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2008-UP-644 - Charleston County DSS v. Lavinya W. and Franklin G.

THIS OPINION HAS NO PRECEDENTIAL VALUE.  IT SHOULD NOT BE CITED OR RELIED ON AS PRECEDENT IN ANY PROCEEDING EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY RULE 239(d)(2), SCACR.

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

Charleston County Department of Social Services, Respondent,

v.

Lavinya W. and Franklin G. Defendants,

Of Whom Lavinya W. is Appellant.

In the interest of S.F., a minor child under the age of 18.


Appeal From Charleston County
Judy McMahon, Family Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No.  2008-UP-644 
Submitted November 1, 2008 – Filed November 19, 2008


AFFIRMED


Ellen H. Bentz, of N. Charleston, for Appellant.

Bonnie T Brisbane, of N. Charleston, for Respondent.

Adrianne M. Belton, of Charleston, for Guardian Ad Litem.

PER CURIAM: Lavinya W. appeals from the family court’s order terminating her parental rights to her minor child.  See S.C. Code Ann. § 20-7-1572 (Supp. 2007).[1]  Upon a thorough review of the record and the family court’s findings of fact and conclusions of law, pursuant to Ex Parte Cauthen, 291 S.C. 465, 354 S.E.2d 381 (1987), we find no meritorious issues warrant briefing.  Accordingly, we affirm the family court’s ruling and relieve counsel.

AFFIRMED.[2]

HEARN, C.J., CURETON, A.J., and GOOLSBY, A.J., concur.


[1] Effective June 16, 2008, the General Assembly amended the Code of Laws of South Carolina by adding Title 63, the South Carolina Children’s Code, and transferring all provisions of Title 20, Chapter 7 to Title 63.  See Act No. 361, 2008 S.C. Acts 3623 (stating “the transfer and reorganization of the code provisions in this act are technical . . . and are not intended to be substantive”).  Because Title 63 has not yet been bound, all citations to the statute refer to Title 20.

[2] We decide this case without oral argument pursuant to Rule 215, SCACR.