Being a stepparent is a special role in any child’s life. When you feel like it is time to take the next step and become the legal guardian for your stepchild, there are certain legal processes you should take into account. It is always a good idea to have a lawyer represent you during your stepchild adoption process. Here are just a few reasons why choosing the right lawyer for your stepparent adoption is so important.
Learn who can adopt
In the state of New York, there are pretty strict laws when it comes to who can adopt. Luckily, as the stepparent, you are eligible to adopt your stepchild. However, you need to make sure that you are legally married to the child’s parent. The right lawyer will be able to make sure you are able to provide all of the proper documentation to the courts in order to better prove you are legally able to adopt this child.
Get help understanding adoption laws in your state
Each state has somewhat different adoption laws. Learning the ins-and-outs of all of the adoption laws in New York would a long and difficult process. This is why it is important to hire a legal professional who will be able to help represent you during your adoption.
Lawyers will help you understand your parental rights
While the biological mother and father always have parental rights to their child, there are certain grounds for the termination of these rights. If the biological father or mother is lacking financial support, refuses to contact their child, has been abusive or neglectful to minor children, or has abandoned the child, parental rights will be abolished. A legal professional will be able to help you build a case against the biological parent in order to more easily adopt your stepchild.
Have all of the paperwork explained to you in a simple manner
All of the legal documents that you have to fill out in order to go through the adoption process can be very overwhelming. While you may not know where to start, your attorney will be able to help you navigate these different documents and will be able to help you file them as well. This will take a great deal of stress off of you during this already hectic process.
Get help navigating the courts
In New York, it can be difficult to know which court you need to file all of your paperwork. Legal professionals will be able to direct you to the right court and will even be able to use their connections to help everything move in a much simpler fashion. The right lawyer has connections. They will be able to speed up the process and get the law on your side. When searching for the best lawyer to help represent you in your adoption, it is important to make sure you are choosing one who has a great reputation in the legal community.
Adoption is a process that can take a lot out of you. It is well worth your time and money to find an attorney who will help you achieve the best success in your adoption case. Don’t hesitate to call us today to see if we can help you in your stepchild adoption case.