Little Rock Adoption Attorneys

Working with adoptive and birth parents involved in adoption in Little Rock, Arkansas and the surrounding areas

Whether you are a parent considering giving your biological child up for adoption or you are seeking to bring a new family member into your home, you should speak to an attorney about your situation. The assistance of an attorney will ensure that your adoption goes as smoothly as possible and that you are fully apprised of your legal rights throughout the entire process.

At Destiny Law, we are committed to providing counsel and advice to anyone involved in the adoption process. Regardless of your role, the outcome of an adoption case can have a substantial and long-term impact on your life. To discuss your situation or simply to learn more about adoption, call our office today.

Protecting the Rights of Birth Parents

Birth parents who are considering adoption should be certain to consult with a lawyer. It is important to understand that when you give your child up for adoption, you are relinquishing all of your parental rights as to the child.

Providing Guidance and Representation to Adoptive Parents

Adoptive parents often have many questions about the process of adopting a child and may not even know where to begin. A lawyer can help get the process started and explain and help prepare for the many steps that occur along the way. The representation of an attorney will ensure that your rights are protected and that you go into your adoption aware of all relevant facts.

Assisting with Stepparent Adoptions

Individuals who have married a person with a child from a previous relationship may develop a strong parent-child relationship with that child. While you may feel like a father or a mother to the child, the law may not recognize stepparents as having parental rights. As a result, many stepparents choose to adopt their stepchildren.

There are many benefits to adopting a stepchild, including the following:

  • The ability to make decisions about education, medical care, religion, and other important issues
  • The potential rights to visitation, custody, or child support, should you and your spouse divorce in the future
  • Fortification of the family unit and providing your stepchild with a sense of security regarding your parent-child relationship

Importantly, issues can arise when the child’s other parent does objects to the termination of his or her parental rights. For this and various other reasons, stepparents seeking to adopt should be certain to contact an attorney before starting the process.

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Grandparent Adoption

Grandparent adoption, like stepparent adoption, is easier to obtain than other types of adoptions. Usually, the requirement of a homestudy is waived in those cases.

Requirements:

Consent is required of a biological mother usually. Consent of a father who is unmarried may be waived if certain conditions are met, although notice may be required to be given, depending on the circumstances. If required and the location of the father is unknown, the Court has several other requirements that it can impose to attempt to locate the father and give the required notice. One way Courts may accomplish this is to require that the party hire’s a special attorney, known as an ad litem attorney to attempt to locate the father and give notice. Another way, is that the Court may require notice by publication in a newspaper.

Contact a Little Rock Adoption Lawyer

Adoption is a complicated legal process that can have a profound impact on the lives of everyone involved. For this reason, it is critical for anyone involved in an adoption to retain an attorney to ensure that they are fully informed about their rights and responsibilities. To schedule a consultation with one of Little Rock adoption attorneys, contact us at 501-372-1200.