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    Default Mother Voluntarily Giving Up Custody of Child

    My question involves a child custody case from the State of: SC
    Hi, my finacee and I was informed by his child mother that she no longer wanted the responsibility of motherhood and feels like the child would be better off with us. Yes she said that. Anyway my question is if she is doing this on her own accord, do we still need to have a lawyer facilitate this or is this something we can do on our own. Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Mother Voluntarily Giving Up Custody of 10y/O Daughter

    Your boyfriend and the mother can file a stipulated agreement with the court for him to have full legal and physical custody. You will not be involved at this point.

    If, after you and your boyfriend have been married at least a year, he wishes you to do a step-parent adoption, you will need an attorney, even if mom is still 100% in agreement.

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    Default Re: Mother Voluntarily Giving Up Custody of 10y/O Daughter

    Thanks a lot. So Family Court should be able to guide him in that direction?

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    Default Re: Mother Voluntarily Giving Up Custody of 10y/O Daughter

    No. The court cannot and will not guide him to any great extent.

    However, many courts have self-help centers where pro se/pro per (representing themselves) litigants can get help.
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    Default Re: Mother Voluntarily Giving Up Custody of 10y/O Daughter

    Custody is really not a DIY project.

    The father needs to protect his interests with an attorney.

    However, he needs to be prepared for the court to deny mom giving up rights. Courts like children to have two parents to support them. Just saying, "I don't want to be a parent anymore" isn't usually enough to get someone off the financial hook.

    If it was, there would be no such thing as deadbeat parents.
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