Family Law and Adoption
When you are preparing to go through the adoption process, it can be especially helpful to have an adoption attorney by your side to make sure you have different legal aspects covered. Many people are frustrated with how difficult it can be to adopt a child. Even if you are prepared to bring a child into your loving home, you may not be prepared for the legal road ahead. Below, you will find the answers to some of the most common questions regarding the adoption process and family law. Your attorney will guide you to ensure you have the correct documents filled out and the necessary information provided.
Will my child see their adoption records?
This will depend on various factors, such as the state you are in, the age of your child, and what the biological parents want. In some instances, the biological parents may choose to seal the adoption records. Additionally, in some states, the child may not be able to look at their adoption records until they are 18 years old.
Do we have to go through an adoption court if we choose to have a private adoption?
Many people want to know if going through an adoption agency or having a private adoption will make a difference when it comes to going to court. However, in either case, you will need to have the decision approved by a court. Depending on who is involved in the adoption process, you may have different people attend the adoption hearing in court:
- You and your partner/spouse
- The biological parent(s)
- The adoption agency you went through
- The child[ren], depending on their ages
What will you need to bring with you to court?
When you go to court to adopt a child, you will want to show the court that it is in the child’s best interest to have you adopt them. If you show the court that you will be able to provide for the child, then they will issue an approval of the adoption.
Am I required to use an attorney for the adoption process?
Not necessarily. However, unless you have a background in family law and adoption, the process can be complicated, and representing yourself in court may be difficult. Your family law attorney will make sure that you get the right information in the adoption petition, that all necessary paperwork is filled out and submitted, and that you and your partner are represented in court. This can make all the difference in a successful adoption case.