Colorado Adoption Attorney
Denver Family Law Lawyer
At its core, the adoption process works to establish a legally binding
parent-child relationship where one did not exist before. There are various
personal and biological reasons which can make adopting a child the right
choice for families or prospective parents. Many different avenues for
adoption exist and depending on your situation, the process can be legally
complex. If you have questions about what may be best for your family,
the Moodie Law Firm can help. Our Denver family law attorneys understand
how important family can be and we possess substantial experience helping
prospective parents with the adoption process.
Call (303) 578-3940 and speak to an attorney about your family’s future.
Types of Adoption
The specific process for adoption can differ greatly depending on the method
a prospective parent chooses, however, they all share common traits. For
example, to be eligible for adoption in Colorado, prospective parents
must pass an investigation known as a home study. Here a parent may be
judged on factors including financial stability, marital health, work-life
balance, criminal history, and if parents have other dependent children.
After a social worker completes the home study examination, a judge will
rule on if the adoption process can proceed.
Types of adoption can include:
Private agency adoptions can be beneficial as they typically have shorter wait times and less overall
variance than when individuals go through public agencies. However, private
adoptions are typically more expensive.
Public agency adoption and foster home adoptions can be less expensive overall but may have longer
waiting periods for prospective parents. Children placed through public
facilities are typically wards of the state.
Step-parent adoptions refer to situations where the biological or custodial parent’s new
spouse formally adopts a child. The adoption process for step parents
can be less complicated unless the other biological parent raises a legal
After the process is complete, the adoptive parent will gain the legal
rights and responsibilities, of a biological and custodial parent. Correspondingly,
in the eyes of the law, the child will be entitled to the same privileges
as a child by birth. Additionally, any legal ties between the former parent
and child will be severed. The previous parent will no longer be able
to make decisions for or act on behalf of the child.
Making the Right Choice for Your Family
Taking a child into your home through the process of adoption can be one
of the most amazing things that parents can do. Whether you are seeking
to adopt through a public agency or you are a step-parent looking to formalize
existing bonds, Our Denver family law lawyer can help you to see that
the process goes as smoothly as possible. We are proud to help prospective
parents to achieve their goals, and if you have any questions regarding
how our firm can help your family, do not hesitate to contact the Moodie
Law Firm today.
initial case evaluation to learn more about your legal options.