The adoption of a child is usually one of the most satisfying events in a parent or child’s life. However, it can be very frustrating if not done properly. The attorneys at Mills, Mills & Anderson have years of experience in handling all types of adoptions and can advise you specifically depending on the facts of your case. Below is some basic information to consider prior to your consultation.
There are specific laws that deal with the process of adoption, which can be broken down into three separate categories:
- Step-Parent Adoption
- Relative Adoption
- Adoption Involving Neither a Step-Parent nor Relative
If you are a parent and wish to have your child’s step-parent adopt your son or daughter, this can be done with or without the consent of the biological parent. The process is relatively quick if both biological parents consent. However, if the biological parent objects, his or her rights must be terminated prior to adoption. This necessity will extend the process by a minimum of two months.
The process of relative adoption can also be a quick or lengthy process, depending upon the circumstances. To be considered a relative, and therefore have much of the process waived, the court requires the adopting parties to be related to a certain number of degrees of consanguinity or relationship. Both biological parents will need to consent or their parental rights will need to be terminated, again increasing the length of the process from start to finish.
An adoption of a child by two parents with no relation is often a lengthy and expensive process. However, the greatest expense is not the attorney. Prospective parents often need the services of an adoption agency to complete the statutory requirements that ensure that the home and parents are adequate and safe. Once that process is complete, the attorney takes over and completes the adoption.
Although not common, it is legally possible to adopt an adult as well. In order to do this, both the adoptive parent and adoptee adult must expressly consent to the adoption. Additionally, the consent of the spouse of an adoptive parent and/or adoptee adult is required if either or both are married.
We have completed many adoptions and consider them the highlight of our job. If you are interested in adopting a child or adult, contact us to make an appointment for a consultation.