Fort Lauderdale Adoption Attorney
Adopting a child is a joyous time for a family. It is so wonderful that families can give a good home to children who need one. However, it is important not to overlook the many complicated legal aspects of the adoption process.
Laws and procedures differ depending on if the adoption is domestic or international, and there is a long process that potential adoptive parents must go through before they are approved to adopt, and before they are able to bring their children home.
There are many different kinds of adoption:
- Stepparent adoption: A step-parent takes on the responsibility of raising the child, thus relieving the birth parent of any obligation.
- Co-parent adoption: This is an option for same-sex couples, and means that one partner will formally adopt the child of the other.
- Relative adoption: Someone related to the child becomes their legal guardian. This may be because the birth parent is no longer able to care for the child, or if the birth parent is incarcerated.
- Birth mother adoption: The adoptive parents will adopt directly from the birth mother.
All adoptions must be approved by the court. The adoptive parents must petition for approval from the court and participate in an adoption hearing. Prior to this hearing, anyone required to give consent to the adoption must receive notice. This can include biological parents, adoptions genies, the child’s legal representative or the child if he or she is old enough to give consent.
If and when the court determines that the adoption is in the best interests of the child, a judge will issue an order approving and finalizing the adoption. The Final Decree of Adoption legalizes the new parent-child relationship and changes the child’s name to the one the adoptive parents have chosen.
In order to make sure everything is taken care of before, during, and after the adoption, you need a professional, caring Fort Lauderdale adoption attorney on your side. The Carroll Law Firm can provide the support and expertise you need to grow your family. Our law office is focused on protecting you and your family, and we have years of experience doing so. No matter the kind of adoption you wish to proceed with, we can help you with the necessary paperwork and make sure that you do everything properly in the eyes of the law.
Call Serena Carroll today at 954-525-2050 for a confidential consultation.