ADOPTION IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

Unfortunately, for some families, bringing a new baby into a childless or expanding family requires the assistance of an adoption attorney. Adoption establishes a legal parent-child relationship between adults and children who aren’t necessarily related by blood. At the same time, adoption permanently severs the relationship between the child and his biological parents and their families, relieving them of their legal rights and obligations toward the child.   There are different types of adoptions, each with different requirements. The family law attorneys at GHMA | LAW provide a wide variety of adoption related legal representation.

Step-Parent Adoptions

It is common for step-parents to adopt children that they have already assumed responsibilities for to make one family unit. Generally, step-parent adoptions are less restrictive than non-relative adoptions. While a pre-placement or home study is not required,  there are requirements about the length of time a step-parent must be married and resided with the child. The most common issue that arises in these adoptions is if  the biological parent does not consent. When this occurs an action for the court to terminate rights must be done prior to the adoption. Since a step-parent adoption doesn’t sever the biological parent’s relationship to the child like other adoptions, there are other issues to be addressed such as the biological parent’s support obligations and rights after the adoption that a knowledgeable attorney can answer and guide you though. 

Blood Relative Adoptions including Grandparents

Many times, grandparents and other extended family need ways to create a more cohesive family unit for the best interest of the child. Adoption of a child related by blood is one way that families do this. While the adoption process for relatives is not as complex as other adoptions, nor does it require a pre-placement or home study,  there are numerous documents that must be completed and submitted to the court. It also may become necessary to have a court terminate the rights of the biological parents if they refuse to consent. 

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DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY?

The family law attorneys at GHMA | LAW work with both adopting parents and biological parents. If you are considering adoption it is imperative that you seek the assistance of an experienced attorney. The adoption process can be challenging. Failure to follow the many requirements involved can mean delays or even denials. A knowledgeable attorney can advise you of your options and help you determine what is most beneficial to you and your family during this time.  

Patrick McCroskey and Janet Amburgey are both board-certified specialists in family law and have extensive experience in adoptions.  They are dedicated to helping clients understand the adoption process and avoid unnecessary complications. If you are planning to adopt a child in North Carolina call GHMA | LAW for compassionate and effective counsel. 

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ADOPTION IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

Unfortunately, for some families, bringing a new baby into a childless or expanding family requires the assistance of an adoption attorney. Adoption establishes a legal parent-child relationship between adults and children who aren’t necessarily related by blood. At the same time, adoption permanently severs the relationship between the child and his biological parents and their families, relieving them of their legal rights and obligations toward the child.   There are different types of adoptions, each with different requirements. The family law attorneys at GHMA | LAW provide a wide variety of adoption related legal representation.

Step-Parent Adoptions

It is common for step-parents to adopt children that they have already assumed responsibilities for to make one family unit. Generally, step-parent adoptions are less restrictive than non-relative adoptions. While a pre-placement or home study is not required,  there are requirements about the length of time a step-parent must be married and resided with the child. The most common issue that arises in these adoptions is if  the biological parent does not consent. When this occurs an action for the court to terminate rights must be done prior to the adoption. Since a step-parent adoption doesn’t sever the biological parent’s relationship to the child like other adoptions, there are other issues to be addressed such as the biological parent’s support obligations and rights after the adoption that a knowledgeable attorney can answer and guide you though. 

Blood Relative Adoptions including Grandparents

Many times, grandparents and other extended family need ways to create a more cohesive family unit for the best interest of the child. Adoption of a child related by blood is one way that families do this. While the adoption process for relatives is not as complex as other adoptions, nor does it require a pre-placement or home study,  there are numerous documents that must be completed and submitted to the court. It also may become necessary to have a court terminate the rights of the biological parents if they refuse to consent. 

Check our posts below for further information about Adoption. >>>

DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY?

The family law attorneys at GHMA | LAW work with both adopting parents and biological parents. If you are considering adoption it is imperative that you seek the assistance of an experienced attorney. The adoption process can be challenging. Failure to follow the many requirements involved can mean delays or even denials. A knowledgeable attorney can advise you of your options and help you determine what is most beneficial to you and your family during this time.  

Patrick McCroskey and Janet Amburgey are both board-certified specialists in family law and have extensive experience in adoptions.  They are dedicated to helping clients understand the adoption process and avoid unnecessary complications. If you are planning to adopt a child in North Carolina call GHMA | LAW for compassionate and effective counsel. 

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