South Carolina Man and Woman live together.
Woman has a Son.
Man acts like any good father would toward Son.
Drives him to school. Roots for him at his ball games. Attends parent-teacher conferences. Etc., etc.
One thing is missing …
A paternity test does not bear out a biological connection between Man and Son.
Man and Woman eventually break up.
But Man and Son do not want to break up with each other.
Man goes to court to obtain visitation, arguing that he is Son’s psychological parent, the father figure in Son’s life.
But the court rules against him, because Son knows that Man is not his biological father and that someone else is.
Man appeals. And the South Carolina Court of Appeals agrees with Man.
Court awards Man visitation with Son.
Shortly before Father’s Day, Man won full custody of Son by agreement with Woman after a six year court battle.