Longmont Adoption Lawyers
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Adoption creates families. Adoption is the process where a person (or couple)
assumes the parental responsibilities and rights for a child. The process
can be contested or non-contested by the child's biological parent
or parents. At Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C., we assist individuals
with the adoption process.
Our Longmont family law attorneys can assist with:
Step-parent adoption - When a spouse seeks to adopt the child of their husband or wife, the
parental rights and obligations of the child's other biological parent
will be terminated, and the adopting step-parent will become the child's
parent. A new birth certificate will be issued naming the adopting parent
as the child's mother or father.
Kinship adoption - A close relative can adopt a minor and become that child's legal
parent. The relatives who can petition for a kinship adoption are the
child's grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, half-sibling, or first cousin. The person
seeking to adopt must have had physical custody of the child for a period
of one year or more, and the child cannot be the subject of a pending
dependency and neglect proceeding brought by the Department of Social Services.
Custodial adoption - An unrelated person who has had physical
custody of the child for over one year can seek to adopt the child. Legal custody
may have been established through a
Domestic Relations, Probate or Juvenile case (for example, the adoptive parent may be the
child's temporary or permanent guardian).
Second parent adoption - Second parent adoption permits a parent in a same-sex relationship to
adopt his or her partner's child and become a legal parent of that
child, giving the child two legal parents and giving both parental legal
rights. Stepparent adoption laws require the parents be married, while
second parent adoption laws do not.
A Close Look at the Adoption Process
In all adoption cases, the adoptive child must be "legally available
for adoption." This means one of the following: a court has terminated
the parent-child legal relationship of one of the parents, or a court
has approved the voluntary relinquishment of the parent-child legal relationship.
Most often, this termination of the parent-child relationship is done
as a part of the adoption case. The parent-child relationship of a parent
can be terminated without that parent's consent when he or she has
failed without cause to provide reasonable support for the child for a
period of one year or more and/or has abandoned the child (not had reasonable
contact) for a period of one year or more.
For Adoption Guidance, Turn to Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.
The steps to completing an adoption in Colorado can take a considerable
amount of time. This is especially so when the whereabouts or even the
identity of a biological parent are not known, or where a biological parent
will not consent to the adoption. The experience and resources of our
Longmont family law attorneys can help make your adoption the positive process that creating an adoptive
family ought to be.
Get in touch with us today
for more information about our services.