Whether you are a married couple, a single parent, a stepparent or a blood relative interested in adoption, I am here to walk you through the process and assert your legal rights. The adoption procedure in Tennessee can be quick and easy with relatively low costs, or it can stretch on for years with many setbacks and high fees. Each case must be viewed independently by a competent and experienced family law adoption attorney. When all is said and done, you and your family can expect to quickly forget all the hardships once you have that extra smile at your kitchen table.
Before you can adopt a child, the parental rights of the parents must be terminated. If you are working with an agency to adopt a child who has been “freed for adoption,” parental rights will have already been terminated. If not, then this will have to be done as part of your case.
If parental rights have been terminated, then what happens next will vary depending on your relationship to the child. For a blood relative or stepparent, it is a quicker and easier procedure. For a non-relative the requirements are more demanding. The adoption process usually includes:
The adoption process can be stressful if you don’t know what to expect. Since 1995, I’ve ushered new families down the path that leads to a growing family. I always keep you informed about how your case is progressing, and I work with individuals and agencies to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.
If you are involved in a family law issue, call my office at 615-208-9851 or contact me online for your free initial consultation. I offer flexible office hours and I am pleased to return calls after hours for your convenience. I serve clients throughout Nashville and in the surrounding counties of Sumner, Rutherford, Hickman, Wilson, Montgomery, Maury, Cheatham, Robertson, Dickson and Williamson.