Adoption is the legal process where a child officially becomes the full and legal member of someone else's family. It can be a step parent or grand parent or a non-family member who adopts the child and thereby promises to raise him or her as their own.
While the thought of expanding your family through adoption can be quite exciting, it is very important to make sure everything is handled properly to avoid any difficulties.
If you are considering adoption, it is in your best interest to discuss your situation with an experienced family law attorney.
Chuck Halbert has handled these cases throughout Arkansas. He has represented step parents, grandparents and other family and non-family members in adoption proceedings.
Throughout the entire process, you can count on Chuck Halbert to provide you with sound legal advice and high-quality personal service.
Don't get tripped up by some common adoption difficulty. Make sure you have a knowledgeable adoption lawyer on your side.
Step Parent Adoptions
For a step parent adoption, there has to be consent from the natural mother and natural father of the child in most instances.
However, if one parent has failed to have adequate contact or support the child for a period of at least one year, this requirement may not be required.
Also, any step parent seeking to adopt must submit to a criminal background check and a Department of Human Services background check.
Out Of Family Adoptions
Third party or out of family adoptions are more complicated and require a background check, as well as a home study. This is in addition to the requirements of step parent adoptions.