In a recent blog post, we analyzed new and compelling legislation passed by South Carolina state lawmakers over the summer. The bill, H-3464, passed unanimously and empowered South Carolina grandparents in three ways:
- It encouraged the courts to place kids who have lost their parents with relatives and grandparents.
- It established criteria by which grandparents and relatives can protect their rights
- It created a process to allow grandparents to appear at court proceedings and “have their say” with respect to a grandchild’s future arrangements.
How did this bill come to be, and why has it been met with such a surge of enthusiasm?
H-3464 has its origins in the passion of one man, John Schafer, who helped raise his two grandchildren from the time they were babies. In 2010, Schafer lost his custody battle for his grandkids. He lost not because he and his wife had done anything wrong but because the state considered them too elderly and too sick. After experiencing the horror of having his two young grandchildren stripped from his custody, Mr. Schafer went a quest. He became the Director of the Grandparents Right Association of South Carolina (GRASC), and dedicated himself and his organization to influencing lawmakers to pass a law to prevent what happened to him from happening to other caring grandparents.
If you want to protect your rights as grandparents in South Carolina, you may have more options than you realize. Toussaint Law Firm can educate and empower you to do what’s best for your family and fight for justice and fairness.