The Family Law Adoption Process Raleigh, NC Domestic Attorneys
Navigating the Adoption and Surrogacy Laws and Policies in North Carolina is No Easy Task, Talk with a Family Law Attorney
There is nothing more joyous and rewarding than opening your heart and home to adopt a child. If you are considering a private adoption of a relative, step-child, or a child you’ve already located, you need an attorney experienced with Special Proceedings and North Carolina adoption laws to help you through what can be a very stressful and complex process.
Many people do not realize that there is only a limited time to prepare the notices and file the petition once a child has been placed in their care for a non-step-parent adoption, or that there is a time requirement for the length of a marriage before a step-parent adoption can occur. There are certain procedures that must be followed to ensure that federal law is not breached concerning the adoption of children from federally recognized Indian tribes, and North Carolina has a significant population of Cherokee descendants in our state. North Carolina also has very strict laws controlling what kinds of payments are allowed in connection with an adoption so that adoptive parents cannot be taken advantage of by people trying to “sell” babies.
With today’s medical innovations, people who are unable to or who do not wish to personally conceive have many medical options available to them. North Carolina legislature has not developed clear laws for several of these situations, including surrogate mothers. Working with an experienced attorney from the very beginning is critical in order to protect you and to achieve your goals. I have experience with surrogacy agreements, step-parent adoptions, relative adoptions, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and both contested and uncontested adoptions. Call me and let me help you add to your family’s joy.
Our family law attorneys help people throughout Wake County, North Carolina. We frequently handle offenses arising out of the following cities: Wake Forest, Holly Springs, Zebulon, New Hope, Knightdale, Rolesville, Garner, Wendell, Raleigh, Morrisville, Cary, Apex and Fuquay-Varina.