South Carolina Supreme Court holds family court improperly denied foster parents’ requests to intervene in removal cases

November 6, 2019

In the November 6, 2019, case of Cooper v. SCDSS, 428 S.C. 402, 835 S.E.2d 516 (2019), the South Carolina Supreme Court found that the

Supreme Court reinstates termination of father’s parental rights and authorizes foster parent adoption

May 9, 2018

The May 9, 2018 Supreme Court opinion in SCDSS v. Smith, 423 S.C. 60, 814 S.E.2d 148 (2018), reverses a 2017 Court of Appeals opinion, terminates father’s

Supreme Court issues slightly modified opinion in Ex-Parte: Carter

April 11, 2018

On April 11, 2018 the Supreme Court issued a slightly modified opinion of its March 21, 2018 decision in Ex-Parte: Carter, 422 S.C. 623, 813 S.E.2d

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

Lessons from my first contested termination of parental rights prosecution trial

March 30, 2017

Last week I represented a mother and step-father in a contested termination of parental rights(TPR)/step-parent adoption case. I have been a licensed attorney for over

Substituted, published Court of Appeals opinion clarifies terminating parental rights of incarcerated parents

March 7, 2017

N.B. On May 9, 2018 the Supreme Court reversed this decision.  See: Supreme Court reinstates termination of father’s parental rights and authorizes foster parent adoption On

Insufficient guardian investigation causes Court of Appeals to reverse termination of parental rights

January 3, 2017

The December 30, 2016 Court of Appeals opinion in SCDSS v. Nelson, 419 S.C. 142, 795 S.E.2d 871 (Ct. App. 2016), reversed the termination of

Court of Appeals vacates removal and TPR orders due to lack of subject matter jurisdiction

October 18, 2016

In the October 10, 2016 opinion in SCDSS v. Tran, 418 S.C. 308, 792 S.E.2d 254 (Ct.App. 2016), the South Carolina Court of Appeals vacated

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