The prospect of adoption is usually a very exciting one, but the legal aspect of completing one can be daunting. Before you consider adopting a child, it is always important to speak with a lawyer to ensure you are aware of the various options available to you, and any legal consequences that may arise.
There are many different kinds of adoptions. Some common situations include step-parent adoptions or third-party adoptions (either through agency or private placement). If you are unsure of where to start with the process, your first step should be to speak with a lawyer who is experienced in handling adoptions. An adoption lawyer will be aware of the various laws and procedures to give you guidance related to your particular situation.
With any adoption, whether contested or uncontested, there are a number of pre-requisite steps and several forms that are required to be completed accurately for your adoption application to be successful.
There are also a number of alternatives to adoption that are less permanent than a formal adoption, ranging from temporary Guardianship Deeds to more permanent guardianship and custody Orders.
We can help you with all steps in the process and ensure that welcoming your new family member is as quick and stress-free as possible.