Adoption in Illinois and Missouri
Typically, adoption is the legal process that terminates the rights of biological parents and establishes a legal parent-child relationship with adoptive, non-biological parents. Adoption can take many forms, including:
- Infant adoption with unrelated parties
- Adoption of a stepchild
- Adoption of a person 18 years old or older
- Adoption of a child related to adoptive parents
There are many different ways an adoption can come about, both with parental consent and without. The process can become lengthy, with both Illinois and Missouri requiring a six-month waiting period between awarding physical custody and the actual adoption. The process requires a large amount of paperwork and calls for a number of different fees. Failure to provide proper documents or fill out information appropriately could compromise the adoption process. The legal team at the Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm has experience handling these family matters. We can provide information, peace of mind and guidance to protect the rights of everyone involved and help ensure the security of your family.
Every adoption is unique, and families should carefully consider every aspect of an adoption, from the initial act to questions that may arise years down the road. With a complete adoption plan and court decision, families on both sides can protect themselves and avoid frustrating and emotional disagreements down the road. Some considerations that can be addressed include:
- Open adoption vs. Closed adoption
- Sharing of medical histories
- Future contact
Mistakes during the adoption process can be costly and emotionally devastating. Let the experienced team at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm help you prepare and execute an adoption plan to protect your family both now and in the future. Call our office today at 855-522-5291 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping the people of Illinois and Missouri handle legal matters while protecting their families as much as possible. We understand how difficult and worrisome it can be when your family’s future is at stake. We are here to provide knowledgeable representation, fight to help you reach your goals and protect the future of you and your loved ones. If you need answers to legal questions or you are ready to get started resolving your family matter, take a moment to fill out our online contact form for a prompt response from a member of our legal team.