Adopting a child is a joyous event. It is also a legal process that can have frustrating delays and obstacles. The family law firm of Samuel E. Thomas is dedicated to representing and guiding you through the adoption process in a streamlined and cost-effective manner. Seek legal advice early in the process to ensure that there will be no unpleasant surprises later.
We handle a number of unique adoption situations, including:
- Stepparent adoptions
- Grandparent adoptions
- Relative adoptions
- State and private agency adoptions
- Interstate adoption
- Contested adoption
- Termination of parental rights (TPR)
- Involuntary termination of parental rights
- Name change
Many of the adoptions our lawyer handles are by stepparents or relatives who wish to adopt a child already living with them. In these cases, the biological parent is either absent from the child’s life or unable to care for the child. In addition to giving the child the security of a permanent parent-child relationship, adoption gives the adoptive parent all the same legal rights as a biological parent.
As part of the adoption process, the rights of the biological parent or parents must be terminated. A full and complete termination is essential to ensure that the biological parent does not try to undo the adoption later. If the biological parent does not wish to voluntarily terminate his or her rights, there are a number of grounds that Georgia courts will consider when deciding whether those rights should be terminated involuntarily.
Speak With a Caring Adoption Attorney
Understand your options with an initial consultation. Please call the Law Office of Samuel E. Thomas today at (706) 546-0999 or fill out our simple contact form to set up an appointment or to get additional information. Our offices are open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and evening appointments are available. We accept most major credit cards, checks, and cash.