Arab, AL Stepparent Adoption Lawyers

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Adopting is a wonderful thing that is also very sensitive and personal, especially for stepparents who’ve filled the role of primary caretaker for a child they don’t yet have legal rights to. At Foxtrot Family Law, we can help you obtain those rights so that you can make your family official.

We understand the many stressors that come along with opening your home to your stepchild, like wondering if a biological parent who has been missing from their life for years will show up one day and insist on a relationship with them. We are familiar with how to handle situations like these, and will work diligently to guide you through the steps of stepparent adoption.

Call Foxtrot Family Law today to request a consultation with one of our Arab stepparent adoption lawyers. We will help you reach the best possible outcome for your family!

Arab Stepparent Adoption Lawyers

What Does Adoption In Alabama Entail?

Most people file a petition with the probate court in order to adopt their stepchild. Since the United States constitution protects a biological parent’s right to raise their children, your stepparent adoption attorney is required to comply with what is called Due Process. This means they must provide proper legal notice to the biological parent and obtain written consent before adoption can occur.

Additionally, there are other requirements for stepparents to meet, including:

  • Being 19+ years of age
  • If married and adopting a stepchild, the child must have lived with you for at least one year (this requirement can be waived by a judge if they see fit).
  • You must have appropriate housing and personal space for the child that you are adopting.
  • You must be in good health in order to take care of the child.
  • You must undergo a background check.

How Our Arab Stepparent Adoption Lawyers Can Assist You

There are a variety of challenges that the adoption process in Alabama might throw your way. The best way to prepare is to enlist the help of an experienced Arab stepparent adoption lawyer who can assist you with the following:

  • Ensuring you understand Alabama’s adoption laws. We can explain state laws that are applicable to your case so that you remain legally compliant throughout the duration of the adoption.
  • Help you prepare paperwork and other necessary documents. Because there are various forms and pieces of documentation, like birth certificates, background checks, and more involved in the process, it can be easy to overlook important information or make mistakes that could compromise your case. We will leave no stone unturned and ensure that every form is properly filled out and filed on time.
  • Handle consent. Obtaining consent from birth parents can be challenging. At Foxtrot Family Law, we will handle it for you. We can also assist you in terminating parental rights.
  • Advocate for your interests in court. We will represent you during hearings and court proceedings, while also protecting your rights.
  • Take the necessary steps to prevent adoption from being overturned. Adoption is an intricate process that has to be followed carefully. If proper procedure is not taken, a court order for adoption can be overturned even years down the road. Our seasoned Arab adoption lawyers will do everything they can to prevent this from happening.

Call Foxtrot Family Law Today

We know how difficult it can be when you’ve given your heart to your stepchild but aren’t recognized by the state as their “real” parent. We are dedicated to helping stepparents like you make your family official. Call Foxtrot Family Law today to request a consultation and discover your next steps in making your stepchild your own.

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