It's time to reclaim your life!
Adoption is the legal process by which a parent-child and family relationship is established on behalf of a child with individuals who were not members of the child's original birth family. Adoptive parents have all the rights and responsibilities of birth parents. The decision to adopt a child requires serious consideration because it not only establishes a parent-child relationship, it also creates a legal obligation to provide for the financial care and support of the child. Minnesota adoption laws are focused on the best interests of minor children. Certain laws give special protection for children based on their age, and status as a Native American, under the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Minnesota law requires that all adoptions be formalized in a court proceeding in order to ensure that the child's best interests are protected. An adoption involves more than filing papers with the court. The specific requirements and steps to be followed, including types of notice that are required vary considerably, depending on the type of adoption being pursused. Generally, the requirements for a step-parent adoption include:
Following the entry of the decree of adoption, any name change and the creation of a new birth certificate must be processed by the State. If you are interested in a step-parent adoption, please contact our office for additional information.
"A Knowlegable, trustworthy attorney. I have utilized John on multiple occasions. He is very knowledgeable about the law and well known in the community. He is trusty worthy and honest. One of the situations where he was my lawyer, was during custody of my son and I was able to get 50/50 custody of my child. Each time I have hired John I have known that my case is in the best of hands."
Aaron, Child Custody Client (Read Full Review on Avvo)
This site contains general legal information which may or may not apply to you. Sending email does NOT create an attorney-client relationship, nor establish any attorney-client privilege. Unless encrypted, email may be intercepted by persons other than the intended recipient. The information contained on this site should not be considered legal advice.