Huntsville, AL Adoption Lawyers

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Adoption is deeply a personal experience no matter what the familial situation is, but it can be especially sensitive for stepparents who have no legal rights to children that you’re the real parent of while their biological parent is MIA. At Foxtrot Family Law, we understand how challenging it can be to make matters official with your stepchild. If you’ve opened your heart to your stepchild and are concerned about their biological parents showing back up in their life and insisting on reconnecting, we can help you navigate the process of legal adoption.

We know that your family’s future depends upon this case, which is why we treat your situation with the care it deserves so that we can help you reach the best possible outcome for your family. If you’re considering completing your family, call Foxtrot Family Law today to request a consultation with one of our Huntsville adoption lawyers and learn about your next steps.

Why Do I Need A Lawyer For My Adoption Case?

Adoption law in Alabama can present an array of challenges that can be difficult to handle alone. Enlisting the help of a seasoned professional can give you better odds at reaching a more favorable result. In addition to offering you legal guidance, an adoption lawyer can also…

  • Help you understand Alabama’s adoption laws – A lawyer can explain which laws are applicable to your case and ensure that you remain legally compliant.
  • Help you prepare all necessary documentation – There are many pieces of paperwork that are a part of the adoption process like consent forms, background checks, birth certificates, and more. A lawyer can ensure you prepare, file and submit paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Ensure consent – When birth parents are involved, a lawyer can assist in obtaining necessary consent or with terminating parental rights.
  • Represent you in court – A lawyer can represent you during hearings and court proceedings.
  • Safeguard your risks – A lawyer will ensure that your rights as well as your best interests are protected.
  • Prevent the Adoption from being overturned – if the right procedure is not followed, a court order for Adoption can be overturned–even years later.
  • And more!

Requirements For Huntsville Adoption Lawyers

If you wish to make the commitment of becoming a parent in the state of Alabama, there is a list of requirements that you must meet in order to do so, including:

  • 19+ years of age
  • If you’re married and adopting a step-child, the child must have lived with you for at least 1 year (this requirement may be waived by the Court).
  • You must have appropriate housing and personal space for the child you’re adopting.
  • You must be healthy enough to take care of the child.
  • You must undergo a background check, including any criminal history.

There may be additional steps that must take place before you can legally become the adoptive parent. The steps might include meeting the requirements, submitting an application, attending mandatory Trauma Informed Partnering for Permanence and Safety (TIPS) meetings, completing a family profile and home study and waiting for approval, reviewing background information and hosting pre-placement visits, going through the legal sanction process by the court system so that the child can become legally your own and, finally, making matters official. (Your family’s unique circumstances might involve more or significantly fewer steps than those discussed above, but that makes it all the more important to work with legal professionals like the Huntsville adoption lawyers at Foxtrot Family Law).

How Foxtrot Family Law Can Help You

At Foxtrot Family Law, we understand how frightening and frustrating it can be knowing that you are the real parent without having any of the real rights that you and your family deserve. We believe in the love and courage you have for your child and are prepared to work diligently to help you make your family permanent. We are grateful to serve many families in our community that have chosen to take action and complete their families with adoption. Call today to request a consultation with one of our Huntsville adoption lawyers and learn about the next steps in the adoption process.

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