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Related Adoption


West Dundee Attorneys Assisting Clients with Stepparent and Relative Adoptions

Adoption is a difficult journey, but one with many rewards waiting for you when it is all over. The related adoption process can be long and complicated, and there are many legal hurdles that must be overcome. If you are considering adopting a relative or stepchild, it is important to work with a seasoned family law attorney to ensure that the process is smooth and seamless.

At the Law Office of Vogel & Mourelatos, LLC, we have over 30 years of combined family law experience. Our lawyers have helped countless clients with the legal resources needed to navigate the complexities of the adoption process in Kane County and the surrounding areas. 

We are well-established and trusted in the community, and provide individualized representation to each client we serve. Our law firm understands that adoption is a confusing and frustrating legal process, and we serve by your side as your adoption attorneys from start to finish to help bring your journey to a successful conclusion.

Relative Adoptions in Illinois

Our adoption attorneys assist clients with all types of related adoptions, including but not limited to:

  • Stepparent Adoptions
  • Grandparent Adoptions
  • Special Needs Adoptions
  • Adult Adoptions
  • Sibling Adoptions
  • Other Relative Adoptions

The first thing to determine when adopting relatives is if it will be an open or closed adoption. With an open adoption, the birth parents can still communicate with the child; while in a closed adoption, the birth parents give up their right to interact with the child and adoptive family. 

With many relative adoptions, the child is older and already knows the birth parents. In such cases, it often makes sense to opt for an open or at least semi-open adoption.

Another important consideration is the location of the parties involved. If everyone lives in Illinois, a more streamlined process may be available than if the parties involved reside in different states. 

If the adoptive parents and child live in different states, the more complex Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) process must be followed.

In the case of stepparent adoptions, the parental rights of the other biological parent must be terminated before a stepparent can adopt the child of his/her spouse. 

If the other parent does not consent to the adoption, you must establish grounds for termination of parental rights. Potential grounds may include:

  • Abandonment;
  • Statutory neglect;
  • Desertion for at least three months prior to beginning the adoption process;
  • Failure to pay child support despite having the financial means to do so;
  • Failure to make a reasonable effort to become part of the child’s life;
  • Physical abuse.

What does an adoption attorney in Illinois do?

An adoption attorney in Illinois provides legal advice and representation to people who are adopting or being adopted. They can help with all aspects of the adoption process, including:

  • Preparing and filing the necessary paperwork: This includes the petition for adoption, the home study report, and the consent to adoption.
  • Navigating the legal requirements for adoption in Illinois: This includes residency requirements, age requirements, and background checks.
  • Representing their clients in court: This may be necessary if there are objections to the adoption or if there are other legal challenges.
  • Advocating for their clients’ rights and interests: This includes ensuring that their clients are treated fairly and that their rights are protected.
  • Providing guidance on specific issues related to adoption: This includes choosing the right type of adoption, finding an adoption agency or birth parents, completing a home study, dealing with objections to the adoption, and finalizing the adoption.

What are the benefits of hiring an adoption attorney in Illinois?

The decision of whether or not to hire an adoption attorney is a deeply personal one. People who are considering adoption should weigh the pros and cons carefully and make the decision that is best for them and their family.

  • Adoption attorneys have a deep understanding of the adoption process and the legal requirements for adoption in Illinois.
  • Adoption attorneys can represent their clients in court and advocate for their rights and interests.
  • Adoption attorneys can help their clients avoid common mistakes that can derail the adoption process.
  • Adoption attorneys can provide peace of mind and reassurance to their clients during a complex and emotional process.

If you are considering adopting a child in Illinois, I encourage you to consult with an experienced adoption attorney. They can help you understand the adoption process and your legal options, and they can provide you with the support you need to complete a successful adoption.

Speak with a Compassionate Barrington Hills, IL Adoption Attorney

Adopting a child or adult can be a long and arduous process, and the decision to adopt is not one that can be made lightly. At the Law Office of Vogel & Mourelatos, LLC, we understand the sacrifices adoptive parents make to selflessly invest in the life of another human being. 

Our law firm is there to provide skilled guidance in adoption law and support along the way, so you can experience the joy of welcoming a new member to your family.

If you need help with any type of related adoption in Illinois, contact our office today at 847-428-7725 or 630-200-4882 for an initial consultation. We serve as adoption attorneys for clients in Kane County, McHenry County, DuPage County, Cook County/Rolling Meadows, Algonquin, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Batavia, Bull Valley, Burlington, Campton Hills, Carpentersville, Cary, Crystal Lake, Dundee, East Dundee, Elgin, Geneva, Lake in the Hills, Pingree Grove, St. Charles, South Elgin, West Chicago, West Dundee, Woodstock and the surrounding Illinois communities.