2 Reasons To Hire A Family Lawyer To Help With An Adoption

24 February 2015
 Categories: Law, Blog


An adoption can be one of the most stressful and time-consuming procedures that you can undertake, mostly because of all of the potential scams and red-tape. The good news is that you can hire a family lawyer to help reduce the stress and risks associated with the adoption process so that you can focus on the many great aspects of adoption. Two reasons to hire a family lawyer are to help with private adoptions and finding reputable adoption agencies.

Private Adoptions

Private adoptions are quite popular with people who want to adopt, but do not want to deal with an adoption agency. The most common type of private adoption is the type where you agree to pay for a pregnant woman's pregnancy-related medical bills and expenses until she gives birth, at which point you get the child. 

The problem with this approach is that it is quite common for the biological parent, or parents, to decide that they want to keep the child. This can often lead to quite a bit of heartbreak for you because it means that your months of waiting for this child were pointless. In addition, you can also end up losing all of the money you spent paying for the pregnant woman's medical bills.

However, a family lawyer can help you by ensuring that there is a legally binding contract in place before you begin paying for the medical bills. This contract will make it easier to win your case in court if you decide to fight for custody if the biological parents choose to keep the child. In addition, even if you do not win custody of the child, the contract can allow you to get your money back from the biological parents because they did not uphold their part of the agreement.

Finding Reputable Adoption Agencies

One of the biggest risks that comes from working with an adoption agency is that there are quite a few fraudulent agencies in existence that will take your money and simply disappear without helping you find a child. However, your attorney can help you avoid that by researching any adoption agencies you may find in order to determine if they are legitimate, or if there are any red flags. 

In addition, a family lawyer can recommend adoption agencies. This is possible because most family lawyers that deal with adoptions have likely worked with multiple agencies over the years, and they will be able to provide you with a list of legitimate ones that they have worked with.

Speak to a family lawyer from a firm like Ritter & LeClere APC Attorneys At Law today if you are considering adopting a child. A family lawyer can help you avoid scams in the form of fraudulent adoption agencies, while also helping you deal with a private adoption.