Manhattan Beach Adoption Attorneys
More and more families are discovering the joys of adoption. If you have decided to adopt or are considering adoption, you have embarked on a process that is full of rewards. Unfortunately, it is also a process in which there are many difficulties and bureaucratic obstacles to overcome. An attorney can be an invaluable source of support as you navigate the maze of adoption regulations.
At the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield, we are committed to helping our clients to pursue the family life that they desire. We are proud to share our knowledge and experience with clients during this exciting, but occasionally challenging time. For assistance with your adoption, contact our Manhattan Beach adoption attorneys at 310-546-5858.
Adoption and the Law
Every type of adoption has its own rules and requirements. In order to avoid unnecessary delays, prospective parents should take care to ensure that their adoption applications are as strong as they can be. This is true of all kinds of adoptions, including:
As you look forward to welcoming a new member of your family, it is important to meet all deadlines and to fill out all paperwork accurately and completely. Although adoption is a complex process, the rewards are well worth the journey. An experienced adoption lawyer may be able to help you realize your goal of parenthood.
What is a second parent adoption?
A second-parent adoption is an option typically used by same-sex couples. Often, in a same-sex couple, only one of the partners is the biological or legally adoptive parent of the child. Second parent adoption allows the other, non-biological partner to adopt and have the same parenting rights over the child, without interfering with the rights of the biological parent. With second parent adoption, both parents become responsible for the child financially and emotionally. A two-parent dynamic can also provide stability for the child.
What rights do adoptive step-parents have?
If you are a step-parent and you are legally granted adoption of your stepchild, you thereby have all of the rights of a biological parent. In the eyes of the law, you are now the parent and legal guardian of the child. This means many things. You are now responsible for the child financially and emotionally. If you and your partner were to divorce or split up, you are still accountable for the child and may be subject to paying child support. In the same instance, you may also have rights to visitation or custody of the child. As in all divorce cases, parental and custody rights are granted based on many variables. Nonetheless, a step-parent adoption can be beneficial for the child no matter the outcome of the parent relationship.
If you or a family member are considering giving up their child for adoption, one option may be adoption by a family member. The process of adoption is complicated, whether you are adopting a family member or a non-family member. With that being said, the process of adopting a family member is usually more streamlined, especially if both parties are compliant and prepared. Family member adoption can also provide many benefits to the child in question. A family member would be aware of the child’s family history and any medical conditions to which they may be prone. The child would also continue to grow up in a family that resembles themselves. In a family adoption, there is even the possibility that the child could have contact with their biological parent if all parties wish.
If you have questions about adoption or you are currently working towards adoption, schedule a consultation with a Manhattan Beach adoption lawyer. By letting us handle the stressful aspects of adoption, you could enjoy more time to plan for your child’s arrival. Contact the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield today at 310-546-5858 to learn more.