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adopted_childrensAnyone who has ever considered adoption has wondered about the problems that might come up.  Will the child eventually want to meet his or her birth parents?  Will they feel as close you when they grow up as they did when they were children?  How will it affect them when they realize they cannot inherit your personality, facial features or good health?  Truth is, most adopted kids are just as close to their parents as biological children.  Apparently “nurture” is just as influential as “nature,” but that doesn’t mean the child won’t have leftover issues from their previous living situation.

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blog-logoMany attorneys specialize in a certain areas of law.  Some work in family law, others work in criminal law, corporate law or personal injury law, and then they find a sub-specialty within their field.  For example, most of the family lawyers that specialize in divorce and child custody would also know adoption law, but only a select few will become adoption attorneys.

What is an adoption attorney?

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blog-logoThe cost of adoption may have kept you from moving forward with it for quite awhile, but now that you’re ready to adopt a child, don’t let cost concerns keep you from hiring a Colorado adoption attorney

Adoption can be a long and tedious process, and you may experience some twists and turns along the way.  Whether you are just starting a family or planning to grow your family through adoption, you should enlist the services of an experienced adoption attorney.

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blog-logoOne of the first steps toward adopting a child is to find a reliable adoption agency who can work with you throughout the entire adoption process.  Many adopting couples and individuals are surprised when they learn how many steps are involved in an adoption, and unfortunately they often jump in and get started without consulting an adoption attorney.  

A home study is probably the most harrowing part of adopting a child, because it requires a complete evaluation of your commitment to the adoption, your lifestyle and your reasons for wanting a child.  It is also an assessment of how well you would do as a parent and whether you have the resources to provide for the needs of the child.  This may not sound like an area where an adoption attorney can help, but an experienced lawyer can do a lot to help you prepare for the home study. 

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blog-logoEven the best laid plans can go awry, especially when it comes to adopting a child.  In fact, almost anyone who has been through the process will probably have “war stories” to share.  After multiple disappointments and last-minute changes in their plans, some couples eventually give up. 

What is the best way to improve your chances of a successful adoption?  Hire an adoption attorney right from the start. 

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blog-logoWhen a couple or individual decides to adopt a child, many decisions will have to be made.  Adoption can be very expensive, and depending on which type of adoption you choose (international, domestic, foster child), the requirements can vary dramatically.  Without the assistance of a qualified adoption attorney, it is easy to become frustrated.  Presenting the proper documentation to meet state and federal standards is paramount, and a Colorado family law attorney can ensure that all your legal obligations are met. 

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blog-logoAre you looking into a stepparent adoption in Colorado? Many families want to take the necessary steps to make their blended family “official” in the eyes of the law, and yet very few people know much about how to accomplish this.  The good news is that a stepparent adoption is something that is relatively simple to do when you work with a Colorado Springs law firm that specializes in family law.

When you consult with an attorney at a Colorado Springs law firm, be sure that he or she is familiar with the Colorado laws concerning stepparent adoption, and knows how to see the process through to completion. When you work with the Marrison law firm in Colorado Springs, you benefit from many years of expertise in the area of Colorado family law. 

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blog-logoWhile there are plenty of resources for couples who are looking to adopt an infant, however Colorado Springs families interested in a foster child adoption need very different information.  Because there are usually more complex issues involved with the family of a child in foster care, adopting a foster child can be more complicated and less secure than an adopting a baby.  If you are considering adoption from Colorado’s foster care system, a Colorado Springs family lawyer can help ensure your rights and the rights of your child are protected.

Be Prepared for a Rigorous Process

Once you make a decision to adopt, prepare yourself for a rigorous and lengthy process that can be frustrating and even discouraging.  You will need to participate in a visitation, supervision and home-study process and complete all the necessary paperwork. Plus Colorado Springs residents must have the child’s case worker recommend you as the child’s adoptive parent.

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blog-logoUntil one becomes interested in an international adoption, it’s hard to imagine how much is involved.  As a Colorado Springs family adoption attorney, many prospective parents come to me seeking legal representation for foreign adoptions, but it is only after they’ve learned about how complicated the process can be.  But don’t let this fact deter you from considering an international adoption.  Today, there are more options available than ever for American couples who are looking to adopt overseas. 

 

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