Memphis, Tennessee: Experienced Adoptions Lawyer
The Law Office of Charles Rich can handle any legal matter involving adoption: stepparent adoptions, grandparent adoptions and private adoptions.
The adoption process is an area of our legal practice that provides us with a lot of joy and professional satisfaction. Much of our family law practice involves guiding a client through a difficult family conflict such as a divorce or a child custody battle. Adoption proceedings, on the other hand, almost always produce a happy outcome. The circumstances leading up to the adoption may be difficult or tragic, but the end result is usually a happier family and a child with a better chance to thrive and enjoy the love and support of new parents.
Different Types of Adoptions
- Stepparent adoptions: Stepparent adoptions are common when a custodial parent remarries and the new spouse wants to adopt the children from the previous marriage. Perhaps the other parent is deceased or is absent from the children's lives, and the stepparent wants to take on all the legal rights and responsibilities of legal parenthood.
- Grandparent adoptions: Under Tennessee law, grandparents may adopt a grandchild if the child's parents agree or if parental rights have been terminated or need to be. Grandparents often pursue adoption in situations where the child's parent is in trouble with the law or is financially unable to provide for the child, or is not adequately providing the child with sufficient care.
- Independent private adoptions: A private adoption is when a parent voluntarily agrees to give up parental rights to a person or a couple who wish to adopt a child. Our law office is available to provide legal advice and guidance to either the birth mother or the adopting parents.
Uncontested Adoptions Versus Termination of Parental Rights
If the child's biological parents agree to the adoption or are deceased, then the adoption is uncontested. However, if either biological parent argues against the adoption, then the person or couple who wants to adopt the child must first file a legal action to terminate the parental rights of the biological parents.
The Law Office of Charles Rich handles both uncontested and contested adoptions. If the adoption is contested, then we help the adoption clients with the application to terminate parental rights so that the adoption petition can proceed.
Complete Legal Adoption Assistance From an Experienced Family Lawyer
In every adoption case, we handle every aspect of the proceeding for our clients, from the initial investigation and interview all the way through the application to change the child's birth certificate.
Our office is led by Memphis family law attorney Charles Rich, who has more than 30 years' experience guiding clients through a wide range of family law matters, including adoptions.
Mr. Rich personally handles every stage of each client's adoption case, so that all of our clients receive the benefit of his decades of experience in Tennessee's family courts.
Free Consultations and Reasonable Legal Fees
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about adoption and termination of parental rights proceedings.
We offer all new clients a free initial consultation in a confidential and respectful setting. At our first meeting, we will learn about your specific concerns, give you some information about your various legal options, and make a plan of action.
We take pride in our tradition of offering high-quality legal services in a friendly setting and at reasonable rates.
To schedule an appointment with an experienced family lawyer, call us at 901-323-0890 or send us an e-mail.