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Growing Your Family Through Adoption
Unlike so many issues in family law, adoption is generally a happy subject. People who seek to expand their families through adopting a child are looking forward to creating a healthy, loving environment.
Still, adoption is a complex legal process. It is important to have help from a skilled lawyer.
Coodin & Overson, PLLP, is a Woodbury, Minnesota, law firm that helps clients with many issues in family law, including divorce, child custody, child support and more. The firm’s experienced attorneys can also help clients with adoption, including issues such as:
- Stepparent adoption
- Second-parent adoption for LGBT couples
- Foster child adoption
- Agency adoption
- Private adoption
- International adoption
- Indian welfare adoption
Every case is unique and can raise unique legal issues. Your adoption attorney should have knowledge and experience with different cases to best help you through the issues that arise in your adoption.
The Best Interest Of The Child
The adoption of a child has serious implications. Therefore, the law takes the subject very seriously.
The courts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as those of all other states, make all decisions regarding children based upon a legal standard known as the best interest of the child. Since making a person the guardian of a child conveys legal rights and responsibilities on that person to make decisions on the child’s behalf, courts require a full legal process to make sure the adoptive parent is up to the task and that the adoption is in the child’s best interest.
In cases where the child’s biological parents are alive, the court may have to terminate their rights to allow the adoption to go forward. In cases where the child is of American Indian descent, the Indian Child Welfare Act can affect the outcome. In international adoptions, the laws of the child’s home country have their own demands.
All of this means that anyone wishing to adopt a child must fill out many forms and satisfy several requirements before the process can be approved. A skilled attorney can help make sure the paperwork is filled out properly and all parts of the process go as smoothly as possible.