The Importance of Working With A Divorce Attorney

4 Reasons To Hire A Family Attorney To Mediate An Adoption

Family attorneys not only handle divorces; they can also help with adoptions. If you are planning to adopt a child, it is often best to hire a family attorney to mediate throughout the adoption process. Here are a few reasons why:

A family attorney can help keep you from being defrauded.

If the birth parents of a child have placed their baby up for adoption independently, the attorney can mediate between you and the birth parents. This mediation is important because the attorney will have the opportunity to question or screen the parents just as you are being screened by them. Some couples who choose to place their child up for adoption do so through means that are not easily regulated, such as internet ads. The screening can help protect you and your spouse from being defrauded. 

The attorney can help ensure that you're ready for practically any scenario that may arise.

During some adoptions, a complication may arise. Instances in which the birth parents desire to keep their child can be difficult to navigate. Also, unfortunate situations, such as a birth defect, could occur.

Your family attorney can help facilitate the outcome of unforeseen complications by including different scenarios in the adoption contract. The paperwork will help you and the birth parents come to an agreement about how different instances will be handled if they arise.

The attorney can help ensure that all required documents of consent are obtained.

Sometimes, an adoption can be overturned if appropriate written consent is not received from both parents. A family law attorney can help ensure that all necessary forms are completed. In addition, he or she can advise you of exactly when the adoption becomes permanent.

A family attorney can provide legal counsel when no agency is involved.

Some adopted parents may prefer adoption agencies. However, not everyone does. When an adoption is performed through an agency, the agency's representatives may control much of the process. This can mean that the agency matches the child to the prospective parents. Thus, the prospective parents may not have a say-so when it comes to selecting a certain child.

During an independent adoption, birth parents choose you, and you choose them. This can be especially advantageous because you have an idea of exactly where your new baby has come from. However, it can be frustrating and confusing without appropriate legal counsel.

If you are interested in adopting a child, consult a family law attorney in your area such as the Law Office of Shelli Wright Johnson.