Adoption Lawyers in Gwinnett County
Helping Your Family Grow Through Adoption in Lawrenceville
Are you planning to expand your family through adoption? This is a highly joyous occasion, but to enjoy it fully, you should retain a trusted adoption attorney to represent you from start to finish. At Daniels & Taylor, P.C., we offer comprehensive counsel for prospective adoptive parents.
Attorney Tony Taylor has extensive experience navigating clients through the adoption process – he has even adopted two of his daughters. Tony and the rest of our Gwinnett County adoption lawyers are prepared to help you overcome your challenges.
What are the Requirements to Adopt a Child in Georgia?
If you would like to adopt a child in Georgia, the requirements may vary based on the adoption process that you choose to complete (for example, private domestic infant adoption versus stepparent adoption); these are the general requirements for those wishing to complete a Georgia adoption.
- Be at least 25 years old or married and living with a spouse
- Be at least ten years older than the child you wish to adopt
- Be financially, physically, and mentally able to have permanent custody of the child
Most of the time, if you’re completing an adoption in Georgia of a child not related to you by blood or marriage, you must undergo certain background clearances and conduct a home study investigation. The specific requirements for your Georgia adoption will depend on your situation and your chosen adoption process.
Relative and stepparent adoptions in Georgia usually won’t require a full home study investigation. You can also place a child for adoption, whether through a private domestic infant adoption or a relative or stepparent adoption, you can also do that. As your lawyers, we can help you with this.
Stepparent Adoptions in Georgia
There are many circumstances in which adoption by the custodial parent's spouse is in the children's best interest. Unfortunately, some non-custodial parents fail to maintain contact or meaningful relationships with their children or fail to provide child support for a substantial period. Often, a stepparent assumes the parental role emotionally, socially, and financially.
Simplifying the Adoption Process as a Stepparent
The simplest way to accomplish a stepparent adoption is with the consent and agreement of the non-custodial parent. Having a lawyer gives you power when the other parent is being difficult.
Adoption laws are complicated. Our Gwinnett County adoption lawyers have legal software that allows us to research the law and understand how judges have interpreted the law. On top of that, laws change. Every time the Supreme Court decides, the rest of the state has to change how things are done and follow the Court's ruling. Our dedicated attorneys are subscribed to special legal newspapers to keep up to date with the latest changes in the interpretation of adoption laws.
Even if the other parent is a deadbeat, you will need to jump through some hoops if they don't cooperate. If the non-custodial parent cannot be found or refuses to agree to the stepparent adoption, the adoption can be accomplished by showing the non-custodial parent's failure to pay child support or have meaningful contact with the children for one year or more.
You can also accomplish the adoption by showing misconduct by the non-custodial parent, such as:
- Child molestation
Contact Our Adoption Attorneys in Gwinnett County Today
From our office in Lawrenceville, our family lawyers represent clients throughout Gwinnett County and are here to walk you through every step of the adoption process.
Contact Daniels & Taylor, P.C. today to schedule a consultation with one of our Gwinnett County adoption lawyers!
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