Adoption Law Guide

Adoption Law Information - Understand Your Rights

Adoption refers to the act by which one or more adult officially and legally becomes the guardian of the child. The adoption process varies considerably on a state by state basis, and also depends on other factors, such as the adoptive parent’s prior relationship to the child. In our comprehensive guide, learn more about the laws governing both international and national adoptions, the birth family’s legal rights, and possible legal complications.

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  • ContentWhat is Adoption Law?

    Adoption law provides a means for parents to voluntarily assume the legal rights and responsibilities of a child not born to them. Following an adoption, all legal ties between the child and the birth parents are permanently severed. The new adoptive parents and the child are treated just like a natural family in the eyes of the law

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  • ContentGeneral Legal Guidelines in the Adoption Process

    There are many difficult questions to consider when accepting the responsibility of a new child. Oftentimes, these questions may include deciding between adoption or guardianship, how to handle a divorce after an adoption, and estate planning issues.

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  • ContentLegal Differences - Open vs. Closed Adoptions

    Before considering adoption, it is important to understand the differences between an open and closed adoption and decide which will work best for you and your family. The decision will affect the lives of everyone involved in the adoption process.

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  • ContentBirth Family's Legal Rights after Adoption

    With the open adoption process becoming more common in the United States, the birth parents generally have more rights and access to the child after adoption. Other blood relatives, such as siblings or grandparents, may also have the ability to see their relative after an adoption.

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  • ContentPossible Legal Complications in an Adoption

    Although adoption is meant to be beneficial for both the children and parents, sometimes adoptions can go wrong. When an adoptive family is harmful to the youth, it is possible that an adoption may be reversed.

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  • ContentLaws Governing International Adoptions

    International adoption varies and can become quite complicated. Certain countries require more processes, such as requiring medical screenings parents before allowing the child to leave the country. It can also be difficult for the parents to claim citizenship for the child in the United States.

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