Brentwood Adoption Lawyer

Adopting someone into your family, be it a child, teenager, or adult, is an exciting time. However, due to the relational interaction and variables involved, adoption can prove to be a stressful and trying time as you try to navigate the legal system. To ensure your adoption process is smooth and legally binding, it is essential to enlist the help of a caring adoption lawyer. At Cole Law Group, our family law attorneys can guide you and your loved ones through each stage of the adoption process.

Want more information about Tennessee adoptions? Contact Cole Law Group.

Who Can Adopt?

Adoption refers to the legal process in which the parental rights and responsibilities of the biological parents are legally and permanently transferred to the child's adoptive family. Certain rules and regulations guide the adoption process and determine who is eligible or ineligible to adopt another individual. For example, one person of a married couple cannot legally adopt a child unless the spouse adopts the child as well. Also, a deceased individual may not be listed as an adoptive parent, even if the surviving spouse wishes his or her name to be included in the adoptive parentage.

Take a look at some of the individuals who are eligible to adopt:

  • Citizens and non-citizens
  • Single individuals
  • An individual at least 18 years old
  • An individual who has maintained regular housing for six consecutive months prior to filing the adoption petition
  • Individuals who have obtained an approved home study, except in cases of relative adoption or step-parent circumstances

Other requirements to keep in mind:

  • If an individual is looking to adopt a related child, he or she must be a resident when the petition is filed.
  • If an individual is in the military and stationed outside of Tennessee, but resided in a singular abode for six consecutive months before entering the military, the residency requirement is not applicable.

For more information on whether or not you are eligible to adopt in Tennessee, speak with one of our Brentwood adoption attorneys. We will guide you through your options.

Types Of Adoption

There are multiple classifications of adoption based upon different factors. Each type of adoption brings with it its own unique requirements and procedures. Your Cole Law Group attorney will explain and help you navigate the process that is applicable to your unique situation. Some specific types of adoption include the following:

  • Step-Parent Adoption: This form of adoption commonly occurs after a minor has lived with the step-parent for quite a while. The step-parent has been like a parent to the minor and the adoption simply makes it legally official.
  • Relative Adoption: Relatives are defined by Tennessee law as including step-parents, first degree cousins, whole or half siblings, aunts and uncles, grandparents, any degree of great-grandparents, any degree of great aunts and uncles, and the spouses of any listed relatives.
  • State Adoption: The child is in the custody of the state and placed into a foster home, typically a home of parents looking to potentially adopt the child.
  • Private Adoption: Without the use of an agency, a child is placed into a home to be adopted.
  • International Adoption: A two-step process is usually involved in foreign adoption. First, the child must be adopted in the foreign country. Then, the child must be adopted in the United States. Most children adopted from foreign countries are adopted from orphanages.
  • Adult Adoption: The individual to be adopted who is over 18 must consent to this adoption.

Adoption can be complicated and may require the professional help of a family law attorney. If you are considering adoption, or have already begun the process, reach out to our Brentwood adoption lawyers today. We can individually evaluate your circumstances and create a customized solution for you and your loved ones.

Qualified Adoption Assistance Is Just A Phone Call Away

Our firm is ready to co-partner with you and your loved ones during this exciting process. We offer personalized attention from the beginning to the end of your case. We would be proud to represent you and your family during your adoption proceeding.

Call 615-490-6020 for adoption advice from a Brentwood lawyer today!