If my child’s birth mother put our child up for adoption at the hospital andI knowthat Iam the father, how do I go about getting my child?

What about a paternity affidavit?

Asked on August 30, 2011 South Carolina

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Unmarried Fathers do  not have automatic rights to their child in the state of South Carolina like married fathers do.  Unmarried fathers have to establish their rights under the aw.  There are several ways in which this can be done.  Both unmarried parents can sign a voluntary paternity acknowledgment together at birth to identify the child's legal father. They can also sign the voluntary form after the birth at the State Office of Vital Records or at their county's health department. If the mother does not agree to sign the voluntary form, the man can ask the family court for genetic testing and a paternity court order establishing him as the child's legal father.
Once paternity is established then your rights will kick in.  Get legal help. Good luck.


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