Step-parent adoptions are among the most common form of adoption in the United States and create stability for children. Our highly experienced staff is dedicated to helping facilitate the adoption of step- children. A step parent adoption, typically resulting from a marriage between people with children, The adoption is by a stepparent who assumes financial and legal responsibility for his/her spouse’s child(ren), and the non-custodial parent is released from all parenting responsibilities. These types of adoptions are generally simpler than other types of adoption and usually problem free. Stepparent adoption law varies from state to state. We guarantee that your stepparent adoption documents will be accurate and that all courts will accept it for filing as meeting or exceeding their standards, or you get 100% of your money back.
When the stepparent adoption is finalized by the Court, your adopted child will receive a new birth certificate, showing the new parent listed on the birth certificate, and also showing the child’s new name.
Before you file a Petition for Adoption in your state you must be able to establish that you have been a resident of the state for six months prior to the date that you file. This information must be included in your filing, and proof of residency, such as a driver’s license, must be presented and proved at the final hearing
Grounds for the termination of parental rights.
The most common grounds for termination of parental rights in a stepparent adoption involve: Natural parent is deceased. Abandoned the child or children, Failure to provide any support the child whether financial or emotional support for six months prior to filing date of this petition with the courts. Imprisonment, Abuse and a few other grounds. Each state’s set of grounds is different and we at Dependable Adoption have the highly experienced staff that will help you through the process. The natural father will have no rights if one or more of the above requirements have been met. In South Dakota , the absent parent has given implied consent to adoption or relinquishment pursuant to Section 26-10A-9 as outlined below: The absent parent has abandoned the child, failing to offer financial or emotional support for a period over 6 months from the filing of this petition. the absent parent has given implied consent to adoption or relinquishment pursuant to Section 26-10A-9 as outlined below: The natural father failed to comply with Section 26-10C-1, which deals with the putative father.
SOUTH DAKOTA COURT ADDRESSES.
Our documents are for the entire STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA
You must file the adoption documents in the Family Court in your county. Court addresses for counties are below:
Richland County Family Court: 1701 Main Street, Rm 205, Columbia, SC 29202
Lexington County Family Court: 205 east main St ste 146, Lexington, SC 29072-3599
Charleston County Family Court: 100 Broad Street Suite 106, Charleston, SC 29401
Beaufort County Family Court: 102 Ribaut Road, Rm. 208, Beaufort, SC 29901
Dorchester County Family Court: 101 Ridge Street, St. George, SC 29477
York County Family Court: -1675-1G York Highway, York, SC 29745
Greenville County Family Court: 305 e North St, Greenville SC 29601
Florence County Family Court: 180 N. Irby St, Florence, SC 29501
Horry County Family Court: 1301 2nd Avenue, Conway, SC 29528
Georgetown County Family Court: 129 Screven Street, Suite 221, Georgetown, SC 29442
COURT FILING FEE
The court filing fees for a adoption in South Dakota is approximate $25.
the publication fee is about $65.
There many also be a home study fee that is paid later in the adoption process. Check with your local court for the amount.
SERVING THE ABSENT PARENT.
Many stepparent adoptions, the absent parent is willing to sign a consent form to termination their parental rights and consents to the adoption. This will be a little easier because the court will know right from the start that all parties agree to the stepparent adoption. Too Many of our customers don’t know where the other parent is, or the other parent just won’t sign any documents for whatever there selfish reason may be. In this situation, you will file the adoption documents and then serve the absent parent by one of the following options:
1.Whereabouts of the other parent is UNKNOWN:
If you don’t know and can’t find the absent parent, we will provide you with the proper document to then serve the parent by publication. This is a notice that is published in a local newspaper once a week for 4 weeks. The publication fee for the newspaper is about $65 depending on where you live. Upon the filing of the Document the clerk will direct that service of notice be done by publication in a newspaper in the county in which you filed the adoption.
2. The parent won’t sign, but the grounds do exist for the adoption:
If you know where the other parent is, but he/she won’t sign for whatever the reason, you can have that parent served by a private process server or the local Sheriff’s department. Even if the non-signing parent is in any type of prison.
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