Making a Lifetime Commitment
Adoption law creates the legal relationship of parent and child between people who do not have a biological parent/child relationship. A Decree of Adoption usually means that the legal relationship is completely severed between the adopted child and the biological parents and is replaced by a legal relationship between the adopted child and the adoptive parent(s); however, this does not apply in a stepparent adoption. For all legal purposes—including support and inheritance rights—adopted children become the children of their adoptive parents. The best interests and needs of the child are the primary purpose and goal of the laws governing adoptions.
Our adoption lawyers at Haas Tharrington, P.A. assist families, blended families, single parents, step-parents and adoptive parents through the legal process of adoption. Adoption can be an exciting and rewarding experience. If you are seeking to adopt, you should do so in an informed manner. This is a decision that involves a lifetime commitment.
Adoptions for Everyone
As the definition of family continues to develop and change, many state laws vary widely in terms of who is permitted to adopt children, and under what circumstances.
Contact us at 919-783-9669 today to discover how our adoption lawyers can help with your concerns.
Adoption and foster agencies often choose so-called “traditional families” for adoption. This sometimes means a young married couple who share the same skin color as the adopted child. Other people who do not fit this profile often have a more difficult time adopting a child. Examples include—
- Older couples
- Single people
- Interracial couples
- Same-sex couples*
- Unmarried heterosexual couples
*If you are a member of a non-traditional family and wish to adopt your partner’s child or have your partner adopt your child, please visit our LGBT Law page for more information. Gay adoption laws require different knowledge and experience related to LGBT laws.
Meeting the Requirements of North Carolina Adoption Law
Regardless of your background, overcoming barriers, fulfilling requirements and completing adoption procedures and paperwork requires knowledge and attention to detail. If you are considering adopting a child or putting a child up for adoption, or have other questions or concerns regarding adoption, our experienced family law attorneys at Haas Tharrington, P.A. can help you make your way through the complex legal process. If you are involved in creating a family through the use of surrogacy or assisted reproduction, please visit our surrogacy page for more information.