Little Rock, AR Adoption Attorneys
Adoption attorneys working with adoptive and birth parents 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 to ensure that your adoption goes as smoothly as possible. Adoption is a big decision for both birth and adoptive parents, and it is important 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 adoption attorneys today.
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.
Adoptive parents often have 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.
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:
Importantly, issues can arise when the child’s other parent 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.
Grandparent adoption, like stepparent adoption, is easier to obtain than other types of adoptions. The requirement of a home study is usually waived in these cases.
Usually, consent is required of a biological mother in the event of grandparent adoption. Consent of a father who is unmarried may be waived if certain conditions are met, although notice may be required, depending upon the circumstances. If notice is 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. One way courts may accomplish this is to require that the party hire a special attorney, known as an ad litem attorney, to attempt to locate the father and give notice. The court could also require notice by publication in a newspaper.
Yes, a relative adoption, also called a kinship adoption can happen when a member of the child’s family (such as an older sibling) takes on the responsibility of custodial guardianship. Adopting your sibling is often a viable option in the following situations:
An older sibling adopting a younger sibling may not require parental consent for adoption in some situations, including:
Any child 10 and older must provide his or her consent; however, the court will set aside the child’s consent if it is determined that the adoption is in the child’s best interest.
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 a Little Rock adoption attorney, contact us at 501-372-1200.