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Suzanne L Klok

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  • If dss has my grandkids can there mom sign her rights over and they give me the kids

    me daughter was sent to jail she had her kids with her now dss has them can she sign her rights over to me and I get the kids

    Suzanne’s Answer

    If DSS has your grandchildren then they are in DSS custody. You can request that your grandchild be placed in your custody instead of DSS. Usually, DSS will place children with relatives in this type of situation. But you need to hire a lawyer to help you with this process.

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  • Can I transfer the case to the state where I stay?

    I'm located in sc and receive a child support order from florida. I know the laws are different. Florida ordered me to pay 775 $ a month in child support. I need a lawyer from sc to me help me fight this case. I have to other children who also li...

    Suzanne’s Answer

    If the child support order was issued out of the Florida court, the odds are that the Florida Family Court retained jurisdiction over this matter. You will need to consult with/hire a Florida lawyer.

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  • How do i adopt my niece?

    If i want to adopt my niece and her parents are willing what forms does both of them have to sign? My niece has lived with me for over a year in south carolina and her parents live in Texas

    Suzanne’s Answer

    If the parents agree to terminate their parental rights, you would have to file a petition to terminate their parental rights as well as a petition for adoption. A Guardian Ad Litem would have to be appointed by the Court for your grandchild. You will need to hire a lawyer to help you with this process.

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  • 3 years ago I signed over my rights to my son. Can I get them back? I'm from Scar.

    3 years ago I signed over my rights to my son. I didn't want to, I didn't have the ability to fight anymore. I was 21 paying 2 lawyers and $947 in child support. I ran out of money, it was either sign over my rights or not pay child support and lo...

    Suzanne’s Answer

    If your parental rights were terminated then you cannot get them back. If you still have parental rights, you can petition the court for change in custody/visitation. I really depends on what you signed. You need to contact a family law attorney.

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  • Is it legal to move out of your house at 17 in South Carolina?

    I have recently moved out of my house, and my father claims that he's going to force me to come back home involving the law somehow. I just need to have some kind of information, and proof on the subject so I can stay where I am currently living.

    Suzanne’s Answer

    Under the South Carolina Juvenile Justice Code, a “child” means a person less than seventeen years of age. S.C. Code 63-19-20(1). The Juvenile Justice Code defines a “status offense” as an offense that would not be a misdemeanor or felony if committed by an adult. S.C. Code 63-19-20(9). Running away is a “status offense”. S.C. Code 63-19-20(9).

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  • Who has legal custody of a child in South Carolina if the parents were never married?

    I am the mother of a 3 1/2 year old and in June we moved out of her father's house because he was very verbally abusive to both of us. Last year I had read that in South Carolina the mother had custody if the parents were never married and that th...

    Suzanne’s Answer

    If the father is on the birth certificate he is legally your child's father. If not, he has no rights to your child unless he goes to court to establish his paternity. If he is on the birth certificate but you have physical custody of the child, you will most probably be considered the primary caregiver by the courts if visitation/custody becomes an issue.

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  • My husband got a fine for driving in the third lane while driving a semi truck in South Carolina.

    The ticket was only suppose to be a fine and not go against his CDLs. When it came through our state which is Georgia it was listed as a more severe moving violation. His license was suspended for 120 days because of this mistake. Is there anythin...

    Suzanne’s Answer

    Your husband should fight the ticket and go to court, not just pay the fine since he has a Commercial Driver's License. Under federal law, minor or routine offenses can result in a suspension of a CDL.

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  • Does father have to give child to the mother?

    Mother very recently gave child to non custodial father. Child is now enrolled in school and working thru the changes that have been made. Mother wants to come get child for visitation and claims she will return the child. The mother has no hom...

    Suzanne’s Answer

    If the mother gave the child to the father, the father is now the custodial parent unless they had a previous child custody agreement in which the mother was named as the custodial parent by the court. If you have not already filed for child custody you should do so immediately. From your post it seems as if you have. You must allow the mother reasonable visitation. However, if you are concerned about the health and welfare of your child, you may file for an emergency hearing. If you do not have an attorney, you should retain one now.

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  • How can i get sole custody of my unborn child when its born.

    Me and my wife is separated not legally seperated but were currently not together she is pregnant with my child and is due in june she lives with her parents and shares a room with her 4 year old daughter as in wife an daughter share a room its a ...

    Suzanne’s Answer

    In South Carolina, children born during a marriage are presumed to be the children of the husband and wife. If your wife does not list you as the father on your child's birth certificate or lists someone else, you may bring a paternity action to establish that you are the father. After the establishment of paternity, the courts may order a new birth certificate naming you as the father and giving your child your last name, if you request it. Also, you may file an action for child custody and visitation. It is important that you continue to support your unborn child during pregnancy and remain actively engaged. In awarding custody, the courts will look at the best interest of the child, which involves many different factors such as fitness of the parents and their conduct. This issue is complicated and you need to seek specific legal advice from an attorney.

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  • Hi. SC case. Exwife not letting me see the children. Just doesn't show up or respond to communication asking why.

    The first "no show" she responded the kids didn't want to come. No show and no communication since. She is definitely in contempt but I wish to resolve the matter without a Rule to Show Cause Hearing. Those tend to result in punitive action which ...

    Suzanne’s Answer

    The correct mechanism to enforce the terms of a visitation order are to file a rule to show cause for contempt. A motion to compel is not the correct legal mechanism through which to enforce a visitation order. You may file the rule to show cause in the county where your child custody order was issued as family courts are courts of "continuing jurisdiction".

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