Adoption is an awarding and wonderful experience, for both the child and parents. However, it can be a difficult and lengthy process. At some point in the process, an adoptive parent should consult with an attorney.
There are a number of different types of adoptions:
- Stepparent adoptions
- Grandparent adoptions
- Relative adoptions
- State and private agency adoptions
- Interstate adoptions
Adoptions involve terminating the parental rights of a biological parent. Oftentimes, because a biological parent has not participated in the life of a minor child, he/she consents to terminating their parental rights. However, in the event that a biological parent does not choose to voluntarily terminate their rights, there are certain grounds in Georgia and Alabama in which the Courts will involuntarily terminate the rights of a biological parent. Understanding your legal rights as to adoption is important, and this is why you should consult with Abell Law Firm, LLC.
During the course of an adoption process, the Court may require a home study (depending upon the type of adoption), a detailed history of the child’s biological parents, and other requirements. Having an experienced adoption attorney to provide guidance and assistance in this process will afford the adoptive parent(s) “peace of mind” during an otherwise stressful time.
A Decree of Adoption will provide the Court’s final approval on the adoption process. It also addresses the name change of the child’s surname and changes on the birth certificate. These are considerations that an experienced adoption attorney will discuss with you to assure that all factors are addressed prior to the final adoption hearing.