Choosing to adopt can be one of the most rewarding decisions you’ll ever make. However, the adoption process can be long and overwhelming if you choose to do it without a family law attorney. In this article, you’ll discover why you should partner with an attorney in the adoption process.
Getting Approved to Adopt
The first thing you’ll need to do once you decide to adopt is get approved. This may be through the state or an agency, depending on whether you are completing a foster care adoption or a domestic infant adoption.
To adopt in Iowa, you must be at least 21 years old; there are no regulations on your marital status. Though married couples are the most likely to adopt, single-parent adoptions are still very common. Other components included in getting approved for adoption include:
- Home Inspection
- Background Checks
- Drug Tests
Working with a family law attorney can help you prepare for the approval process and ensure you move on to the next step in the adoption process quickly!
Understanding Adoption Regulations
When it comes to adopting, each state has their own set of adoption regulations. If you reside in Iowa, partnering with an expert family law attorney guarantees that you understand and follow all adoption regulations set forth by the state.
One of the most important regulations adoptive parents must understand is the finalization process. The child you hope to adopt has to live with you for at least 6 months before the adoption can be finalized legally. An attorney will help you understand any and all regulations you must follow to adopt in your state.
Following Legal Requirements
Lastly, when you partner with an attorney in the adoption process, you can go forward with your adoption knowing that all your legal bases are covered. Your attorney will help you fill out all the necessary paperwork, petition for adoption and finalize the adoption after the 6 month trial period.
While the adoption process can be filled with both heartache and enormous joy, much of the stress can be relieved with the help of an attorney. Request a consultation with Daniel Willems to learn more about partnering with an attorney for your adoption.