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Should You Have an Attorney to Adopt a Child?

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If you are pursuing adoption or are just starting to look into your options, call Blood Law to speak with an experienced attorney. Our attorneys are well-versed in all types of adoptions and understand the emotional highs and lows as well as uncertainties that come with this process. 

Adoption Is A Legal Process

It is crucial to understand that adoption is a legal process. Through adoption, you have legal rights and options, but you also have responsibilities and obligations. Hiring an attorney can help you understand all of them. They can also ensure that your adoption is entirely legal and secure, so there are no problems down the road. The last thing you want is to adopt a child, assuming the legal rights and responsibilities as their legal parent and bond with them to learn that something went wrong in the process.

With the adoption process comes legal filings and paperwork, which is often confusing to the average person. When you hire an attorney, they can ensure that you file the necessary paperwork and motions at the appropriate times. If you are required to attend any adoption hearings, your attorney will accompany you and let you know what to expect. According to the Child Information Gateway, over 100,000 children are adopted in the United States each year. While adoption brings many heartfelt and joyous moments for parents and their children, it also brings many questions and legal ramifications. Like many potential adoptive parents, you might be wondering if you need an attorney. 

You may be required to have home studies done to qualify to adopt a child. Some couples require multiple home studies, a process in which a social worker or adoption agency comes to your home and conducts interviews to determine if it is suitable for a child. Your lawyer can help prepare you for these home studies to ensure both you and your home are ready.

Identified Adoptions

Even if you know of someone or personally know someone who wants to give their parental rights to you, the adoption still needs to be made legal. If you have a potential birth mother who wants to relinquish their parental rights to you, a lawyer could be the only professional you need to complete the adoption process. By working with one attorney or a small number of professionals, you can keep the adoption process simpler and reduce your out of pocket expenses. 

Call An Experienced Charlotte Adoption Law Firm 

Depending on the circumstances of your adoption, you may or may not need or be required to have a lawyer. However, it is always a good idea to have a lawyer who specializes in family law and adoption services on your side. Adoptions require a large investment of time, money, and emotions. By hiring an attorney, you can help protect these precious investments. 

For your no-obligation case evaluation from an experienced lawyer, call Blood Law today at 704946.8083 or use our convenient online contact form