STEPPARENT, GRANDPARENT, AND PRIVATE ADOPTIONS
We are Tennessee lawyers focused on building families
Adopting a child brings happiness to families, but a biological parent’s change of heart or an immigration setback can turn a joyous occasion into a stressful ordeal. We have substantial experience handling the complex legal procedures and frustrating red tape of the adoption process for our clients throughout Tennessee. Whether step-parent adoption, grandparent adoption, or an arranged private adoption,we are ready to guide you through the process, step by step, so you can focus on your new family member.
We help clients with the following areas of adoption:
- Grandparent adoptions
- Termination of parental rights
- Putative father registry
- Private adoptions
- Domestic adoptions
- International adoptions
- Stepparent adoptions
We provide reliable counsel throughout the adoption process.
Experience with various types of domestic adoption
An open adoption agreement permits the biological family to maintain a relationship with the child. The terms of the agreement are established by written contract and can include any level of involvement ranging from regular visits to yearly snapshots exchanged by mail. A closed adoption protects the identity of the biological parents and the child but may include disclosure of essential information such as the child’s heritage and medical history. Whichever type of adoption you choose; we meticulously draft a contract that reflects the terms of your adoption. The law has recently changed in this area, so contact us for a consultation to discuss your options.
Grandparent and Stepparent Adoption
Grandparent and Stepparent adoptions face fewer requirements than private adoptions or adoptions involving termination of parental rights, yet they remain a complex area of law. We are experienced in this area and have taken cases to the Tennessee Court of Appeals on these issues. We know the stringent requirements, from the petition to the burden of proof at trial. Let us help you navigate this area of Tennessee family law.
Contact us to speak to the adoption attorney
Adoption has the potential to bring your family great joy, but only if you overcome legal impediments. We provide dependable legal services for adoptions in Tennessee. Call 901-842-9564 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.