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South Carolina Law Firm Manages the Legal Aspects of Adoption

Knowledgeable lawyer helps clients in the Columbia and Sumter areas add to their families

Adopting a child should be a joyous experience, but a biological parent’s change of heart can turn it into a stressful ordeal. At The Paraclete Law Center, LLC, Attorney Kharimah R. Dessow has substantial experience handling the complex legal procedures and often frustrating red tape of the adoption process for our clients in the Columbia and Sumter areas and throughout the state of South Carolina. We provide the guidance you need to navigate the process and fulfill all requirements so you can focus on welcoming your new family member.

Proven advocate handles a range of adoptions

At The Paraclete Law Center, LLC, we represent clients in the following areas of adoption:

  • Termination of parental rights
  • Paternity registry
  • Private adoptions
  • Domestic adoptions
  • Relative adoptions
  • Consensual adoptions

We understand the requirements that must be met in these situations and will advise you on what you must do to meet them. Our family law attorney provides reliable counsel throughout the process.

Dedicated attorney assists with termination of parental rights

The fear that birth parents may challenge an adoption after it is finalized is a real one for adoptive parents. The suffering associated with a badly handled adoption affects everyone involved — the adoptive parents, the birth parents and the children who are caught in the middle. At The Paraclete Law Center, LLC, we ensure that both the birth and adoptive parents’ rights are respected so that the end result is a final adoption that cannot be challenged. We will substantiate that the birth parents consent to the adoption freely and voluntarily to avoid claims of fraud, duress and coercion that can be grounds for restoring a birth parent’s rights.

Skilled counselor helps clients overcome a biological father’s resistance to an adoption

The biological father has the same parental rights as the biological mother, especially if he is named in the state’s putative father registry and has provided support for the child. Fathers who are active in their children’s lives are generally opposed to adoption, whereas uninterested fathers may be more willing to surrender parental rights voluntarily to be free from support obligations. When a father resists the idea of adoption, a court might terminate the father’s parental rights if the father is an unfit parent and severing the parent-child relationship is in the best interests of the child. Attorney Kharimah R. Dessow takes all necessary steps to identify fathers and obtain their consent, or, when necessary and proper, litigate the matter of the father’s fitness.

Contact our skilled South Carolina adoption firm

Adoption has the potential to bring your family great joy, but only if you can handle all the legal requirements. Our attorney with The Paraclete Law Center, LLC in Columbia provides dependable legal counsel for clients in South Carolina seeking to adopt. Call 803-978-3931 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our office.