2 Reasons to Hire a Family Law Attorney When Adopting a Child

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Adopting a child is typically going to be a risky and stressful experience, but it will also be a rewarding experience once all is said and done. Thankfully, simply hiring a family attorney to assist you throughout the adoption process is a fantastic way to reduce the risk and stress. An attorney can assist you with private adoptions and finding a reputable adoption agency.

Adoption Agency

One of the hardest parts about trying to adopt a child through an adoption agency is that there are many fake agencies out there that will attempt to convince you that they are legitimate. Once you have paid these fake agencies, they will simply disappear with your money and you will never hear from them again. The risk of running into one of these fraudulent agencies is especially high if you are attempting to adopt a child from another country.

Your attorney can help you find a reputable agency by looking into any agency that you are considering using and determining if it is legitimate. Common red flags that your lawyer will look for will include things such as an agency that has only been in operation for a short while, no physical address for the agency, and frequent complaints against the agency. If any of those are present, your lawyer will likely advise you to look for another agency.

In addition, your lawyer can help you avoid the risk entirely by providing you with the names and contact information for any adoption agencies that he or she has experience with over the years. These agencies will all be great options because you will know that they are both legitimate and reputable.

Private Adoptions

Private adoptions can be quite risky, usually because there is the biological mother can potentially change her mind when the baby is born or late into the pregnancy. This is a major problem when you consider that many private adoption arrangements will consist of you paying for the pregnancy expenses throughout the entire term of the pregnancy in exchange for you adopting the child. If the mother changes her mind, you are not only going to be severely disappointed, but you will also end up having lost a lot of money for nothing.

However, an attorney can create a legally-binding contract before you begin paying for any medical expenses that will lay out the expectations for both parties. If the birth mother then changes her mind, the contract can increase the chances of you winning custody in court, or of having the birth mother be ordered by the court to repay you for the medical expenses. 

Speak to a family lawyer like Bahan Law LLC if you are considering adoption. A family lawyer can help you deal with a private adoption successfully, while also helping you avoid scams on the part of fraudulent adoption agencies or services.