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Los Angeles Attorneys Manage the Legal Aspects of Adoption

California lawyers focused on building families

Adopting a child brings happiness to families, but a biological parent’s change of heart or an immigration setback can turn a joyous occasion into a stressful ordeal. At the Law Office of Jennifer S.F. Lim in Los Angeles, we have substantial experience handling the complex legal procedures and frustrating red tape of the adoption process for our clients throughout California. If you need help adopting a child, we are ready to guide you through the process, step by step, so you can focus on your new family member.

We help clients with the following areas of adoption:

  • Termination of parental rights
  • Paternity registry
  • Open adoptions
  • Closed adoptions
  • Private adoptions
  • Domestic adoptions
  • International adoptions
  • Stepparent adoptions

Our family law attorneys provide reliable counsel throughout the adoption process.

Careful approach to the termination of parental rights

Stories abound about birth parents challenging an adoption after it is finalized. These well-publicized news accounts reflect a real fear for adoptive parents. The suffering associated with a badly handled adoption affects everybody involved — the adoptive parents, the birth parents and the children who are caught in the middle. At the Law Office of Jennifer S.F. Lim, we ensure that both the birth and adoptive parents’ rights are respected so that the end result is a final adoption that cannot be challenged. We substantiate that the birth parents consent to the adoption freely and voluntarily to avoid claims of fraud, duress and coercion.

Overcoming a biological father’s resistance to an adoption

The biological father has the same parental rights as the biological mother, especially if he is named in the state’s putative father registry and has provided support for the child. Fathers who are active in their children’s lives are generally opposed to adoption, whereas uninterested fathers are usually content to surrender parental rights voluntarily to be free from support obligations. The adoption court may terminate the parental rights of a child’s biological parents if they are found to be parentally unfit and and if it is in the best interests of the child. Our skillful attorneys with the Law Office of Jennifer S.F. Lim take all necessary steps to obtain the consent of birth parents or putative parents to a child’s adoption, and when necessary and proper, litigate the matter of terminating the rights of the biological parents.

Experience with various types of domestic adoption

An open adoption agreement permits the biological family to maintain a relationship with the child. The terms of the agreement are established by written contract and can include any level of involvement ranging from regular visits to yearly snapshots exchanged by mail. A closed adoption protects the identity of the biological parents and the child but may include disclosure of essential information such as the child’s heritage and medical history. Whichever type of adoption you choose, we meticulously draft a contract that reflects the terms of your adoption.

Capable assistance with international adoptions

International adoptions present unique challenges. Also called intercountry adoptions, the process involves a complex web of laws and policies, including those of California, the United States, U.S. immigration, the child’s country of birth and the Hague Adoption Convention. Our attorneys will guide you through every step to avoid potential problems and ensure a smooth process through the bureaucratic rules and regulations. Our goal is to help you bring your child home as soon as legally possible.

Contact our skilled California adoption attorneys

Adoption has the potential to bring your family great joy, but only if you overcome legal impediments. The Law Office of Jennifer S.F. Lim in Los Angeles, California provides dependable legal services for adoptions in California. Call 213-680-9332 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our office.