Get Legal Help For Your Adoption Journey
Adopting a child is truly a blessing and often a dream come true for not only the prospective adoptive parent or parents but also for the child. Attorney Joshua Nielsen is always excited to assist with adoption issues as he was adopted himself at 6 months old.
At Nielsen Legal, we welcome the chance to represent prospective parents wishing to expand their families in any of these ways:
- Stepparent adoption: We will help you through the challenges of adopting your spouse’s child, including seeking the termination of the other parent’s rights, if necessary.
- Adult adoptions: Formalizing your relationship with an adult child offers many benefits, including the right for your child to inherit your estate.
- Foster parent adoptions: If you have opened your heart to a foster child, we will assist you in officially making that child part of your family.
- Termination of parental rights and adoption: If the child you wish to adopt has a living parent, it may be necessary to seek termination of that parent’s rights before you can proceed.
Whether your adoption situation is straightforward or involves many complications, having a compassionate and dedicated family law attorney by your side may improve your chances of success.
Guidance Through The Process
The adoption process can be difficult to navigate by oneself or even as a couple. There are jurisdictional requirements for the prospective parents, for the adoptee (or child you plan to adopt) as well as a host of information that we must set forth in our documents to establish the welfare of the child.
Adoptions are considered special proceedings and as such are typically heard before the clerk of the Superior Court. A question we are often asked is, “How long will the adoption process take?” There is no standard answer because each case is unique; however, we will work hard to ensure that we make the process as quick and simple as possible for you and your family.