Adoption Finalization in MissouriThe finalization usually occurs about six months after placement and will involve a court hearing where the judge overlooks the adoption paperwork and asks questions to determine whether the adoption is in the best interest of the child. Gibbons Law Firm can represent you as adoptive parents through the final step in your journey. From gathering paperwork, setting up the court hearing, and then being there to assist with the hearing. Here are a few things you can expect to see at the hearing:
- Your attorney will ask you, as the parents to introduce yourself, and will provide a brief testimony to verify that this adoption should take place.
- The attorney will ask the family to confirm for the judge that they intend to provide for the child. The judge may also ask the family some friendly questions, and invite photos to be taken.
- When the hearing is complete, the judge will sign the decree of adoption, as well as the other papers associated with the adoption. This could include an order approving payment of living expenses to the birth mother or terminating an alleged father’s parental rights.
Why Do You Need an Adoption Lawyer?And adoption lawyer is a huge asset if you are trying to gain legal guardianship of a child who is not biologically yours. We can help file any necessary paperwork and can represent you in a court if necessary.
How Do You Know If You Need a Lawyer?If you have never gone through adoption, or have any questions about the process, you will want to make use of an adoption lawyer as you begin the process. We will be knowledgable on the state and country-specific adoption laws and can provide the guidance that you need specific to your situation. We can also prepare you for the hearings that may be required, the MO home study, and be there to support you through any legal complications.
Gibbons Law Firm assists clients with all types of family law cases. We are committed to providing legal counseling and advice that clients need in such disputes. Find out more about how we can assist you by contacting our Firm and making an appointment today.
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