Monthly visits and small gifts sufficient to prevent termination of parental rights says Court of Appeals

Posted Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Department of Social Services/Child Abuse and Neglect, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

Note: this decision was later reversed by the South Carolina Supreme Court.  See, Supreme Court grants termination of parental rights, finding mother’s failure to support

Recent changes to South Carolina “Child Protection and Permanency” statute make it harder for parents to obtain return of their children

Posted Friday, June 18th, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Department of Social Services/Child Abuse and Neglect, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

On May 12, 2010, South Carolina enacted Senate bill 1172, which makes changes to the Child Protection and Permanency statute.  Among the highlights: The revisions

Supreme Court reverses Court of Appeals and affirms the Family Court’s termination of father’s parental rights

Posted Monday, March 1st, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Today’s Supreme Court opinion in Doe v. Roe, 386 S.C. 624, 690 S.E.2d 573 (2010), reverses the Court of Appeals and affirms the Family Court’s termination

Should fathers of children born out-of-wedlock have rights and obligations towards those children?

Posted Thursday, February 11th, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Child Custody, Child Support, Jurisprudence, Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public, Paternity

The goal of this blog is not to offend but merely to establish the following three points about the current system in which fathers of

South Carolina’s new Responsible Father Registry

Posted Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Of Interest to General Public, Paternity, South Carolina Specific

Beginning January 1, 2010, South Carolina implemented a Responsible Father Registry.  S.C. Code Ann. § 63-9-820.  This registry is designed to allow men who have

Former foster parents who declined to adopt child lack standing to bring subsequent adoption proceeding; Judge Lockemy concerned that DSS deceived foster parents

Posted Friday, October 2nd, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Department of Social Services/Child Abuse and Neglect, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The Court of Appeals’ decision in Michael P. v. Greenville County Department of Social Services, 385 S.C. 407, 684 S.E.2d 211 (2009), has all the makings of

Minimum contacts personal jurisdiction analysis not applicable to contested multi-state adoption action

Posted Monday, July 13th, 2009 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Adoption/Termination of Parental Rights, Child Custody, Jurisdiction, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The July 13, 2009 Court of Appeals decision in Brookshire v. Blackwell, 384 S.C. 333, 682 S.E.2d 295 (Ct.App. 2009) clarifies personal and subject matter jurisdiction analysis as

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