Supreme Court authorizes collateral attack on adoption due to significant procedural irregularities

March 21, 2018

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

January 4, 2018

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

United States Supreme Court finds order granting adopting lesbian mother visitation is entitled to full faith and credit

March 7, 2016

On March 7, 2016, in the case of V. L. v. E. L., ET AL., the United States Supreme Court, in an unsigned Per Curiam

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

September 29, 2014

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

August 4, 2014

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

Grasping at straws

July 24, 2013

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

July 17, 2013

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

Supreme Court holds foster parents lack standing to seek or challenge adoption when child is placed with DSS for purpose of placing child for adoption

March 8, 2013

The March 8, 2013 Supreme Court opinion in Youngblood v. DSS, 402 S.C. 311, 741 S.E.2d 515 (2013), holds that once the South Carolina Department of Social Services