We are highly experienced in all types of adoptions, including relative and stepparent adoptions, private adoptions, and adoptions through the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR). No matter which route you choose to expand your family, we are here to ensure you understand the process, accurately complete the paperwork, and avoid preventable hiccups. By hiring an adoption attorney in Birmingham, AL, you increase the chance of having a successful adoption. To learn about the steps of adoption, contact us at Alabama Divorce & Family Lawyers, LLC. You can reach a Birmingham family lawyer from our firm online or by calling (205) 255-1155.
A lawyer is not inherently required for the adoption process. However, it can be extremely helpful to have an experienced professional guide you through this process. If you intend to go through a private adoption without the assistance of DHR or an agency, then it is even more vital you work with an attorney to ensure you adhere to the law. An adoption lawyer from Alabama Divorce & Family Lawyers, LLC can:
For adoption in Alabama, the process is formal. You must adhere to the steps and rules necessary to have a child placed in your home and then to have the court approve and finalize the adoption. This can be difficult to navigate on your own, which is why we recommend hiring an Alabama adoption attorney. Whether or not you decide to hire an attorney, at Alabama Divorce & Family Lawyers, LLC, we believe you should have access to accurate information. You can submit your adoption-related questions to our law firm’s discussion forum, which can be answered by other individuals and attorneys.
Alabama’s many adoption laws are found in Title 26, Chapters 10, 10A, 10B, 10C, and 10D. Ala. Code 16-10A-1 through 26-10A-38 is the Alabama Adoption Code and it controls the adoption process within the state. It outlines who may adopt, who may be adopted, the legal process, and much more. There are many adoption requirements you must adhere to in order to adopt a child. The most basic requirements are your eligibility to adopt and the child’s eligibility to be adopted.
Ala. Code 26-10A-5 states that any adult person or spouses together can adopt a child. Based on state law, there are no other requirements. However, if you work through the Alabama DHR or through a private adoption service, there are typically additional eligibility requirements. The Alabama DHR states that to adopt:
Also, if you wish to adopt internationally, the child’s country of origin may have requirements in regard to your sexuality, marital status, education, income, and religion.
For a minor to be adopted, you must obtain consent from the child’s legal parents or from the state, if the child’s parents lost their parental rights. You always need the consent of the child’s birth mother, unless her parental rights were voluntarily or involuntarily terminated. In many situations, you also will need consent of the child’s biological or putative father. Consent by the child’s parents is not needed if the child was abandoned. If the child you wish to adopt is at least 14 years old, you must also obtain the adolescent’s consent unless the court finds the minor lacks mental capacity.
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