There are many reasons to consider formalizing your relationship with a child through adoption. Many benefits today are dependent on legal relationships, including health care coverage and inheritances. Your desire to provide for your stepchild, niece, nephew, grandchild, or another child may be hindered by the lack of a legal family connection, and adoption is an appropriate means for accomplishing this in some cases. In other cases, families or individuals may choose to expand or start their families through adoption. Legal issues may seem challenging, but effective representation may ensure that the process moves as efficiently as possible.
Adoption law affects individuals on both sides of the situation. As an individual who is not a biological parent seeks to establish a relationship, there are legal issues involving the termination of parental rights for the biological parent. Situations can become especially challenging with children born out of wedlock if biological parents disagree on the issue of allowing such a child to be adopted. Those seeking to adopt in such a situation may also be faced with challenges based on the change of mind of a biological parent.
Because this area of law is sensitive and challenging, it is helpful to have the guidance of a lawyer who is experienced in this area. Adoption cases can be emotional and difficult, but experience and sensitivity can help as your lawyer explains requirements, issues, and options.
As you seek information about the adoption process, it may help to begin by discussing the options with a lawyer to ensure that this is indeed an option in your situation. If you are opposed to the adoption of your biological child, you may seek information about your options and rights in the case. Read our adoption law page for additional information.
Source: Betsy A. Fishcer, LLC, “Adoption“, December 17, 2014