresses a 14th Amendment challenge to South Carolina’s termination of

Grasping at straws

Posted Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public, South Carolina Appellate Decisions

Many family law attorneys I know have mixed feelings about the outcome of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl.  State and federal laws make it more

In 3-2 decision, South Carolina Supreme Court orders immediate adoption in Indian Adoption case

Posted Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

In a 3-2 decision today [July 17, 2013] in the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, 404 S.C. 483, 746 S.E.2d 51 (2013), the South

United States Supreme Court reverses on South Carolina Indian Adoption case

Posted Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Audience:, Child Support, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public, United States Supreme Court Decisions

In a highly anticipated case that generated much local notoriety, and in which some of my friends and colleagues participated, the United States Supreme Court

Supreme Court finds harmless error in denial of counsel for termination of parental rights

Posted Friday, May 10th, 2013 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 8, 2013 Supreme Court opinion in Broom v. Jennifer, 403 S.C. 96, 742 S.E.2d 382 (2013), affirmed a termination of parental rights (TPR) despite the appellant

Court of Appeals reverses termination of parental rights as not in child’s best interests

Posted Friday, May 3rd, 2013 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 3, 2013 Court of Appeals opinion in SCDSS v. Cameron N. F. L., 403 S.C. 323, 742 S.E.2d 697 (Ct.App 2013), (dig those initials) reversed the

Divided Supreme Court reinstates termination of parental rights

Posted Thursday, March 21st, 2013 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

In the March 20, 2013 opinion in SCDSS v. Sarah W., 402 S.C. 324, 741 S.E.2d 739 (2013), a divided South Carolina Supreme Court reinstated a

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