Court of Appeals highly critical of Charleston County’s Abuse and Neglect proceedings’ procedures

Posted Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Gregory Forman
Filed under 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 September 3, 2014 Court of Appeals decision in SCDSS v.  Hogan, 410 S.C. 120, 763 S.E.2d 219 (Ct. App. 2014), is highly critical of the method

Adult protective services opinion has implications for abuse and neglect cases

Posted Friday, May 9th, 2014 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Department of Social Services/Child Abuse and Neglect, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The April 30, 2014 South Carolina Supreme Court opinion in the case of In the Interest of Jane Doe, 407 S.C. 623, 757 S.E.2d 711 (2014), provides

Supreme Court reverses sexual abuse finding based on improperly admitted forensic child interviews

Posted Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by Gregory Forman
Filed under 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

A split decision in the September 25, 2013 South Carolina Supreme Court opinion in SCDSS v. Pringle, 405 S.C. 608, 749 S.E.2d 301 (2013), reserved a finding

When abuse and neglect and private custody cases overlap

Posted Thursday, March 21st, 2013 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Department of Social Services/Child Abuse and Neglect, Family Court Procedure, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

Not infrequently a claim of abuse or neglect against one parent will lead another parent to seek custody.  Other times a private custody case will

The difficulty of bringing tort claims against the Department of Social Services

Posted Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 by Gregory Forman
Filed under 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

On December 2, 2015, the South Carolina Supreme Court reversed this Court of Appeals decision in Bass v. SCDSS.  For further analysis of the Supreme Court opinion: It

Court of Appeals makes minor changes to year-old opinion

Posted Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Department of Social Services/Child Abuse and Neglect, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

Today’s [September 12, 2012] advance sheet notes a refiled opinion in the case of South Carolina Department of Social Services v. Mary C.  Oddly enough

A cuckoo approach to progeny

Posted Friday, November 11th, 2011 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Department of Social Services/Child Abuse and Neglect, Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

From a purely pragmatic viewpoint a “successful” life for a sexually reproducing creature is merely having more than two offspring survive to reproductive age.  From

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