Supreme Court applies Federal Indian Child Welfare Act to prevent adoption

Posted Friday, July 27th, 2012 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Child Custody, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public, South Carolina Appellate Decisions

The July 26, 2012 South Carolina Supreme Court opinion in Adoptive Couple v. Cherokee Nation, 398 S.C. 625, 731 S.E.2d 550 (2012), had been long anticipated.  The story

How many parents can (should) a child have?

Posted Saturday, July 14th, 2012 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Jurisprudence, Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

My family spent last evening with South Carolina adoption guru James Fletcher Thompson.  James regaled us with stories of the latest trends in assisted reproduction

South Carolina appellate courts finally apply the sibling visitation statute (and of course it’s unpublished)

Posted Thursday, March 15th, 2012 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Child Custody, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

I have a long-held intellectual fascination with South Carolina’s sibling visitation statute, S.C. Code § 63-3-530(A)(44), so much so that I wrote a blog with

In disputes between biological parents and third-parties, we don’t want decisions to be based on “the best interests of the child”

Posted Monday, January 30th, 2012 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Child Custody, Jurisprudence, Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

A review of the excellent news reporting from Allyson Bird at the Charleston Post and Courier, regarding the adoption case involving two year-old, Veronica, her

Supreme Court reverses termination of parental rights where father not responsible for numerous court delays

Posted Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Department of Social Services/Child Abuse and Neglect, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The October 3, 2011 Supreme Court opinion in Charleston County DSS v. Marccuci, 396 S.C. 218, 721 S.E.2d 768 (2011), reverses a family court order terminating Sean Taylor’s

In 3-2 decision, Supreme Court takes narrow view of unwed father’s parental rights

Posted Thursday, May 5th, 2011 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Child Custody, Jurisprudence, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public, South Carolina Appellate Decisions

The creation of parental rights and responsibilities for unwed fathers are hardly reciprocal.  The state, the mother, or the child’s guardian can come after an

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