Decatur, AL Stepparent Adoption Lawyers

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At Foxtrot Family Law, we understand that the process of adopting your stepchild is something that should not be taken lightly. It’s a big deal to open your heart and home to a child that isn’t biologically your own. No matter what your reasons for adopting are, it’s a sensitive matter to navigate (both personally and legally).

Whether you’re concerned about an inactive birth parent showing up announced and expecting a relationship with your child, or you’re simply looking to make matters official, our Decatur stepparent adoption lawyers can guide you through the steps of that process. You and your child’s future depend on the outcome of your case, which is why we are passionate about helping you reach your ideal outcome.

If you’re ready to take the next step in completing your family, call Foxtrot Family Law today to request a consultation and discover your next steps.

Decatur Stepparent Adoption Lawyers

How Does Adoption In Alabama Work?

The most common way for a stepparent to adopt a child in Alabama is by filing a petition for adoption with the probate court in the county where the Child lives. Because the United States Constitution protects a biological parent’s right to raise their children, your stepparent adoption attorney must comply with”due process” in an adoption case by providing the proper legal notice to the biological parent and obtaining their lawful written consent, which is necessary in all types of adoption cases, including stepparent adoptions. There are strict legal requirements associated with both of these processes and if they aren’t properly met, the adoption can be declared legally void.

How A Decatur Stepparent Adoption Lawyer Can Help

While adoption is a joyous thing, the legal process can present a variety of challenges that can be hard to accomplish on your own. Having the professional assistance of a Decatur stepparent adoption lawyer can offer you several advantages and provide you with peace of mind during an emotional transition. In addition to legal advice, they can also…

  • explain Alabama’s adoption laws to ensure you’re aware of all of the laws that are applicable to your case
  • help you prepare and complete tedious paperwork so that you can avoid making mistakes that may delay or compromise your adoption
  • handle consent if a birth parent is involved
  • represent you in court proceedings and advocate for your rights and interests.
  • and more!

What Requirements Must I Meet To Legally Adopt In Decatur?

In order to adopt a steppchild in Decatur, Alabama:

  • You must be 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 are other requirements you’ll need to meet, including the completion of an adoption application and family profile, attending mandatory Trauma Informed Partnering for Permanence and Safety (TIPS) meetings, undergoing a home study (and waiting for approval), hosting pre-placement visits, and going through the legal court process to assume all of the rights and privileges of a biological/natural parent.

Call Foxtrot Family Law Today!

We know how frustrating it can be to be a child’s true parent, but not be recognized by the state as such. We are passionate about helping stepparents like you complete the adoption process so you can continue creating a wonderful life with your child while knowing they are officially and legally your own. Our Decatur stepparent adoption lawyers have 35+ years of combined experience with Alabama’s family laws, so you can trust that we do what it takes to fight for your rights and the future of your family. Call today to request a consultation! 

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