Parenting is one of the most transformative events in a family’s life. Whether having a natural child or adopting a child, an addition to your family is undoubtedly exciting, exhilarating and a moment you will never forget. However, adopting a child is an important decision for you and your family. Unfortunately, taking the steps throughout this process can be emotionally taxing, as well as financially heavy, as there are various fees and legal procedures necessary to complete the adoption process.
An adoption lawyer can help you understand the legal requirements and manage the extensive documentation required. There are various types of adoptions to encounter:
- Domestic independent adoptions
- Agency adoptions
- Public agency/foster care
- Step-parent and relative adoptions
- Interstate adoptions
If you are adopting an infant through a private adoption, your attorney will play an important role and care should be taken into selecting the best legal representation. International adoptions should also be within the guardianship of an attorney to protect your interests and that of the child among the international laws that exist.
Below are several reasons to consider an adoption lawyer for your legal representation during your adoption process.
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS (TPR)
The birth parents have legal rights to the child and consent to adoption must be signed to consent to adoption. If both parents have not completed this document, one or both parent has the grounds to attempt to remove the child from your home at a later date. An experienced adoption lawyer will ensure that your adoption covers all legal grounds, helping to alleviate later stress and court appearances.
Are you just starting your adoption journey and have chosen an agency to work with? An adoption lawyer can help you research and evaluate your agency and quickly uncover important issues not readily apparent to you behind fancy marketing and charming employees. Having an unbiased and knowledgeable attorney on your side will keep your research smooth and help handle challenges if they arise.
From birth certificates and other important documentation, your attorney will help ease the organization and completion of this information to make sure that you have everything you need to get your life started together with your new child with limited complication.
An attorney is an important part of your adoption process and should be carefully selected. Ask around for recommendations, or take time to personally consult with proven adoption professionals to get a feel for which attorney group is best for your family’s needs. Choose wisely so that you can get back to celebrating your family and making new memories.