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Tag Archives: Custody

Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Custody – Hague Convention – No Wrongful Retention (access required)

Reyes v. Jeffcoat Where (1) from 2006 to September 2008, the parties’ children attended brick and mortar schools and participated in extracurricular activities in Lexington, S.C.; (2) despite staying in Venezuela for appreciable periods of time from September 2008 to September 2011, the children continued to travel in and out of Venezuela as tourists using their U.S. passports; and (3) neither the children nor the respondent-father stayed in Venezuela for more than 90 consecutive days...

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Custody – Termination of Parental Rights (access required)

South Carolina Department of Social Services v. Mother Even though the mother has limited financial means and her ex-husband - who continues to abuse drugs - lives nearby, since the mother has remedied the conditions that caused her twins to be removed from her custody, the family could should not have ordered the S.C. Department of Social Services to initiate proceedings to terminate the mother’s parental rights.

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Custody – Attorney’s Fees – Prevailing Party — Father’s Conduct (access required)

Lewin v. Lewin The plaintiff-mother initiated this action based on her concerns about drug use in the defendant-father’s home. Although she did not receive all the relief she requested, she prevailed on several issues and obtained beneficial results: the family court (1) temporarily suspended the father’s visitation rights until he provided the mother with a negative drug test, (2) ordered the father to undergo quarterly drug testing and ruled that the father’s visitation rights would be suspended should he fail any of the drug tests, and (3) restrained the father from exposing the children to his wife.

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Custody – Best Interests – Child’s Wishes (access required)

Sheila R. v. David R. Despite misgivings about the appellant-mother’s fitness as a parent, the family court originally gave her custody of the parties’ younger daughter, adopting a “wait and see” approach. Eighteen months later, the family court conducted a thorough best-interests analysis, considered the totality of the circumstances before it and properly awarded sole custody of the younger daughter to the respondent-father, with liberal visitation for the mother. We affirm the family court’s custody orders.

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