Adoption is an often rewarding part of family law

On behalf of Scaringi Law posted in Family Law on Thursday, January 28, 2016.

Each year, numerous couples, and individuals, here in Pennsylvania try to have a child. Some of them are unable to become pregnant while others are not able to carry a child to term. When couples are unable to have children themselves, they might turn to an often rewarding part of family law -- adoption.

Some Pennsylvania couples adopt newborns from expectant mothers. Both the adoptive parents and the expectant mother would benefit from understanding their rights and responsibilities during the process. The same could be said for couples who use a surrogate (a woman who carries a whole or partially biological child on behalf of the parents). This is a relatively new area of adoption, and it requires the involvement of an attorney who is familiar with the nuances of this method of having a child.

Others might look to adopt a child from another country. This can be a particularly complex process since it deals with the laws of two countries. Another, seemingly more common form of adoption is when a stepparent wants to adopt the child of his or her new spouse. It is still necessary to either get the consent of the other biological parent or to have that person's parental rights terminated.

Regardless of the type of adoption in which you are interested, it would be a good idea not to attempt to get through the process without a family law attorney who is familiar with adoptions. You should be able to enjoy the prospect of being a parent and preparing for your new child. Your attorney can help guide you through each step and ensure that all of the legal requirements are met.


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