Get Through The Adoption Process Smoothly
The Law Office of Rich & 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.
Understanding The Different Types Of Adoptions
There are several types of adoption scenarios, including:
- Stepparent adoptions: When one of the custodial parents remarries, the stepparent may want to seek parental rights and responsibilities. If the other custodial parent still wants to retain their legal parenthood, however, seeking stepparent adoption may be complex.
- Grandparent adoptions: When parents are unable to keep their parental rights, grandparents may have the opportunity to adopt grandchildren. This form of adoption can keep children within their own family despite any difficult circumstances.
- Independent private adoptions: Biological parents may wish to transfer their parental rights to another family. There are many factors that influence private adoptions, but we work to give both adoptive parents and birth parents a positive experience.
In all types of adoptions, our law firm provides insight throughout the process. We can explain your options as you carefully consider important decisions.
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 Rich & 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 each 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.
Ryan 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.