Deciding to grow your family through adoption is exciting, but can also be extraordinarily stressful. In any adoption, there are several steps that are involved and many details to consider even before beginning the process. The process of adopting a child can be slow and can require a significant degree of patience and persistence. Fortunately, there is help available. By retaining one of the skilled Frederick adoption attorneys of Conklyn & Associates, you can minimize the risk that anything will go wrong and ensure that the adoption process goes as smoothly as possible.
The Benefits of Adoption
The legal process of adoption creates a parent-child relationship between a child and adult. Once an adoption is finalized, the adoptive parent has full parental rights and those in the child’s birth parents are terminated. Under Maryland law, a child who is 10 years old or older must give his or her consent to an adoption. Some of the common scenarios in which people adopt children are detailed below.
Second Parent Adoptions
Maryland allows same-sex couples to become parents through a process known as “second parent adoption.” In same-sex family units who fail to utilize adoption, one of the parents is at risk for having his or her status as a parent questioned.
Another common scenario in which people adopt a child is when a parent remarries and his or her partner would like to establish parental rights. In many of these cases, one of the biological parents is not active in the child’s life and the stepparent wishes to fill that role.
In cases in which a child’s biological parents are unable to care for the child due to physical or financial inability, grandparents often decide to adopt the child.
Why do I need an Attorney?
Many people wonder whether they should retain a lawyer to help them in the adoption process. While there is no law requiring prospective adoptive parents to hire a lawyer, it is often highly advisable to do so. An attorney can help you with paperwork, represent your interests, file the paperwork with the court, and even help you in finding a birthmother. In addition, should there be any issues that arise during the process, having an attorney who is already familiar with your situation can often help resolve them quickly and efficiently.
Contact Conklyn & Associates Today to Discuss Your Case with a Frederick, Maryland Adoption Attorney
Individuals who are considering adopting a child should contact an experienced lawyer immediately. Even if everything goes as planned and there are no issues that could threaten to derail an adoption, the assistance can make the process much easier and provide significant peace of mind. The Frederick, Maryland adoption at Conklyn & Associates attorneys have been helping people with issues related to family law for more than 25 years and are committed to providing each client we represent with effective and personalized representation and counsel. To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (310) 620-1190.