Supreme Court reverses denial of grandfather adoption: finds adoption more stable than custody

January 5, 2022

The January 5, 2022, Supreme Court opinion in Swain v. Bollinger, 435 S.C. 280, 866 S.E.2d 923 (2022), reversed a family court and Court of

In apparently close decision, Supreme Court reinstates termination of parental rights/adoption

September 26, 2021

On September 22, 2021, a unanimous South Carolina Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals and reinstated a family court’s granting of a termination of

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