Longmont Adoption Lawyers
Compassionate, Knowledgeable Family Law Attorneys
Deciding to expand your family is a big step, especially if you choose to do so through adoption. Adoption is the act of becoming legally responsible for a child, which can happen in a number of circumstances. You might already be caring for a child and wish to make your legal responsibilities official, or you could be looking to find a child to add to your family. Whatever the case, if you are contemplating adopting a child, you need a legal advocate on your side.
Let Our Firm Help You
At Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C., we have ample experience helping individuals and families through the adoption process. We understand how Colorado law applies to domestic cases like these, and we want to help you complete your family with as little conflict as possible. Our firm has an outstanding track record of success and we have years of experience in strategic problem solving to assist with your legal issues. Whatever comes up in your adoption case, our legal team is prepared to handle it.
Call (720) 809-8310 to discuss your adoption with our Longmont family attorneys today.
Why Do I Need an Adoption Lawyer?
Hiring an adoption attorney might seem superfluous to some. However, the adoption process can involve many requirements and technicalities that can be tedious or difficult to understand without the help of a professional legal guide. In Colorado, before a child is adopted he or she must be legally “available.” In other words, the legal rights and responsibilities for the child of one or both parents must be terminated. This can happen because the biological parent has relinquished those rights, or by the court terminating a biological parent’s parental rights involuntarily. In either case, able and willing adoptive parents can step in and adopt the child, unless other legal barriers exist.
Reliable, Respected Legal Guidance
While the adoption process may seem straightforward, it often takes a significant amount of time. There are a number of background checks for adoptive parents to complete before a case can be filed and moving forward with termination of biological parent rights after filing may involve several individual steps. In many cases, biological parents must be located or provided notice through service or publication prior to their parental rights being formally terminated by the court. When you work with one of our experienced family lawyers, you can rest easy knowing our team is handling each and every step of the legal process on your behalf.
Our firm handles a variety of adoption cases, including:
- Custodial adoption: If you have provided the physical custody and care of a child for over a year and wish to obtain full legal custody, you may be able to do so via custodial adoption. Custodial adoption is available for persons who are unrelated to the child they wish to adopt.
- Kinship adoption: In the event that you are related to the child you wish to adopt, a kinship adoption might be the best option for you. Through a kinship adoption, a close relative (such as an aunt, grandparent, sibling, or cousin) can become a child’s legal parent. As with a custodial adoption, the parent-to-be must have had physical custody of the child for at least one year.
- Stepparent adoption: A stepparent adoption allows an individual to share legal custody of his or her stepchildren with that individual’s spouse. However, in order for this type of adoption to take place, the child’s other biological parent’s rights must be terminated.
- Second parent adoption: Through second-parent adoption, same-sex partners can choose to adopt their partner’s biological child. However, unlike a stepparent adoption, the couple need not be married. This type of adoption is ideal for same-sex parents who wish to share legal parenting rights in the eyes of the state.
Ready To Get Started? We’re Here To Help
Our compassionate family lawyers at Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. are prepared to help your family with your upcoming adoption process. Whether you’re looking to contact adoption agencies and find the right child for you, or if you wish to obtain legal rights in a custodial, kinship, or step or second-parent adoption, our firm has the applicable experience and knowledge you need.
For legal help with your adoption, contact Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. and speak with one of our attorneys.