Cumming, Georgia Family Law Attorneys Manage Legal Aspects of Your Adoption
Reliable and compassionate service for prospective parents and birth parents
When it is time to add a new member to your family through adoption, it is vitally important to get good legal advice. At Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister, Dailey & Smith, LLP, our family law attorneys draw on decades of experience in adoptions throughout Georgia. We can advise you on various options, including open adoption, closed adoption, stepparent adoptions and even international adoptions. We familiarize you with the process and take care to ensure that you fulfill all legal requirements so that your adoption is final and can withstand any legal challenge. We also represent birth mothers and biological fathers seeking to protect their rights under Georgia adoption law.
Full understanding of Georgia adoption law
Georgia law allows “any adult person” to petition to adopt a child, as long as the person meets the following qualifications:
- Is at least 25 years of age or is married and living with a spouse
- Is at least 10 years older than the child
- Has resided in the state for at least six months prior to filing for adoption
- Is financially, physically, and mentally able to have permanent custody of the child
When a person seeking to adopt a child is married, the couple must file the petition jointly, except in the case of a stepparent adoption, where the spouse is already a legal parent and the petitioner is the stepparent.
There are special circumstances when an adult wants to adopt a child who has a living parent or guardian. The parents’ divorce does not free a child for adoption. The parent or guardian must voluntarily surrender all parental rights or a court of competent jurisdiction must terminate the parental rights.
If you wish to adopt a child 14 years of age or older, the child must consent in writing to the adoption.
Adoption is a wonderful act of love, but the process can be frustrating and even heartbreaking. A simple legal misstep can prevent you from establishing your parental rights over the child you’ve already come to love. For example, if the biological father has abandoned the child, a birth mother cannot sign off on an adoption on her own. She must attempt to notify the father, even when his whereabouts are unknown. Shortcuts in this process can come back to haunt adoptive parents, especially if the father learns of the adoption in the advanced stages and reappears to assert his rights.
However, when you entrust your adoption to our family law firm, you get dedicated and concerned legal counsel at your side through every step in the adoption process. We share your determination to finalize an adoption with all the formality necessary to withstand any legal challenge.
Contact our Forsyth County family lawyers for adoption assistance
Our experienced adoption attorneys guide you through every step of the process to ensure the legality of your adoption. Call Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister, Dailey & Smith, LLP at 470-839-9467 or contact us online for reliable assistance. We look forward to assisting with your adoption.