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BadJudgesSuck

United States

#1 Jan 4, 2010
S.C. Supreme Court decision exposes problems with child-support system
Published on 03/10/05

BY HERB FRAZIER
Of The Post and Courier Staff

Dennis Fassuliotis has a $200 check to show that he's not a deadbeat dad.

The money is Fassuliotis' refund from the Charleston County Family Court for court fees he paid to get out of jail after a judge said his child support payment was late.
BadJudgesSuck

United States

#2 Jan 4, 2010
Fassuliotis' trip to family court stemmed from a change in the amount of his child support payment to his former wife, Maureen Fassuliotis.

When the judge found Fassuliotis, a Charleston real estate investor and broker, in civil contempt of court more than two years ago, he was ordered to jail for one year. But he was released after spending nearly a day in jail after he paid the $200 court costs plus the child support the judge said he owed.

Fassuliotis, who has joint custody of his children, did not settle with just getting out of jail. He also wanted to shed the stigma of being locked up for not supporting his two sons.

He appealed the Family Court's contempt citation to the S.C. Supreme Court, and he won.

The Supreme Court reversed Family Court Judge F.P. Segars-Andrews' decision to hold Fassuliotis in contempt. The court also said Fassuliotis was due a refund for the court costs he paid.

The court did not give an explanation for its decision. But in its order, the justices cited case law that says contempt is the result of a willful disobedience of an order of the court. The unpublished ruling does not set any legal precedent.

Now Fassuliotis, 49, has his money back, but not all of his reputation.
BadJudgesSuck

United States

#3 Jan 4, 2010
Police records haven't been updated to match the court files that show that Fassuliotis is not guilty of civil contempt in Family Court. He would like to update the records. "This is a question of my integrity," he said. But he's already having some problem doing that.

In Family Court, Fassuliotis said, there is no form to complete, like in criminal court, to have areference to a contempt order expunged from police files. Fassuliotis said he fears that he'll have to hire an attorney to do it, and that means more legal costs.

Roy Stuckey, a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, said Fassuliotis' success to get the Supreme Court to reverse the civil contempt order in a child support case is rare. Because of his income, Fassuliotis could hire an attorney to help him escape from becoming a lasting statistic of the family court's mission statewide to collect child support, the professor said.

Larry McKeown, director of the division of child support for the S.C. Department of Social Service, said the agency is managing 222,673 child-support cases in which the courts have issued a child-support order. At some point, the agency expects that one out of every two child-support payers will be late with a payment, but that will not immediately lead to jail time, he said.
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#11 Dec 14, 2013
BadJudgesSuck wrote:
Fassuliotis' trip to family court stemmed from a change in the amount of his child support payment to his former wife, Maureen Fassuliotis.
When the judge found Fassuliotis, a Charleston real estate investor and broker, in civil contempt of court more than two years ago, he was ordered to jail for one year. But he was released after spending nearly a day in jail after he paid the $200 court costs plus the child support the judge said he owed.
Fassuliotis, who has joint custody of his children, did not settle with just getting out of jail. He also wanted to shed the stigma of being locked up for not supporting his two sons.
He appealed the Family Court's contempt citation to the S.C. Supreme Court, and he won.
The Supreme Court reversed Family Court Judge F.P. Segars-Andrews' decision to hold Fassuliotis in contempt. The court also said Fassuliotis was due a refund for the court costs he paid.
The court did not give an explanation for its decision. But in its order, the justices cited case law that says contempt is the result of a willful disobedience of an order of the court. The unpublished ruling does not set any legal precedent.
Now Fassuliotis, 49, has his money back, but not all of his reputation.
Absolutely shocking!
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Charleston, SC

#13 Sep 28, 2015
This woman is sicko. She should be in prison.
I Told You

Charleston, SC

#14 Dec 24, 2015
Do not hire this thing to be your attorney.
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King George, VA

#15 Dec 25, 2015
Yep

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