San Diego Adoption Lawyers
Board Certified Family Law Specialists
Adoption is a legal process by which a legal adult, other than one of the biological parents of the minor child, becomes legally responsible for that minor child. There are essentially two types of adoption. There are step-parent adoptions and third-party adoptions, such as when grandparents adopt their grandchildren.
Both types of adoptions can be either "contested" or "uncontested." Contested adoptions occur when the biological parent, or other relative(s), object through legal process to the adoption being granted by the court. An uncontested adoption occurs when there is no opposition to the adoption, either by the biological parent or from anyone else.
At Law & Mediation Firm of Klueck & Hoppes, APC, we handle every type of adoption situation with an eye towards creating strong family relationships. If you have questions about the adoption process, we encourage you to contact us online, or call any of our two offices located throughout Southern California to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
Call (619) 577-4900 today to know all of your options and how you can do what is best for your family quickly, effectively, and smoothly.
Step-parent adoptions happen when the parent who has custody of the child remarries. Sometimes the biological parent is deceased and the motivation of the adoption is to ensure that the child has two parents to love and care for the child. More often, the motivation is to have the custodial parent's new spouse, who is most likely living in the residence with the child, become legally responsible for the child with whom the new spouse lives on a day-to-day basis.
The biological parent often cooperates with this process because, once the cohabitant of the custodial parent adopts the child, the "new dad" or "new mom" is responsible for the child in all ways, including financially. The biological parent no longer is required to pay ongoing child support as long as there are not any arrears that are still owed.
We will assist your blended family and guide you through the entire process. Adoption can often trigger certain issues, such as how grandparents' rights may be affected, and our firm will help you plan for all of these circumstances. Our attorneys possess advanced degrees in family counseling, so we can help you navigate these issues on both a legal and emotional level.
Additionally, an adoption proceeding takes place in juvenile court, which means it is also equally important to hire a lawyer who is familiar with juvenile court rules and procedures. Our attorneys are not only familiar with the paperwork and procedures - we also relish the opportunity to help families formalize adoption arrangements because we know the court sees an adoption as an act of optimism. These are often the happiest days on the calendar for the court, and we believe our job is to help families move through this process smoothly and successfully.
Contact Our Law Firm
If you have questions or wish to schedule a free initial consultation or appointment with one of our lawyers, contact our law firm by phone or by completing our online contact form. Law & Mediation Firm of Klueck & Hoppes, APC has two office locations for your convenience. Our primary law office is in La Mesa, California, near the San Diego State University College area. We also have a satellite office in La Jolla.