The laws regarding adoption can be very complex and confusing, let us help you navigate through this exciting time to ensure that you get the most rewarding experience in creating your new family.
Adoptions are the most exciting and rewarding subject in family law since you’re helping to bring a new family together. Adoption provides a mechanism for a single person or a couple to voluntary undertake legal responsibility of a child that is not related or natural born to them. For an adoption decree to be considered valid, the birth parents need to provide a release of all rights over their child at which point all legal ties to the child’s natural born parents are severed and the new adopted parents become the child’s natural parents in the eyes of the law.
Through adoption, the new parents will be able to:
- Authorize for medical services or treatment for your children
- Enroll them into your health plan
- Enroll them into a new school
- Speak for them from a legal perspective
The types of adoptions methods most commonly utilized are:
- Open Adoption: allows a child to have a contact or a relationship with their birth parents, or other previous relatives like their grand, after the adoption has taken place. This type of adoption is common when the adopted children are older and have an established relationship with their birth family and for foster children who are being adopted by their foster parents.
- Closed Adoption: is the opposite and no information is provided to either family about each other. The adopting family will not have information on the birth family or vice-versa, and the child will not have any further contact with their birth family. This type of adoption is commonly used when performing an adoption though a private agency and, once the adoption has been completed, the records are sealed.
- Step-parent Adoption: is the most common type of adoption. Through this adoption, a child’s step parent agrees to become their legal parent and assume all legal responsibilities that come with that. Through this process, the non-custodial parent ceases to have legal rights over their child and the step parent becomes the de-facto parent under the eyes of the law. One thing that is very important to note is that when the birth parent ceases their rights, they also cease to have to make child support payments and sometimes visitation rights
- Relative Adoption: is similar to a grandparent adoption, and occurs when a relative assumes legal responsibility over a relative who is a minor child after the birth parents have relinquished legal control.
We can walk hand-in-hand with you through the adoption process in order to complete the dream of many of having their own family.