Adopting a child can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. However, it can also be a very stressful experience, as the process of adoption can be a difficult one. It is especially crucial that it is done correctly so that families can rest assured that nothing will come along to disturb the relationships that have been built.
Adoption can be a very emotional process. Hiring a lawyer who has worked in the area of adoption and who has the personal experience of adopting a child themselves can be very helpful. Attorney Jewitte Dooley has the personal and legal experience. As an adoptive parent herself, Jewitte has understanding of the joy of adopting a child. At Jewitte Dooley Law, we provide legal representation with a personal touch for families seeking to grow their family through adoption.
The South Carolina Adoption Act
The South Carolina Adoption Act establishes procedures for the adoption of children and provide for their well-being. It also limits adoption to residents of South Carolina, with the following exceptions; when:
The child has special needs;
The best interests of the child would be served by placement out of state;
The child is to be placed with a biological relative or one related by marriage;
One of the adoptive parents is stationed out of state in the military; or
The child has been in foster care for at least six months and no South Carolina resident has been identified to provide the child’s prospective adoptive home.
Step-Parent and In-Family Adoption
At Jewitte Dooley Law, we also have experience with step-parent and in-family adoptions. If you have questions about the process of adopting your step-children or another child in your family, please give us a call.
Separately from the adoption process, parents do occasionally have disputes that involve adoption, and require legal representation to help them through these disputes in court. For example, when a couple seeks to adopt a child, but the adoption is contested by one of the biological parents.
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Jewitte Dooley offers representation in Lexington, South Carolina and surrounding areas. Whatever the situation, we will help you find a resolution. To find out more about how we can help you, contact us today for a consultation.