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South Carolina Family Court Fees

I. Filing Fees

$150 Filing Fee Required

  • Divorce, Annulment, and Separate Support and Maintenances Actions
  • Support Actions (Child Support, College Expenses, Alimony, and Modification of Child and/or Spousal Support)
  • Child Custody/Visitation Actions
  • Name Change and Correction of Birth Record Actions
  • Domestic and Foreign Adoption Actions
  • Post Dissolution Equitable Distribution Actions
  • Paternity Actions
  • Non-DSS Termination of Parental Rights Actions
$100 Filing Fee Required
  • Registration of Foreign Divorce Decrees (fee waived if custody or support is addressed in the decree)

Filing Fee Not Required

  • DSS Abuse and Neglect Actions
  • Juvenile Delinquency Actions
  • Protection from Domestic Abuse Actions
  • Registration of Foreign Custody Orders
  • Criminal Appeals from Magistrate or Municipal Court [§ 18-21-321(11)]
  • Post Conviction Relief Cases (§ 17-27-20)
  • Petitions by Minors for Judicial Consent for Abortion [§ 44-41-34(B)]
  • Cases restored after being ended in error
  • Cases granted a new trial before appeal to the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals
  • Cases remanded by way of appeal from Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, or Federal Court
  • Change of Venue Cases (from Family Court to Family Court)
  • Satisfaction of Judgment
  • Cases filed accompanied by an order granting a Motion for Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis [Rule 3(b)(1), SCRCP].
  • Note: No fee is charged to a defendant or respondent for filing an answer, return or other papers in any civil action or proceeding, in a court of record (§ 8-21-310(12).
  • Registration of Foreign Divorce Decrees addressing support or custody
  • Registration of Foreign Support Orders
  • Cases filed when a party is represented by an attorney working on behalf of or under the auspices of a legal aid society, a legal services or other nonprofit organization, or the South Carolina Pro Bono Program (written certification from the attorney required) pursuant to Rule 3(b)(2), SCRCP.
  • UIFSA Actions

II. Motion Fees

Please review the September 29, 2016 Court Order and Motion Fee List.