Under South Carolina’s notice statute, the parental rights of an unmarried father who is required to be notified are terminated if he does not request a hearing within thirty days after receiving the required notice. Though the statute does not directly state the father’s rights are to be terminated it does require the adoptive parents to including the following language in the notice—failure to file a response within thirty days of receiving notice constitutes consent to the adoption of the child and forfeiture of all rights and obligations of the person…with respect to the child. Because the statute requires the adoptive parents to include the language in the notice, South Carolina courts have implied that the father’s rights have been forfeited and he has consented to the adoption of the child if he does not request a hearing within thirty days.

  • Frank Lawrimore

    I was forced to take a paternity test for a child that I did not believe was mine. The reason of my disbelief was because of a drunken night, and I had no memory of having any sort relations with the childs mother due to being “blacked out”. The test came back positive, and I was forced to pay child support. I have never had an encounter with this child but once while we were having the paternity test. I now have my own family and we are struggling with our financial situation due to the massive amount of child support I was ordered to pay. My child that lives with me has to go with out, and can not attend any type of child care due to our lack of money from having to pay support for a child that I never ment to concieve. Is there any way for me to terminate my rights to this child and stop paying child support in the State of South Carolina, if the mother refuses?? It’s not fair to MY family or MYSELF to have to struggle when she took advantage of me and got pregnant while I was in the condition I was in!! What do I do?? Please help…