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2009-UP-103 - SCDSS v. 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

South Carolina Department of Social Services, Respondent,

v.

Lavinya W. and Franklin G., of whom Franklin G. is Appellant.

In the interest of: S.F., DOB 8/25/02, a minor child under the age of eighteen years.


Appeal From Charleston County
Judy C. McMahon, Family Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No.  2009-UP-103
Submitted January 2, 2009 – Filed February 27, 2009


AFFIRMED


Eric Johnson, of Charleston, for Appellant.

Donnie T. Brisbane, of North Charleston, for Respondent.

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

PER CURIAM:  Franklin G. appeals the termination of his parental rights to S.F.  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]

WILLIAMS, PIEPER, and GEATHERS, JJ., 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.