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Raymond William Godwin

Adoption Attorney at Greenville, SC

5.0   56 reviews
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  • Licensed for 41 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1982
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Raymond

Learn Raymond’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    Our mission is to provide legal counsel to prospective birth mothers and adoptive parents in all manner of adoption categories. We assist in newborn, step-parent, adult, and foster care adoptions as well as domestications and re-adoptions.

    34 years

  2. Family

  3. Child custody
    Attorney Raymond Godwin's former experience as a contract attorney for the Department of Social Services and his involvement in many state and foster adoption cases give him the legal knowledge you need to complete your adoption.

    34 years


In the 1980s I had the wonderful experience of becoming an adoptive parent. Erica, my older daughter, was born in 1988, and my experience with her birth mother took place over a period of four months. Although the adoption progressed smoothly,there were still many trying circumstances along the way. Approximately two and a half years later, I was blessed again to become the adoptive father to another little girl, Elizabeth, who joined our family in just three weeks.

As an adoptive parent, I can attest to the fact that the time, uncertainty, and emotional trials you will face during the adoption process are quickly forgotten once you hold your child in your arms for the first time. Because I experienced the same fears and concerns during my adoptions that you, too, may face, as your attorney I can offer you not only a unique understanding of the struggles related to your adoption but also a personal commitment to building your family through adoption.

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Creating forever families


Raymond W. Godwin, Attorney at Law, PC
1212 Haywood Road
Ste. 400A
Greenville, SC, 29615


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Posted by Whitney | April 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience!
Working with Ray and his team created an atmosphere of calmness, trust, and faith. They helped us from the beginning to the end, and were there every step of the way. I would recommend Ray Godwin and his team to anyone, and I have, many times.
Posted by Elizabeth | March 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Ray’s and his office staff are kind , courteous and extremely knowledgeable. They respond to your emails and phone calls in a timely manner. When we had questions they always presented us with clear cut answers. Trust your instinct, his office is who you want helping you navigate this unfamiliar journey.


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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Raymond W. Godwin Attorney at Law PC
  • 1989 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Department Of Social Services, Division Of Legal Services
  • 1994 - 1998
  • Attorney
  • Guardian Ad Litem Office Of The Governor
  • 1994 - 1998


  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Bob Jones University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (S.C. 2013) 404 S.C. 483, 746, S.E.2d 51 (aka Baby Girl Veronica Case)
  • Custody Awarded to Clients
  • Doe v. Baby Girl (S.C. 2008) 376 S.C. 267, 657 S.E.2d 455
  • Custody Awarded to Clients


  • Christian Legal Society
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Children's Law Committee-SC Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Compass of Carolina
  • Chairman
  • 2000 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • South Carolina Lawyers Hall of Fame
  • Lawyers Weekly
  • 2019
  • Angels in Adoption
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
  • 2010
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  • Adams Media
  • The Complete Adoption Book
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Adoption Matters
  • 2016
  • B-annual Conference
  • Children's Records
  • 2016
  • Yearly Conference
  • Adoption Law
  • 2015
  • quarterly conference
  • Adoption
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Adoption Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Godwin for 30 plus years and have worked with him on numerous cases. I have known him to be extremely knowledgeable and proficient in his area of practice and a man of great integrity."
Adoption Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ray is skilled, ethical, and fair."
Adoption Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Ray in adoptions in the past 14 years. He is extremely knowledgeable and very professional."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Raymond. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Adoption Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Raymond Godwin is an attorney with integrity. The area of law he has chosen to concentrate on must be handled with great care and he has proven time and again that he is the attorney to do it. His books are amazing resources for anyone considering going down the adoption path. I highly recommend Mr. Godwin."
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Greenville Adoption Lawyer Raymond William Godwin
Raymond William Godwin
Adoption Attorney
Greenville, SC
Licensed for 41 years
Virtual consultation available