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Legal stakes can be quite high during adoption

Adopting a child can be one of the most important and fulfilling events in a parent's life. However, it can also be very difficult and upsetting for parents who are giving up a child for adoption. No matter what side of the matter you may be on, it can be crucial for everyone involved to have legal representation.

If you are a person looking to adopt, you need to understand what the guidelines are based on the type of adoption you are pursuing and from where you are adopting. Domestic and international laws vary considerably so pursuing the adoption of a child in Georgia can be a very different process than adopting a child from another country.

If you are a parent who is giving a child up for adoption, then you should understand what parental rights you are giving up and what role you may or may not be able to play in that child's life. You should also be familiar with laws that dictate who must give permission in order for the adoption to be lawful.

Prospective parents may face complications when it comes to adopting, even if they are a step-parent or other family member. If the well-being of the child could be in jeopardy or if concerns are raised during home studies, the adoption can be delayed or even denied.

Family laws regarding adoption are complex and vary depending on the type of adoption, jurisdictions and the people involved. If the appropriate steps are not taken during an adoption, it may be challenged and ultimately, adoptive parents could lose their child. 

In order to avoid the potentially devastating issues that can arise before, during or after an adoption, it can be crucial for anyone considering adoption to discuss their situation with an attorney who understands adoption laws and how much is at stake. Our law firm has helped people all across Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County resolve adoption matters. You can learn more about our team and our background in family law by visiting our website.

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Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C.
4799 Sugarloaf Pkwy
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Lawrenceville, GA 30044

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