What Do You Want To Know About Adoption?
Adoption is a kind and rewarding way to add a member to your family. There are so many choices available to you through adoption it can be hard to know what the right way forward looks like. Fortunately, we are here to act as your guides.
At , our attorneys have helped families from across the Auburn area in Georgia and Alabama with many family law questions. Adoption is a special case for most families, and it allows us to help in the act of compassion and love for you and your family. We want to help you get the answers to your most pressing questions, such as:
How do I start the adoption process?
The laws on adoption vary between states. However, in both Georgia and Alabama, you must meet certain requirements before you can apply, including:
- Age: In Georgia, you must be 21 and at least ten years older than the child unless you’re a step-parent. In Alabama, you must be 19.
- Resources: You must have adequate space and the resources to afford a child as a dependent.
- Health: You must be physically, emotionally and mentally healthy and able to care for a dependent
Once the state confirms that you meet all of its requirements for adoption, you can move forward.
How long is the adoption process?
Adoption is a legal process that takes as long as it takes. You can streamline things with skilled legal counsel, but ultimately the decisions will be made by the state or the adoption agency. These lengthy timelines are to ensure that all matters are properly reconciled before moving to the final steps.
Can I adopt my step-child?
Absolutely. In fact, in Georgia and Alabama, requirements for step-parent adoption are somewhat more streamlined and simpler. That is not to say that you will always have a fast, easy step-child adoption. However, you do have a greater chance of a favorable outcome.
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The lawyers of Agricola Law have a lot of experience in these kinds of family law questions. While you will definitely have more specific questions that demand answers, we’re ready for you. Contact us to schedule a meeting and find out how our team can make a difference for you. Call 334-610-1064 or send an email today.