Adoptions gives homes to children. It enriches families. Adoption can bring great benefits to communities as a whole. All of this is welcome. But there is something else that adoption brings—legal issues and paperwork.
Working with a reliable South Jordan adoption lawyer can help people move through the hurdles of the process and find their way to the joys at the end.
Attorney Ryan Gregerson has been practicing family law for over 13 years, giving people the compassionate and seasoned counsel they need in difficult times. RCG Law Group also serves clients throughout West Jordan, Draper, Sandy, and surrounding areas. Call today at (801) 396-9656 or reach out here online to set up a free consultation.
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Domestic adoption refers to cases the child is already in the United States. One of the most basic legal issues to deal with is whether or not the biological parent has officially severed their parental rights. If they have, it must also be known and understood whether the adoption is open—meaning the biological parent can still have a relationship with the child—or closed, where the biological parent ceases all contact with the child.
When the biological parent is a single mother, an important part of the legal process is making certain that the biological father has been notified. The father will have to at least be given the option of raising his child before the adoption process can begin. The last thing adoptive parents need is a biological father showing up after the fact with a strong legal claim.
It’s a common practice for parents wishing to adopt to look overseas. The United States is fortunate have many adoptive children from countries around the world. But the world of international adoption has a lot of potential pitfalls, and the guidance of a lawyer can be even more important here than on the domestic front.
We can start with making sure the adoption agency itself is legitimate. It’s an unfortunate reality that there is fraud committed in the adoption industry, taking advantage of the good will of prospective parents and getting substantial amounts of money when there is no child even available. Experienced legal counsel can make sure parents are only working with accredited adoptive agencies.
All of the issues involved in domestic adoptions—from ensuring legal loose ends with the biological parents are cleared up, to being evaluated for parental fitness—are also present with international adoptions.
This is in addition to dealing with requirements of the child’s home country. These can include mandatory visits for several weeks at a time and multiple court appearances. Depending on where parents want to adopt from, our South Jordan adoption lawyer can advise them on what to expect .
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RCG Law Group knows that parents going through the adoption process need someone they can trust, to steer them through the legal thicket that’s ahead, and get them to place where they can be a family with their adopted child.
Call our office today at (801) 396-9656 or contact us here online to set up a free consultation.