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Yarborough v. Yarborough
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The daughter (Plaintiff) brought suit against her father through her grandfather as guardian ad litem in South Carolina. Sadie (Plaintiff), the daughter, asked for support for education and maintenance, claiming that without the support she would have to depend on charity. Jurisdiction was obtained over the father (Defendant) and over some of his property in South Carolina. The plaintiff father argued that a prior Georgia judgment in a divorce suit with the Plaintiff’s mother had determined his entire obligation to his daughter (Plaintiff), and this obligation having been satisfied was res judicata and entitled to full faith and credit. Plaintiff argued that the Georgia judgment should not be res judicata because she was not a party to that suit, she was not a domiciliary of Georgia at the time of the judgment, she was now a domiciliary of South Carolina which had its own laws of support, she had a need now which her father (Defendant) could afford to and should be obligated to meet and, finally, the Georgia court had not intended to bar other interested states from acting in the future but had only litigated the question concerning its own interests, under its own laws. The trial court found for Sadie, the child (Plaintiff), and ordered plaintiff father’s property in South Carolina to be held as security for performance of its support order. The South Carolina Supreme Court upheld the trial court’s award of $50 monthly to be paid to the grandfather as trustee for Sadie’s (Plaintiff) education and support plus attorney fees. The U.S. Supreme Court reversed on appeal and held for the father (Defendant).
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