Adoption serves a legal tie between parent and child. It assigns the emotional, psychological, financial, and legal responsibilities to the adoptive parent. It is a powerful way of affirming your love and commitment to a child who does not share your DNA. It is also a legal process that must be done in accordance with the law. As such, for parents desiring to adopt a child, it is in their best interest to hire an adoption attorney.
Adoption attorneys usually focus their practice on family law. Lawyers can play an imperative role in a successful adoption. Their expertise can help the adoption process go smoothly and help you be prepared. Depending on the specifics of your situation, Adoptions lawyers can:
Although adoption is usually an exciting experience, it can be stressful as there are strict and complex laws governing the process. Our adoption attorneys assist clients with understanding these requirements and ensuring that they are met.
There is no age or marriage requirement to adopt in this state, and same-sex couples can also adopt. Virginia requires a six-month home residency period before an adoption can be finalized. For children 14 and older, their consent is required. Anyone can apply to adopt a child, but married individuals are required to obtain the legal support of their partner in order to adopt. If you are a felon, you may or may not be eligible to adopt. Generally, if your felony involved a violent crime or a crime against a child, you are ineligible to adopt a child legally. If your felony was of another kind, a social worker might evaluate the circumstances to determine if you meet the qualifications for adoption in this state.
Every adoption has some degree of legal risk. By hiring a local adoption lawyer, you can help decrease this risk. The experienced adoption attorneys at Mahoney & Richmond, PLLC, can help you understand your rights, comply with the state and federal laws, and structure the adoption to serve both yours and the birth parents’ needs whenever possible. Our adoption services include LBTGQ and step-parent adoptions as well. Contact us to schedule your adoption consultation today.