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Important information about filing an adoption in South Carolina.

ADOPTING YOUR STEP CHILD IN SOUTH CAROLINA: We are committed to helping unite families through stepparent adoption. We understand that some relationships leave a child with an absent parent. Our program allows families to complete their South Carolina step parent adoptions without the high cost of an adoption attorney.

Completing a stepparent adoption in South Carolina doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Our goal is to empower families with an affordable means to adopt their stepson or stepdaughter. We back our service with a 100% court acceptance guarantee.

South Carolina step parent adoption

Helping the entire State of South Carolina in stepparent adoption.

We help families throughout the entire State. Our documents have consistently been praised by the Courts in South Carolina and recommended by court clerks.

We help families in every city of South Carolina, including: Columbia, Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Rock Hill, Greenville, Summerville, Sumter, Hilton Head Island, Florence, Spartanburg, Goose Creek, Aiken, Myrtle Beach, Anderson, and every other city in South Carolina.

Important information about filing an adoption in South Carolina.

A stepparent adoption in South Carolina can be a fairly simple process, and it can be a wonderful step to take to unit the family unit. When the adoption is completed, the child will have the following benefits:

  • > New name is established (if desired)
  • > New birth certificate
  • > Two legal parents active in the child’s life
  • > Ability to inherit from adoptive parent

The child will have a relationship with the adoptive parent that is the same as if the child were born to the stepparent. The child’s new birth certificate will show the child’s new name and will have the adoptive parent and the natural parent listed as the child’s mother and father.

If your matter is complex, a local adoption attorney can answer any legal questions you may have. Review the following fact check which provides a general guideline as to whether you can do your own adoption:

Who can adopt.

  • > Stepmother, or
  • > Stepfather

A stepparent in South Carolina can file to adopt his or her step child. The stepparent must be legally married to the child’s parent.

In some states, a domestic partnership and same-sex marriages may also adopt under the step parent adoption laws.

Parental Rights

Both the biological father and the biological mother have parental rights to the child. In every adoption, the absent or consenting parents parental rights will have to be terminated.

Some of the common grounds for termination of parental rights are:

  • > Abandonment of the child
  • > Lack of financial support
  • > Sustained lack of contact
  • > Abuse or neglect of minor children
  • > Putative or presumptive father is not the bio-father

Child’s consent

In South Carolina, if the child is over 12 years of age, the child will be required to sign a consent to the adoption.

Where to file

You will file your step parent adoption documents in the court located in the county where you reside.If you are in the military, you have the option to file in your home-state of record.

We have listed the address for some of the South Carolina Courts below.

South Carolina Adoption

After you have determined that you want to complete a stepparent adoption, and have familiarized yourself with the adoption process, we can help you make the adoption a reality.

The adoption is fairly simple:

  • > Complete our online questionnaire
  • > Review and sign the adoption forms
  • > Notice the absent parent
  • > Sign all consents
  • > Complete background check (if required)
  • > Complete home-study (if required)
  • > Attend final adoption hearing

We will let you know if a background check or home study is required. We will also let you know if your specific situation can eliminate any steps or whether a step or two will need to be added.

Do it yourself step parent adoption in South Carolina

SOUTH CAROLINA COURT LOCATIONS:

Here is the information for all of the courts in South Carolina that handle adoptions. If your region is not listed, we will include the nearest court information with your documents.

Richland County Family Court: PO Box 2766, 1701 Main Street, Rm 205, Columbia, SC 29202 Phone: (803) 576-1999 Fax: (803) 748-5039

Lexington County Family Court: 205 East Main Street, Suite 146, Lexington, SC 29072-3599 Phone: (803) 785-8212 Fax: (803) 785-8314

Charleston County Family Court: 100 Broad Street Suite 106, Charleston, SC 29401-2258 Phone: (843) 958-4400 Fax: (843) 958-4434

Beaufort County Family Court: PO Box 1128, 102 Ribaut Road, Rm. 208, Beaufort, SC 29901-1128 Phone: (843) 470-5218 Fax: (843) 470-5248

Dorchester County Family Court: 101 Ridge Street, St. George, SC 29477 Phone: (843) 563-0121 Fax: (843) 563-0178

York County Family Court: PO Box 649, 1675 -1G York Highway, York, SC 29745 Phone: (803) 628-3036 Fax: (803) 628-3133

Greenville County Family Court: 305 E. North Street, Greenville, SC 29601-2120 Phone: (864) 467-8551 Fax: (864) 467-8540 Email: clerkofcourt@greenvillecounty.org

Florence County Family Court: 180 N. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501-3456 Phone: (843) 665-3031 Fax: (843) 665-3097

Horry County Family Court: PO Box 677, 1301 2nd Avenue, Conway, SC 29528 Phone: (843) 915-5080 Fax: (843) 915-6081

Georgetown County Family Court: 129 Screven Street, Suite 221, Georgetown, SC 29442 Phone: (843) 545-3046 Fax: (843) 545-3294

Court filing fees.

The court filing fees for an adoption in South Carolina are approximately $200.

Step Parent Adoption in South Carolina We help families throughout South Carolina complete their stepparent adoptions without the high cost of an adoption attorney. We serve families in Columbia, Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Rock Hill, Greenville, Summerville, Sumter, Hilton Head Island, Florence, Spartanburg, Goose Creek, Aiken, Myrtle Beach, Anderson, and all the other cities in South Carolina.

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