Columbia, SC Adoption Lawyers
Get the Experienced Legal Assistance You Need to Grow Your Family
The act of adopting a child can be one of the most wonderful times in the life of a parent or child. Not only does the act unite a family legally, it also confers legal obligations for the adopting parent on behalf of the child to which he or she would otherwise not be entitled.
Because adoption guidelines are very strict, it is important that adoptive parents retain a trusted Columbia adoption lawyer who understands the guidelines pertaining to adoptions in South Carolina in order to ensure that their adoption will succeed. If you wish to adopt a child, we can assist you in this critical and life-changing event.
Adoption offers many advantages to the child and adoptive parent, including:
- Couples and individuals unable to have biological children can become parents
- Adoptive parents can obtain full legal custody/parental rights over a nonbiological child
- Allows the adoptive child to inherit the adoptive parent's estate by intestate succession
If you are interested in adoption or are facing difficulties in a current adoption, talk to our adoption lawyer in Columbia, SC during a confidential consultation.
Guiding Adoptive Parents Through the Adoption Process
At Carrie A. Warner, Attorney at Law, we assist all families with adoptions or in obtaining legal custody orders in an effort to unify the family, including same-sex adoptions. We also provide assistance for individuals seeking legal custody over a blood or non-blood individual based upon particular circumstances, such as grandparents seeking custody of their grandchildren.
Guardianship as an Alternative to Adoption in Columbia, SC
Individuals seeking to have legal rights to care for a child may also seek to establish a guardianship. Legal guardians are responsible for many of the same legal duties as adoptive parents, and enjoy many of the same benefits. However, a guardianship does not legally sever the bond between a biological parent and child.
To discuss your intention for either adoption or guardianship, contact an experienced Columbia adoption lawyer, at (803) 994-8171.