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The Family Court has exclusive jurisdiction over all matters involving domestic or family relationships. Pursuant to this provision, the Family Court is the sole forum for the hearing of all cases concerning marriage, divorce, legal separation, custody, visitation rights, termination of parental rights, adoption, support, alimony, division of marital property, and change of name.

The court also generally has exclusive jurisdiction over minors under the age of seventeen alleged to have violated any state law or municipal ordinance. However, most traffic, fish, and game law violations are still triable in the magistrate or municipal courts. Serious criminal charges may be transferred to the Circuit Court.

Contact Information

St George Summerville
FAMILY COURT

(843) 563-0360

(843) 832-0360
SCHEDULING (843) 563-0381 (843) 832-0381
CHILD SUPPORT (843) 563-0376 (843) 832-0376

Personnel

Clerk of Court 

Cheryl L. Graham
212 Deming Way

P.O. Box 1885

Summerville, S.C. 29483
Telephone: (843) 832-0360/ 563-0360
Fax: (843) 832 -0359
Email: cgraham@dorchestercounty.net

Family Court Director Cynthia Lee
212 Deming Way
P.O. Box 1885
Summerville, S.C. 29484
Telephone: 843-832-0360
Fax: 843-832-0359

Family Court is located at 212 Deming Way Dr., Summerville, SC. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm. The office is closed on designated state holidays.

If any copies are needed, you must come into the office and copy them at a cost of 50 cents per page. Our office does not provide research of any kind (record checks). We have a public terminal that is available during office hours. Our office does not provide any child support information over the telephone, only in person with a proper id. A child support payment is mailed out the same day it is posted.

Last updated: 12/7/2016 11:20:20 AM