St. Joseph Adoption Lawyers
Experienced Adoption Attorneys in St. Joseph, MO
If you’re a family approaching adoption, it is a wonderful but often strenuous process. Adoption is a blessing for both the child, or children, and the parents-to-be. There can be, however, complicated and unforeseen roadblocks during the adoption process. Get qualified legal representation with the St. Joseph Adoption Lawyers at Murphy, Taylor, Siemens & Elliott P.C. We are familiar with adoption law in Missouri and can provide the guidance you need.
Types of Adoption
There are many different types of adoption matters in Missouri and the legal professionals at Murphy, Taylor, Siemens & Elliott P.C. have a track record of successfully assisting families through the varying processes. Some of these types include:
Usually, when individuals are attempting to adopt through an agency, the question of the child’s birth parents is front and center. In order for an adoption to be complete, the agency must see that both birth parents have their parental rights terminated. Our team has helped with this difficult task, to see that the adoptive family sees their dreams realized. Our attorneys work closely with an adoption agency to see that each party involved has their goals met.
Infant Domestic Adoption
During the adoption of an infant, the birth parents are granted 48 hours in which to consent to the adoption in Missouri. This fragile and crucial time demands the understanding guidance of an attorney. With the assistance of our family law attorneys, clients are able to understand each step of the process and also what to anticipate ahead. We stay up to date on the frequently changing adoption laws in Missouri, until the adoption reaches finalization.
If a family is adopting a child born in another state, they must adhere to that state’s and Missouri’s laws. The ICPC (Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children) is a contract that determines the safety of children being adopted across state lines. We understand the intricate standards of this contract and help our clients to comprehend them.
For most families, a stepparent adoption is a possible conclusion towards creating stability in a family. Our attorneys have helped many stepparents who are looking to legally adopt their stepchild. This process requires that the parental rights of the noncustodial parent are terminated. This is completed in court. Our attorneys have the proficiency and responsiveness to assist in this significant step and make sure a stepparent obtains the adoption of a stepchild.
Additional Adoption Areas
Other adoption matters that Murphy, Taylor, Siemens & Elliott P.C. can assist with are:
- Adoption of a foster child
- Guardianship of minors
- Adult Adoption
- Single parent adoption
- Contested Adoptions
- Grandparent and In-Family Adoption
Get Help! Call the skilled St. Joseph Adoption Lawyers at Murphy, Taylor, Siemens & Elliott, P.C. Today
Reach out to our office today to obtain the vital advocacy that is indispensable during an adoption proceeding. Contact us at (816) 364-6677 locally. We offer confidential consultations and can give you peace of mind during an otherwise confusing and uncertain time.