Adoption Attorney In MN
Adoptions are one of the more joyous events in the law, even for the lawyers and judges. Adoptions bring families together. We are skilled adoption attorneys, whether you are interested in an agency adoption, direct adoption, step-parent adoption, or familial adoption.
Types of MN Adoptions
In Minnesota, anyone can adopt another person. In some cases, adoption is relatively straightforward. In others, it can be complex and lengthy. The process for each adoption varies depending on if it is a step-parent or relative adoption, a direct adoption, or an adoption through an agency:
- Step-parent or other relative adoption: Adoption matters involving a step-parent or other relative (grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.) are common.
- Direct adoption: In direct adoption situations, the intended parents enter private agreements with the birth parent(s) to adopt a child, usually when that child is an infant.
- Agency adoption: Agency adoptions are common. Agencies work to bring prospective adoptive parents together with birth parents or with older children in the foster care system.
- Adult adoption: In certain circumstances, people want to legally adopt another adult. In some cases, individuals make this choice to preserve inheritance rights for someone who is not biologically related.
Understanding Adoption Law in MN
In most cases, the process involves gathering necessary documents, serving papers on biological parents and the State of Minnesota, and a brief hearing before a judge. Minnesota does require a criminal background check and search of the putative fathers’ registry in all adoption cases.
Some states require biological parents’ rights to be terminated in one action, and the adoption in a second, separate, action. In Minnesota, termination of biological parents’ rights and granting the adoption are all handled within the adoption action. However, in cases where the child is part of a direct adoption, the process does require two separate steps that occur over a period of months. Depending on the type of adoption you are looking for, the process may be relatively fast and inexpensive as opposed to other legal actions. However, if a parent refuses to consent, or complications arise with an agency, the time and costs can increase.
Take the First Step Toward Adoption Today
Choose the reputable Minnesota adoption and family law attorneys at Parvey, Larson, and McLean. We have dedicated our professional lives to family law matters, including adoptions. We understand the emotional strain the adoption process can bring, as well as the overwhelming joy that often accompanies the end of the adoption journey.
Together, we have 35 years of experience serving individuals and families in North Dakota and Minnesota. This means, when working with us for your Minnesota adoption action, you can be confident there is a skilled advocate and resource by your side.
To learn more, schedule a consultation today.