Adoption Attorneys in Alexandria
Supporting Families in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
Countless families choose to adopt for a wide variety of reasons. Adoption can be a beautiful and highly rewarding experience, but you will need to overcome a number of legal and financial hurdles before and after you bring your new family member home. With professional support, however, you can complete this process more efficiently and painlessly than you could imagine.
At Tesfaye Law, our attorneys have an in-depth, comprehensive understanding of the adoption process. We are honored to handle the legal complexities of adoption so you can focus on what matters most: bringing your child home as soon as possible.
What We Can Do for Your Family
In our years of practice, we have counseled and represented many different types of families with varying adoption goals. No matter your unique situation, our team can counsel and represent you with a steadfast commitment to your rights and your child’s wellbeing. Every step of the way, we can explain the adoption process, assist you with all required documentation, and advocate for you in court.
Our firm can help you if:
- You are bringing a new family member into your home
- You are adopting a niece, nephew, or other relative
- You are looking for the right home for your child
- You are adopting your stepchild
Contrary to popular belief, stepparent adoption is one of the most common forms of adoption in the U.S. This may occur if a child’s biological parent has passed away or is no longer involved in their upbringing. If the child’s other parent remarries, the stepparent may wish to become their "official parent” and adopt their stepchild.
When a child is adopted, they have the same rights as a biological child, including rights to inheritance and parental support.
Terminating Parental Rights
In cases such as stepparent adoption, the biological parent’s rights must be formally terminated. This process is easiest when the biological parent agrees. It may be more challenging if the parent does not agree or cannot be found.
In either case, this can be an incredibly emotional process for everyone involved. Ultimately, the court will need to assess the situation and make a final decision. The court will generally disregard a biological parent’s desire to maintain parental rights if the parent abandoned the child or was abusive.
When a court terminates parental rights, the parent no longer:
- Needs to pay child support (except for what was already owed)
- Has the right to visit the child
- Has decision-making authority
Our firm has the experience needed to help you navigate this complex legal terrain. We also have the compassion needed to provide empathetic support as you handle this sensitive and emotionally taxing process. When you retain us, you can trust us to take time to learn about your family and situation. Our goal is to ensure the adoption proceeding is as efficient as possible and provides the legal foundations your adopted family member needs.
Do you want your legal issue to be as painless as possible? No one wants to spend more time than they need to in a courtroom. Let us utilize our high-powered strategies and resources to advocate for your rights and resolve your matter as efficiently as possible. We have a track record of delivering exceptional support to each and every client, and we want you to benefit from this level of service.
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