If you are considering adopting a child, you are likely aware of how complicated
the process can be. Whether you are preparing for adoption or are already
in the middle of welcoming a child to your family, it’s important
that you have strong legal guidance on your side. While it is sometimes
possible to complete an adoption without the help of an attorney, it is
always best to have experienced legal counsel on your side in case a problem
arises. Adoption agencies usually assign an adoption attorney to you when
you decide to work with them, but depending on your situation and your
needs as prospective parents, it may be best to seek your own legal representation.
Adoptions can take place under several different circumstances. Whether
you hope to adopt a child from an agency or formally adopt a relative
or stepchild, there are plenty of ways in which adoption can bring families
together. Adoption attorneys can help with open or closed adoptions, depending
on how much involvement the adoptive parents wish to allow their birth
parents, as well as foster parent adoptions and same-sex couple adoptions.
An adoption attorney can help with the following aspects of adoption:
The adoption process as a whole can be very overwhelming. Having an adoption
attorney on your side can help you stay ahead of the game. An experienced
attorney familiar with adoption laws in your state, and beyond, if your
adoption is out-of-state, and will be able to adequately guide you as
your adoption moves forward. Without an attorney, you will be left to
figure out each new step on your own, but an adoption lawyer can provide
the guidance you need while also protecting your interests and those of
your soon-to-be child.
Additional Representation & Communication
It can sometimes be difficult to find the time to contact all of the agencies
you need to in order to get each step of your adoption squared away within
all necessary time constraints. An adoption attorney can help you with
everything relating to the adoption process, including coordinating meetings,
gathering paperwork, and acting as your representative when necessary.
Your attorney can contact your prospective adoption agency or the birth
mother you’ve chosen, representing your interests and protecting
your rights. Even with your involvement, the support of a skilled legal
representative can help speed the process along and simplify some of the
most complex issues.
Protection for Your Interests
Most adoption agencies use their own set of criteria to match adoptive
parents to their prospective children, but sometimes those matches don’t
align with the wishes of the parents. Likewise, adopting from a relative
or directly from a birth mother can be complicated and may sometimes lead
to arguments or emotional difficulties. Having an adoption attorney on
your side means you will have someone in your corner, speaking with the
agency or birth parents to ensure your wishes and choices are heard. Adopting
a child is one of the biggest decisions you can make in your life, which
is why it is crucial that your voice is heard.
Extra Protection for Same-Sex Couples
While same-sex couple adoptions have become more accepted in most areas,
there are still some adoption agencies or birth mothers who can make same-sex
adoption difficult. An adoption attorney can help assert your rights in
an adoption and protect your interests as prospective parents. From drawing
up initial agreements to signing the finalized paperwork with the birth
mother at the hospital, your adoption attorney can prove vital in the
If you are considering adoption, or you need a legal representative to
help with your current adoption, our firm can help. Our attorneys have
a thorough understanding of adoption law and we have the experience necessary
to help you add to your family.
Contact the Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny
to discuss your case with our family law attorney.