How Can a Family Law Attorney Help With Adoption?

If you've been thinking about adopting a child, it's important to get the legal support you need to move forward with the process. The right family law attorney can guide you during the entire process. When you're ready to start the adoption process, call to schedule an appointment with your lawyer. Here's why.

Whether you've been thinking about adoption for years or you've just recently started the process of adding someone to your family, it's important to consult with a family law attorney who can help facilitate the adoption process. The right attorney can make an incredible difference when it comes to speeding up the adoption process and assisting you in understanding what types of paperwork you'll need to complete. Additionally, your lawyer can offer you support and legal guidance when it comes to a number of issues you'll face as an adoptive parent.

Adoption Choices

When you're ready to adopt a child, you and your partner will need to make the decision as to what type of adoption you prefer. For example, you can choose to have a closed adoption where you do not communicate with the birth parents or family once the adoption paperwork is finalized. In these cases, you will not send pictures or otherwise contact the birth parents. An alternate option is to have an open adoption. In this type of adoption situation, you and your partner may choose to send regular pictures of the child to the birth parents. You may also choose to meet up or schedule visits on a regular or semi-regular basis. Each type of adoption has its pros and cons and your attorney can help you decide which method is best for you.

Name Changes

When you and your partner adopt a child, you may want to change your child's name. This is a process your lawyer can help you with. Understand that in addition to changing the child's name on any identification cards, you'll also need to get a new social security card. Your child will also need a new, amended birth certificate. The paperwork for this can be a bit time consuming; however, your lawyer can help you to double-check and ensure that each portion of the documents have been completed appropriately.

Parental Paperwork

In addition to completing paperwork for the child, keep in mind that you and your partner will need to complete paperwork, as well. Make sure you have copies of your personal ID cards, such as your passports and driver's licenses. You may also need to have copies of your birth certificates and marriage certificate. Bring your letters of reference, as well as your home study paperwork when you meet with your attorney.

Whether you're adopting an infant or a teenager, the adoption process can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Although adding a new family member may take time, you'll find that it's an unforgettable journey. Call today to schedule your consultation with a family law attorney who can help.