Rhode Island Adoption Attorneys
Family Law Adoption Lawyers in RI
At McIntyre Tate LLP, our Rhode Island family law attorneys provide comprehensive representation on many topics, including adoption, divorce, and child custody issues. Adopting a child should be a happy occasion for any new parent but in many cases, legal paperwork and other issues may complicate the matter and lead to confusion. Having a trusted Rhode Island adoption attorney by your side throughout the adoption process can alleviate the stress.
Providing Quality Representation for Adoptions
Utilizing more than 150 years of combined experience in the field of family law, our legal team provides representation and guidance in all aspects of adoption to clients located across the state. We strive to educate clients on the many facets of an adoption and help you make informed decisions regarding how to proceed with your case. There are different types of adoptions and resulting issues, all of which we are very familiar with.
- Our Rhode Island adoption attorneys have the ability to handle the following situations:
- International adoptions
- Local adoptions
- Agency adoptions
- Stepparent adoptions
- Open adoptions
- Grandparent adoptions
- Same sex adoptions
- Adult adoptions
Caring Guidance for Same Sex Adoptions
Our firm is sensitive to the needs of all adoptive parents, including gay and lesbian parents. We assist same sex couples in all aspects of the adoption process, from finding an agency to handling the paperwork and legal issues related to the actual adoption. It is important to our team that all couples seeking to adopt a child are treated equally. Our Rhode Island adoption lawyers provide effective comprehensive assistance and advocacy to all of our clients, regardless of sexual orientation.
Who can be an adoptive parent?
In order to qualify for adoption, prospective parents must complete a home study conducted by a licensed adoption agency. This study includes state and national clearance checks, medical reports, and financial statements. The intentions of this are to ensure that the child will have a safe environment with loving parents. Most adoptions are considered final after the child has lived with the prospective parents for a minimum of six months, although there are cases where the waiting period is dismissed upon good cause shown.
Who initiates the adoption finalization process?
In most circumstances, the petition will be filled by a lawyer or licensed adoption agency. Anyone who is currently living in Rhode Island may petition the family court for leave to adopt as his or her child any person younger than him or herself and under the age of 18.