Our Oklahoma family law lawyers go through the adoption process on a regular basis. If you have experienced this procedure before, you know the stress of gaining the rights to take care of the child that you love. There are numerous reasons why families and parents decide to adopt a child- no two situations are ever exactly the same. The adoption process isn't as predictable as many Oklahomans think: the parent or parents trying to adopt need to keep in mind that the individual circumstances of each case undergo a comprehensive evaluation. Thus, it's extremely tough to anticipate what the outcome will be. Having thoughtful, experienced adoption attorneys on your side is extremely important.
Types of adoption – No matter what type of process you are seeking to grow your family through, we can help. We have extensive experience in assisting with all types of adoptions throughout the state of Oklahoma. We offer experienced guidance to those working to navigate the adoption process and related issues such as:
Adult Adoption – Adult adoptions are rare, but most states provide for them. Usually, there must be a ten-year gap between the time of the parent and the adult being adopted, and the parties must demonstrate why it's in the best interest of the parties to enable the adoption. The principal reason people undergo adult adoptions would be to secure inheritance rights for individuals they've grown fond, especially when they do not have kids of their own. Most states prohibit adult adoptions when caregivers are involved, to be able to prevent health professionals from taking advantage of the older patients.
Agency Adoption – Adoption agencies are public or private agencies governed by the state and licensed to place children with adoptive parents. Public adoption agencies typically handle children that in state custody, often because they have been abandoned, orphaned or abused. Private adoption agencies are often run by charities and social service organizations and typically place children who were brought to the agency by parents or expectant parents trying to give their child up for adoption.
Individual Adoption – Among the other kinds of adoption entails a direct arrangement between birth parents and adoptive parents, occasionally employing a go-between like a physician or member of the clergy. Due to the delicate nature of an independent adoption, it's a great idea for the adoptive parents to hire an attorney to handle the paperwork. Not all countries allow independent adoptions, and lots of states regulate them broadly, so it is important to check your state's laws before researching this option.
Relative Adoption – Relative, or kinship adoptions as they're known in certain states, happen when a child's comparative steps forward to adopt the child. Normal candidates for this sort of adoption are grandparents, aunts, and uncles, and usually involves the death or incapacitation of the birth parents. The law favors relatives raising children, and accordingly the process is significantly easier than other kinds of adoption with lawyer assistance.
Same-Sex Adoption – The U.S. Supreme Court overturned an Arkansas law prohibiting same-sex couples from adoption on June 26, 2017, effectively legalizing same-sex adoption in all U.S. states. Prior to this ruling, however, some countries explicitly prohibited LGBT couples from adopting children, such as Florida and Mississippi. But, faith-based adoption agencies can diminish a same-sex couple's adoption program for"religious reasons."
Stepparent Adoption – A stepparent adoption occurs when a parent's new spouse adopts the parent's child from another partner. The process is simple in comparison to conventional adoption when the birth parents both agree. However if one of the parents doesn't agree or can't be found, then an attorney will have to be involved and there's a large amount of paperwork and time involved.
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