If you’re considering adoption, you may also be considering whether to hire an adoption attorney to handle the process for you. That’s a fair question, because there are choice available.
If you can find a family law lawyer who handles adoptions, though, he or she can make the process less stressful. There will be a cost involved, of course, as there would be with any professional you hire. However, the cost can be well worth it to shorten the time it takes to adopt and make sure everything is handled properly.
Whether you’re going for a domestic or international adoption, an adoption attorney can go over your choices and options. That can help you make the best decision when it comes to how you want to go about bringing a child into your home and family. The adoption laws can be different from state to state, so having someone on your side who knows the law is very important. The family law attorney can help you decide what kind of adoption you want (foreign or domestic), whether you want the process to be closed or open, and whether you want to use an agency or go through a private party.
Those are all very important choices that will impact how you go through the process:
- You can handle them on your own, but it’s often difficult and frustrating.
- Most people aren’t sure about the latest adoption laws and everything that goes with them, which can mean setbacks and a longer time to actually adopt a child.
- With an attorney, the possibility of a setback in the process still exists. However, it can generally be handled quickly and in the proper way.
The overall process from start to finish will be smoother, which can keep your stress levels down and help you focus on completing your family.
If you decide to hire an adoption attorney, do your research. There is no specific degree for this type of lawyer. There are courses attorneys can take, though, that will help them become familiar with state adoption-requirements. Ask your attorney if he or she has taken these, and how long ago. Also get references and talk to other families who have adopted about who they would recommend that you use. You can find out a lot of information that way. By interviewing the attorney you’re considering, you can also get a feel for how well your personalities mesh. That can be very important when working together on such an important event in your life.
Contact Plyler, Long & Corigliano, LLP today and speak to a family law lawyer specializing in adoption. You can count on their attorneys knowledge to explain the process and understand the manner.