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Will You Need A Family Law Attorney For An Adoption?

Adoption is a legal process that, at least at first blush, sounds like it ought to be fairly simple. Unfortunately for families, there are many scenarios where it will be wise to hire a lawyer. Take a look at four times you should consider hiring a family law attorney to handle an adoption.

Independent Adoptions

Odd though it might sound, adopting a child directly from the birth parents is often more challenging than working with an agency. There's a risk that someone might object, usually one of the two birth parents. Most people don't want to get into fights over parental rights.

In some states, independent adoption may be illegal. Worse, folks paying expenses for the birth parent might be seen as paying for the child. It's prudent to learn what the laws are in your state, and you'll also want to know what the laws are for the child's state of origin. Fortunately, there is a basic workaround that allows you to use an agency while largely dealing directly with the birth parents.

Open vs. Closed Adoption

Some adoptive parents will worry about whether the birth parents will be involved in a child's life. Notably, some view this as a negative and will want to pursue closed adoptions that prevent this sort of interaction. Others believe it's healthy, and they want to see that the child will have answers when the time comes that they start asking questions about the adoption. Neither approach is wrong, but it's important to pick the one that meets your family's needs.

International Adoptions

Many adoptions take place across international borders. This process adds a level of complexity because countries have their own rules. Also, it's wise to have a family law attorney representing your interests while working with an agency. Getting an independent perspective can be invaluable when you're trying to assess the agencies that handle this sort of work. Likewise, you'll want to comply with the rules of both countries.

Demonstrating Fitness for Parenting

Although eligibility to adopt encompasses the vast majority of the population, the court will want to know that the adoption is in the best interests of the child. This means that you'll need to document that you're physically, mentally, and financially fit to be a parent. Even if you already have children, the court will want to see evidence that the home environment will promote the adopted kid's well being.

For more information, contact a family law attorney in your area today.