5 Ways an Adoption Attorney Makes the Process Easier

Posted on February 18, 2015 02:55pm

Making the decision to adopt a child is an exciting step for your family, but it is important that you are aware of all the processes and choices that come along with such a responsibility. You can benefit from the legal counsel of an Oregon family law attorney to expedite the process and make it more efficient. Here, we examine what you need to know about the process and why you should obtain legal counsel for your adoption.

Know the facts first.

Adoption is a time-consuming and expensive process, and it can take anywhere from several months to several years. It can also cost up to $50,000, depending on the agency you are working and the age of the child. If wish to adopt an older child or an adolescent, the costs are lower than adopting a newborn or a baby. When you have an attorney providing counsel, you can know all the specific facts pertaining to your particular situation, which can better prepare you for the road ahead.

Your concerns can be addressed.

The adoption process can be fairly confusing, especially if you are unsure of where to begin. You can ask a lawyer to help you spur on the process, by referring you to potential adoption agencies, providing you with advice and a supportive shoulder to lean on, and getting your legal paperwork in order.

You must complete a home study.

If you are adopting through an agency, be aware that they take great measures evaluating the fitness of potential parents. You may have several meetings with a social worker or counselor to provide proof of your ability to raise a child. This may include marriage certificates, personal references, or even verification of employment. This is also an opportunity to receive education about welcoming your new child into your home and how best to parent an adopted child. Because there may be many complex laws to navigate through, you should have an attorney to help make sure that all of your affairs are in order.

There are numerous guidelines to follow.

Do you know all of the laws concerning adoption? Are you aware of the different types of adoption? Remember that adoption is a legal process where you establish your parenthood and guardianship over the child. Whether you are working with an agency, conducting a private adoption, or are adopting a child from a foreign country, you will need a lawyer to help make sure that you meet the legal requirements before adopting.

The adoption must be finalized in court.

The first step in the legal process of adoption is to file your petition in court. Then you will need to attend a court hearing. You can enlist an Oregon family lawyer to assist you with the paperwork and represent you during your hearing. If the courts find that the adoption will benefit the child, all of the paperwork is finalized and then the joyous news comes: you become the child’s new legal parent!

We know you may have many more questions about the process, which is why we are here to help. We invite you to call McKinley Irvin to schedule a consultation.

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