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

Abandoning children but fighting termination of parental rights

November 30, 2015

I recently took a phone call from a mother who’d just been served with termination of parental rights (TPR)/stepmother adoption action. A few years earlier

Court of Appeals reverses termination of parental rights because child not eligible for adoption

May 13, 2015

The May 12, 2015 Court of Appeals opinion in SCDSS v. Williams, 412 S.C. 458, 772 S.E.2d 279 (Ct.App. 2015), reverses the family court’s decision to

Two recent unpublished termination of parental rights opinions that should have been published

April 2, 2015

Within the past week the South Carolina Court of Appeals has issued two unpublished opinions reversing two family court decisions to terminate a parent’s parental

It can be counterproductive to fight grounds in termination of parental rights cases

January 28, 2015

A party bringing a termination of parental rights (TPR) case must prove, by clear and convincing evidence, both a statutory ground under S.C. Code §

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

I think they call this chutzpah

March 27, 2014

The March 27, 2014 Supreme Court opinion SCDSS v. Michelle G., 407 S.C. 499, 757 S.E.2d 388 (2014), addresses a 14th Amendment challenge to South Carolina’s termination of