Carmel Contested & Uncontested Adoption Attorneys
Adoption is a well-known legal process that allows an adult to accept legal responsibility for a child, creating a new parent-child relationship. These proceedings are monitored and approved by a judge and involve multiple steps and legal processes. The first step that you will need to take when seeking to adopt is to file a petition and the correct paperwork. However, before an adoption can even be on the table, the biological parent must have given up their parental rights. This may be voluntarily or involuntarily.
Once this has been done, a judge will review the application and reasons for adoption, as well as the adopting family’s profile. There will likely be several interviews involved and, if the child is of age, they may be interviewed as well. After this, the judge will decide whether to approve or disprove the application for adoption. When it is all said and done, the adoptive parents will be given the same rights and duties as a biological parent would have.
When adopting internationally, U.S. federal law, your state laws, and the laws of the foreign country's laws will apply.
Considering adoptions as a step-parent?
If you are a step-parent, we understand that you have taken on a new role as a parent, regardless of what legal documents say. In some cases, adoption may be in the best interests of the entire family. When you are considering adoption of a step-child, there are numerous factors to review. First, before any adoption can occur, the other parent will need to give permission to have their rights terminated as a parent. If they are not willing to do this, the court may not approve the adoption. In some cases were the biological parent is not suitable, the court may terminate their rights without any consent. Whatever the case, seek legal help for your adoption from our Central Indiana adoption lawyers!
In Indiana, grandparents may be able to adopt their grandchild in cases were parents are found to struggle with substance abuse, are incarcerated, have passed away, or struggle with extreme poverty. Other reasons grandparents may be granted adoption rights include health complications, abandonment, and lack of responsibility from parents. Courts typically want to keep children with biological relatives, so adopting a grandchild can be simple and favorable under the right circumstances.
Facing a contested adoption?
Whether seeking to adopt a step-child or fighting a biological parent for adoption rights in a private adoption, it is important that you protect you and your family’s rights during this time. Contested adoptions can bring long, drawn out legal processes with them, which is why it is so crucial to have representation you can rely on. When parents refuse to give up their parent rights, it typically leads to a contested adoption. The court may still go over the parent and approve the adoption, but it will require careful legal petitioning and incisive guidance.
Meet with a Hamilton County Adoption Attorney Today
Are you facing a complex adoption proceeding? Whether you need counsel throughout a step-parent adoption or guidance on how to obtain visitation rights as a grandparent, HOLLINGSWORTH ROBERTS MEANS can provide the support you are seeking. We have extensive experience with adoption and third party custody issues. Our team brings years of insight and experience to the table and always puts our clients first. Want more information on adoption or visitation rights?
Contact our Carmel adoption lawyers at 317.DIVORCE and schedule an appointment to discuss your case. HOLLINGSWORTH ROBERTS MEANS serves clients throughout Central Indiana, including, Fishers, Noblesville, and Hamilton County.