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Q: My son is 20 years old and has been raised by myself and his stepfather and wants him listed as his father

He wants it legally documented that his stepfather is his father- is this possible? And if so how does he start the process for this?

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Jun 26, 2020

I would recommend reaching out to an attorney where your son lives. They will be in the best position to advise you on the process for adoption.

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Q: How do I get an unaltered copy of an adoption decree? Before the judge made corrections. Would a copy be on record.
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Apr 16, 2020

The final decree as signed by the judge would be on file with the clerk of court. Any other version you would need to talk to the person that drafted the document who would more likely than not would be an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: My daughters paternal grandmother has primary custody and I get her every weekend father in jail signed away rights gma

Want to adopt but I no longer agree. What can happen if she tries and I object and when can I request a change of custody

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Apr 7, 2020

If there is a substantial change in circumstance you can always request a change in custody. It would be a good idea to reach out to a family law attorney in your area that can advise you on the best course of action. If you are served with any paperwork regarding the child you need to make sure to... Read more »

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Q: I am wondering if my stepdad can adopt me if my biological dad's rights have been terminated due to abuse?

My biological dad's rights were terminated when I was 4 due to physically and sexually abusing me and my mother. I am now 16 and have been living with my mom and stepdad since I was 5. I'm trying to get adopted by my stepdad but am not sure if I need my birth father's consent, as he... Read more »

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Feb 15, 2020

Since you are under the age of 18 your mother and stepfather would have to file to do all of this. Assuming your biological father’s parental rights have been terminated you would not need his consent either for adoption or for a name change. I would recommend you reach out to an attorney near... Read more »

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Q: Can my husband adopt my son if his biological father does nothing for him?

My sons biological father is court ordered to pay $333 child support but he's over $11,000 behind. I've asked him to call and talk to my son. I've even asked him to buy birthday, and Christmas gifts but never does. I had to have 3 delinquency letters sent out to him do to no child... Read more »

Cheryl Ann Truesdale
Cheryl Ann Truesdale answered on Dec 28, 2018

Failure to support or visit during a continuance six month period can be grounds to terminate parental rights. The biological father, however, can voluntarily relinquish his parental rights and consent to an adoption. I suggest you get a consultation with a lawyer your area since you will need a... Read more »

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Q: Do my boyfriend and I have to be married in order for him to adopt my son and get full custody?

My boyfriend has been in my child’s life since he was born but he isn’t the biological father. The biological father and i does not associate with each other, and hasn’t since the beginning of my pregnancy out of me being scared of him and what he may do to my and my child.

Cheryl Ann Truesdale
Cheryl Ann Truesdale answered on Oct 19, 2018

A spouse of a biological parent can adopt that parent's child, but I don't know of a situation where a boyfriend adopted a child. The point of adoption a step-parent adoption is to provide two parents in a stable home for a child. A marriage shows a commitment between two people and a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for South Carolina on
Q: I’m having a baby with another man but plan on marrying my current fiancé of 7 years does that terminate bio dads right

The biological father has been emotionally abusive and unstable on whether he wants to be a part of the child’s life. I have stopped all contact with biological father because of this. I plan on doing an adoption and want to know if he will be able to fight against the adoption if child is born... Read more »

Cheryl Ann Truesdale
Cheryl Ann Truesdale answered on Sep 9, 2018

Marriage to someone other than the putative father does not terminate his parental rights. As for adoption, the putative father's parental rights must be terminated as part of the adoption case. Under South Carolina law, if a parent fails to support or visit a child for a continuous six month... Read more »

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Q: My soon to be 4 yr old son's biological father has never been present in his life. He didnt sign the birth certificate.

But he does pay child support only when his freedom is in jeopardy. My son doesnt know him let alone as his father. My fiance however wants to legally adopt him place his name on the birth certificate and give my son his last name. This is the man my son knows as daddy. How do i go about getting... Read more »

Cheryl Ann Truesdale
Cheryl Ann Truesdale answered on Mar 27, 2018

The father may be willing to sign a consent to relinquish his parental rights in turn for the dismissal of his child support obligation. Alternatively, the grounds to terminate parental rights is if the father has failed to visit or support the child for six months, but the failure to visit or... Read more »

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