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Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer to Adopt?


By definition, adoption is the legal establishment of parental rights over another person. Therefore, no matter the type of adoption, the age of the child, or the benefits you are looking to receive, all adoptions in Oklahoma require an attorney, and for good reason: Adoption attorneys provide a number of additional benefits. Below, we list 3 of them.

Reason #1: An Adoption Lawyer Will Know the Process for Your State

Just like any other legal process, adoption laws vary from state to state. For example, according to Oklahoma law, a child of 12 or older must consent to the adoption. Your lawyer will know the details regarding adoption in your state, which will make the adoption process easier and smoother for you.

Reason #2: An Attorney Can Help You Navigate the Different Types of Adoption

There are a number of different adoption types, depending on your situation, including:

  • Related adoption
  • Step-parent adoption
  • Voluntary adoption
  • Private adoption
  • Overseas adoption
  • Adult adoption

Each type of adoption has specific qualifications, paperwork, and processes. For example, step-parent adoption requires terminating the other biological parent’s parental rights, whereas this is not necessary during a private adoption. Your adoption attorney will know the specifics regarding your adoption and can help you follow the right process.

Reason #3: An Adoption Lawyer Will Know Which Financial Benefits You Can Apply For

You could qualify for a number of financial benefits depending on whether you adopt an infant or older child, and whether you adopt through a private agency or a state-run foster program. In some situations, the state may pay for some or all of your legal fees, issue you a monthly amount of support, and/or provide additional tax benefits. Your lawyer can help you analyze the details regarding each of these, and properly petition for the benefits that apply to you.

Call the Law Offices of Keith J. Nedwick, P.C. Today – (866) 590-8173

Adoption is often a lengthy and emotional process. Our Norman adoption lawyers understand the details concerning adoption in Oklahoma and can help you throughout the entire process. With more than 50 years of experience, we have the legal knowledge to help you. If you are looking for a compassionate legal team to help you through your adoption, contact the Law Offices of Keith J. Nedwick, P.C. today.

We offer free adoption consultations. Call (866) 590-8173 today to schedule one with a qualified Norman adoption attorney.

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