Successful Adoptions- Achieving a successful adoption requires more than simply knowing which forms to fill out. For instance, if the child’s biological parents are living, an adoption generally requires their consent absent special circumstances, such as if they have abandoned the child and failed to provide support. An adoption terminates the parental rights of the child’s natural parent(s) and vests those rights in the adoptive parent(s). Litigation is sometimes required to establish paternity or terminate parental rights. Wilmington family lawyer is a skilled litigator and transactional attorney, and we are as comfortable negotiating, drafting and reviewing contracts as we are litigating tough legal issues. -
One of the most satisfying things we do at Godwin Law Firm is help families grow through the adoption process. Our firm uses decades of knowledge, skill and experience to make sure the adoption process concludes successfully and with the minimum amount of time, expense and stress on the parties involved.
There are many different types of adoptions, each of which with different legal processes and requirements. We help families navigate through the adoption process for:
Step-parent adoptions – When a parent remarries following a divorce, the new father may wish to adopt his wife’s child as his own. A legal adoption provides many benefits to the child, including the right to support, access to health insurance, inheritance rights, and more, as well as an overall strengthening of the family bond.
Foster parent(s) – Children who have lost their parents or been removed from the home due to abuse or neglect need a stable, nurturing environment to grow up in. Adoptive parents can provide that environment, and we can help make it happen.
Private adoptions – We help parents add a member to their family through private adoption agencies or direct adoptions, ensuring that all necessary documents are carefully and correctly prepared and that the parties fully understand the relationship they are entering into.
Relative adoptions – Children who have been placed with extended family members for a variety of reasons, can be adopted by a relative through the relative adoption process.
Same sex adoptions- North Carolina now recognizes same sex marriages or long-standing relationships as able to adopt children into their loving home.
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WILMINGTON NC DIVORCE, CIVIL, AND CRIMINAL LAW FIRM
FAMILY LAW DIVORCE, CHILD CUSTODY, CHILD SUPPORT, ALIMONY, SEPARATION AND PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS, PROPERTY DIVISION, WILLS, NAME CHANGES, ADOPTIONS
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Godwin Law Firm • 910.762.0410 • 8 South 6th Street • Wilmington, NC 28401
Supporting New Hanover County, Brunswick County, Pender County and Onslow County
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