Is the adoption process as complicated as I’ve heard?

Did you know that in Alabama, there are hundreds of children growing up in foster care waiting to be adopted?.  Adoption is a lifelong commitment and demonstrates love, support and unity.  Whether you are considering adopting a child in foster care or adopting a relative, friend or step-child, the process is not as complicated as you may think.  That is especially true if you have the assistance of an experienced family law attorney.

Every adoption requires a substantial amount of paperwork.  However, experienced family law attorneys can assist in preparing all of the necessary forms for either domestic or international adoptions.  With that assistance, the process is more manageable and easier to navigate.

Stepparent Adoptions

One common type of adoption occurs when one spouse adopts the child of another spouse.  This can be a good idea in “blended families” where insurance coverage is needed, for example.  The consideration of stepparent adoption can arise when the biological parent is no longer a part of the child’s life, either due to abandonment or death.  Either way, adoption by the stepparent will send an important message to the child that he or she is loved and wanted.

If you have a pending adoption, consulting with a family law attorney in Alabama will ensure that you avoid the pitfalls of the unwary.  Although the process is not that daunting, issues can still arise such as the rights of the biological parents.  Having an experienced family law attorney involved from the very beginning will most likely lead to the best outcome.

If your pending adoption is domestic or international, employing a family law attorney can help you avoid the pitfalls that sometimes catch parents unaware. Occasionally, when a couple is just about to become the parents of an adopted child, a problem with the paperwork, the Court, or the biological mother can complicate things. Having an attorney on hand from the beginning gives you a major advantage and can usually lead to better results.

Call our office today for a free consultation, (205) 988-5570.

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