Adoption Attorney in Franklin, TN
Through whatever method you choose to create or build your family through adoption, it’s important to have an attorney who not only offers a solid understanding of current laws, but also possesses a particular sensitivity and empathy during the process.
If you are considering adoption, call Harrington Law, PLLC. We are your best advocate for the following types of adoptions and more:
- Stepparent adoptions: Stepparent adoptions are common when a custodial parent remarries and the new spouse wants to adopt the children from the previous marriage. This situation can also arise when one parent is deceased or is absent from a child’s life, and the stepparent wants to take on all the rights and responsibilities of legal parenthood.
- Grandparent adoptions: Under Tennessee law, grandparents may adopt a grandchild if the child’s parents agree or if parental rights have been terminated or need to be. Grandparents often pursue adoption in situations where the child’s parent is in trouble with the law, is financially unable to provide for the child, or is not adequately providing the child with sufficient care.
- Independent private adoptions: A private adoption is when a parent voluntarily agrees to give up parental rights to a person or a couple who wish to adopt a child. Our law office is available to provide legal advice and guidance to either the birth parent(s) or the adopting parents.
Growing Your Family Through Adoption
Adopting a child is one of the most emotional and rewarding of all family law matters. A child without parents deserves the love and care you can offer. We take great pride in helping people with the adoption process and are honored to be chosen to be part of this important process.
Adoption Lawyer Serving Davidson County, Williamson County, and Middle Tennessee
Adopting a child is a fairly complex legal process in the state of Tennessee. If you are planning an independent private adoption, you must meet the state’s requirements. You must be 18 or older and have lived in the state for a minimum of six consecutive months, with some exceptions. To adopt, you can be single, married, or divorced. If married, both partners must adopt the child. The birth parent of your new family member must consent to the adoption, with the consent signed in the presence of a judge. If you are planning to adopt a grandchild or your stepchild, the birth parents’ rights must be managed correctly to ensure nothing occurs later that could affect the adoption.
Compassion, Respect, and Dedication to Improving Children’s Lives Through Adoption
Attorney Whitney Harrington can assist you with the vital legal issues of adoption, whether you are a grandparent, stepparent, or are adopting a newborn. Adopted children can grow up with confidence, in an environment of love and support, and we are honored to be part of this process.
Contact us to discuss adoption in Tennessee. Call (615) 560-8599 today.
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