Midvale Adoption Lawyer
Helping Clients Understand Utah Adoption Laws
For many first-time adopters, the adoption process can be obscure and confusing. The information is not always readily available to those who don’t know where to look. To help you out, Haskins James will let you know the legal information included in the Utah adoption process so you can be educated and ready for anything.
Though most people don’t think they need a lawyer when the adoption case is local, that is not the case. Having legal representation is essential, even if the adoption process is completely uncontested by the birth parents. Having a Midvale adoption lawyer walk you through the process means you won’t ever be surprised by what Utah adoption law demands of adopting parents.
At Haskins James, we can help with:
- Stepparent adoptions
- Local adoptions
- Grandparent adoptions
- International adoptions
- Agency adoptions
For more information and to schedule a free consultation, call (801) 850-0155.
What Are the Requirements to Adopt a Child in Utah?
Utah adoption laws require that background checks be performed on both parents, and that might involve a home visit to ensure that the conditions in the home will facilitate the growth of a child. In Utah, an age difference requirement between the adopter and the adoptee must be met for the adoption process to continue. Parents must be at least 21 years old and must be at least 10 years older than the child they are adopting. Additionally, in some cases, consent from the adoptee is required.
Whether you and your spouse can’t have a child or want to bring another child into your lives, adoption is a great option for many people. However, if you are unaware of the adoption laws in Utah, you might have trouble with the adoption process. An adoption lawyer can help you so everything regarding the adoption process can go smoothly and quickly.
Adopting a Stepchild in Utah
Many of the adoption cases that judges and attorneys see is adoption done by a stepparent. This might happen because one of the biological parents isn't capable of performing parental duties or doesn't want to be part of the child's life.
While working with an adoption lawyer at our Midvale firm, you will be able to know whether or not you need consent from the biological parent. Depending on the circumstances of the adoption case, you and your adoption attorney might have to go to court to get the adoption rights.
In some cases, however, the biological parent's consent is not needed, and you can move forward with adoption.
Can Same-Sex Couples Adopt a Child?
Same-sex couples can adopt in Utah, but they must meet the marriage requirements set by the state. Those requirements include:
- Un-Married cohabiting couples may not adopt
- The consent of your spouse if you are married
- Some adoption agencies require that you be married for at least two years
Contact Our Adoption Attorney Today
When working with an adoption lawyer at Haskins James, you will approach this process in an educated manner to reach your final goal and become the caregiver you’ve always wanted to be. We offer a risk-free consultation to discuss your adoption goals and how we can help you achieve them.
Together, we can work to accomplish your goal of adopting a child. Contact us today!
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