Greenville Adoption Attorney
Stepparent Adoptions In South Carolina
Not only did you fall in love with a woman, but you've fallen in love with her kids, too. Now you want to adopt them. Stepparent adoptions are becoming more common in the Palmetto State as couples divorce, remarry and form new families. The lawyers at Temple & Mann are here to help.
Is Parental Consent Required?
It depends upon the situation. If the noncustodial parent has abandoned the child, failed to provide support or hasn't communicated with her or him on a regular basis, you don't have to seek the parent's consent (but you do have to notify him or her of your intention to adopt). Otherwise, you must get the written consent of the biological father or mother.
In some cases, parents have their parental rights terminated because they are incapable of providing for their children, perhaps because of drug use or because they are in prison. Attorney Bobby Mann has represented foster families involved in termination of parental rights cases.
How Long Does Stepchild Adoption Take?
Most adoptions in South Carolina take four to six months to complete. Stepchild adoptions may take less time than third-party adoptions because an investigation on the adoptive parent and background reports on the biological parents are not required. At the discretion of the court, the 90-day waiting period between the day the adoption papers are filed and the final adoption hearing may be waived. Your Greenville adoption lawyer can give you more information about this and other questions you may have regarding stepparent adoptions.
Call For A Consultation
If you are considering adopting your spouse's children, you'll need an attorney to guide you through the process. Contact the adoption attorneys at Temple & Mann today.