Guntersville, AL Stepparent Adoption Lawyers

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While the idea of adopting and completing your family is a great thing, it’s an extremely sensitive process that comes with unique complications, particularly for those who are stepparents to a child they have no legal claim to. It can be extremely disheartening and stressful to know that you’re a child’s true parent, but the state of Alabama does not legally recognize your relationship with them. This can make it challenging to ensure your child’s well-being when you don’t have the power to make important decisions on their behalf.

At Foxtrot Family Law, we understand the complexities of stepparent adoption. Whether you have concerns about a biological parent coming out of the woodwork, or you’re anxious to make your family whole, our Guntersville stepparent adoption lawyers are here to assist you through each step of the legal adoption process. Call now to request a consultation and learn about your next steps!

Guntersville Stepparent Adoption Lawyers

How Does Adoption In Alabama Work?

The adoption process usually begins by one person filing a petition with the appropriate court, and then working with an adoption attorney to ensure they are in compliance with the state’s adoption laws, specifically with what’s called “due process”, which protects a biological parent’s right to raise their children. There are other important requirements that must be met in order to legally adopt your stepchild, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • You must be 19+ years of age.
  • If you’re married and adopting a stepchild, 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 and steps you’ll need to complete, including a thorough application, mandatory TIPS meetings (Trauma Informed Partnering for Permanence and Safety), pre-placement visits, and more.

We understand how overwhelming all of these things can become, but you can rest assured that even the smallest details won’t go unnoticed when working with Foxtrot Family Law. We are prepared to explain every step and requirement so you have complete clarity throughout the adoption process.

Why Do I Need To Work With A Guntersville Stepparent Adoption Lawyer?

Adoption law in Alabama can be difficult to navigate on your own, on top of it already being an emotional process. Working with one of our Guntersville stepparent adoption lawyers is the best way to reach a result that’s not only satisfying, but legally sound.

In addition to legal advice, we can provide…

  • A strong understanding of the adoption process and what’s required of you
  • Assistance with preparing and filing paperwork and documents like consent forms, background checks, birth certificates, and more
  • Assistance with obtaining consent when birth parents are involved
  • Representation in court proceedings
  • Protection of your best interests
  • Assistance in preventing the adoption from being overturned (if that were to occur)
  • And more

Why Choose Foxtrot Family Law

You’ve opened your home and heart to your stepchild, so it makes sense for you to want to be legally recognized as your child’s parent. At Foxtrot Family Law, we understand what a huge impact it will have on your family for you to be the one who gets to make important decisions on behalf of your child. We want to help make this possible. Our Guntersville stepparent adoption lawyers are dedicated to helping you reach the best possible outcome for your family. When you’re ready to make matters official, call Foxtrot Family Law and request a consultation. We will explain your legal options and answer any questions you have.

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