Get Legal Help with Adoption

An adoption can be one of the most rewarding experiences in the lives of new parents and their adopted children. However, it is also important to understand your legal rights and responsibilities at every step of the adoption process. While a successful adoption is an extremely rewarding experience, related legal matters can make the process of going through an adoption extremely stressful and emotional. Therefore, it is generally a good idea to have an experienced adoption attorney by your side. He or she can help make going through the adoption process as smooth and easy as possible. Perhaps even more importantly, your attorney can work to ensure that your interests, as well as your child's interests, are protected to the fullest extent possible.

Common Adoption Issues and Questions

In any adoption, there are a number of legal and/or personal issues that may arise, ultimately complicating and prolonging the adoption process. Some common issues or questions adopting parents often raise, include:

  • What can be expected from the adoption process?
  • Which method of adoption should be used (confidential, mediated, or open adoption)?
  • What rights do same-sex couples have when it comes to adoption?
  • What are some alternatives for same-sex parents if adoption isn't possible?
  • Who can legally adopt a child?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of using an "agency" versus a "private" adoption?
  • How does international adoption work?
  • What are the costs associated with international adoption?
  • What steps are needed to obtain citizenship for a child adopted from a different country?

How an Adoption Attorney Can Help

As you can see, there are an endless number of questions you are likely to encounter as you start the adoption process. Not only can an adoption attorney answer these questions for you, he or she may also raise issues or concerns you may not have even considered.

No matter the specific circumstances of your adoption case, now is the time to make sure you have an experienced adoption attorney to guide you through the process. Perhaps more so than in other types of civil law cases, the stakes in an adoption case are extremely high. The outcome of your case can seriously impact you, the people you care about, as well as your financial situation. An experienced family law attorney will evaluate your case with you -- explaining what you can expect at every stage in the adoption process, and identifying your options. He or she will represent your interests and protect your legal rights, all with the goal of ensuring that the outcome of your case is as favorable to you as possible.

Finding an Experienced Adoption Attorney

To find an adoption attorney or law firm to help you with any legal issue related to adoption, you can click on the links under the "Attorneys in Your Area" heading on the right side of this page. These links will refer you to experienced attorneys near you. You can also use the FindLaw Lawyer Directory by going to the "Find a Lawyer" box near the upper left corner of this page.

Next Steps

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