The adoption process can be one of the most rewarding experiences for a family lawyer and the client. Ordinarily, a family is limited to those persons to whom we just happen to be related or marry. Adoption, however, allows us to have some control over who we get to call family. Family is more than just about blood. It is also about commitment and love. It is truly one of the most important times in the life of any family.
But for all the joy that adoptions can bring, they can also be one of a family’s most difficult experiences. Things often go wrong. And unfortunately, the process often falls through with no fault of the parties or the adoption attorney.
This is why a person who is thinking of an adoption must be careful about hiring a lawyer. It doesn’t matter if it is an agency adoption, single-parent adoption, step-parent adoption, grandparent adoption, or adult adoption. Everyone needs to find a competent attorney to offer guidance through the process. There are multiple reasons for this. First, the Arkansas adoption process is very specific. If you miss something, even something minor, it may delay or prevent the adoption. (For a brief list of the requirements for an Arkansas adoption, click here.) A second reason to find a good Arkansas adoption attorney is because you need someone who knows you and can shepherd you through it.
Too often, an adoption attorney will seize upon a party’s weakness and use that to his or her advantage. This is common when a couple wants to adopt a newborn after an extended season of being unable to conceive. They often want a child so badly that they will listen to anyone who says that he or she can help. Again, this is why it’s so important to find the best Arkansas adoption attorney that you can.
At Wilson & Haubert, we are Arkansas adoption attorneys that are focused on the end game. That is, what’s best for your family? Our measure of success isn’t getting paid. On some occasions, we may help you decide that adoption is not best for you at this time. We are here to help walk you through the process. We want to make sure that your choice to extend your family tree is truly what’s best for you.
The most important thing to do is to be informed. We can help with that. Please contact us today if you have any questions about the adoption process. We understand both the law and the practical aspects of this process.