ST. LOUIS ADOPTION ATTORNEY
Adopting a child into your home can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be frustrating without an attorney to assist you with the process. Whether you are completing a domestic adoption, an international adoption, or adoption of a stepchild, it can be difficult to work out legal details, especially if the adoption is contested. If you want to learn more about adoption rights and options, don't hesitate to call our firm today.
The Legal Complexity of Adoption
Adoption is the process by which the legal, emotional, financial, and physical responsibility for a child is transferred. Adoption is a complex legal procedure because it rearranges a number of key relationships in a child's life. For one thing, adoption completely nullifies the parent-child relationship between the adopted child and their biological parents. This relationship is among the most legally sacred in the nation's history, so the process to remove it must be slow and methodical by necessity.
However, apart from the legal difficulties of adoption, it is among the most beautiful and powerful procedures in law. It is a public declaration that a child is every bit a part of your family as any natural-born child. The ramifications of adoption, both personally and legally, are life-changing in multiple ways. Guiding your family through the unfamiliar waters of adoption is a privilege that The Buxner Law Firm holds in high regard.
Call 314-863-6000 today to speak with our St. Louis adoption lawyers!
Our firm is familiar with the extensive paperwork and numerous steps involved in the adoption process. We can help you meet deadlines, understand what the courts are looking for, and simplify the long and complicated procedure. If you want clarity and peace of mind, our adoption attorneys can provide it.
Preparing for the Adoption Process
If you are eligible to adopt a child, then you will want to contact our office as soon as possible to get the process started. All potential adoptive parents in Missouri must submit to a home study in order to prove that they qualify, which takes about four months. The Children's Division will also screen your application.
You will be asked to provide many documents, such as:
- Personal references
- Criminal background checks
- Medical history information
- Proof of financial responsibility forms
Potential parents may need to pay fees to access certain documents or may need to submit to the background checks or child abuse and neglect checks to assure the state that they are safe and reliable parents.
A case worker will eventually come to your home for a "home visit" to meet your family and will carefully inspect your residence and see where the child will be sleeping. If you are approved as adoptive parents, then you will be able to seek a child you would like to adopt, whether domestically or internationally.
Combining families through remarriage is a powerful event in a family's life. Perhaps equally as powerful is the new bond formed between a stepchild and a stepparent. Many stepparents want to solidify their relationship with their new children, letting them know that they love them and view them as every bit a legitimate son or daughter. One way that this bond is permanently formed is through stepchild adoption.
Stepchild adoption allows stepparents to form a permanent legal bond with their non-biological children. It makes their stepchildren entitled to inheritances and ensures that the family will stay together if a spouse dies. Stepchild adoption differs from traditional adoption because it only nullifies one of the legal parent-child relationships. If you're interested in adopting your stepchildren to solidify your parental bond, contact us.
Helping Build Families in St. Louis, Missouri
If you run into any complications with your adoption, then you need to get a compassionate adoption lawyer involved. We can help straighten out difficulties in your situation and help bring a child into your home.
Call our family law attorneys in St. Louis today for more information!