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Adoption

Downers Grove Adoption Lawyers

Elmhurst, Illinois, Adoption Attorneys

Adoptions are one of the joys of practicing law. An adoption is when parental rights are transferred from one or both of the birth parents to the adoptive parents. The adoptive parents are entitled to all rights and obligations of the natural parent and become legally responsible for the child.

A new birth certificate is issued for the child and has the adoptive parents' names as the child's mother and father. The original birth certificate is sealed and can only be accessed by court order.

At the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern, we take great pride in helping form families. We are experienced at handling all types of adoption matters. For more information about our services, please contact us today.

There are two types of adoptions:

  • Intra-family adoptions or relative adoptions
  • Unrelated adoptions. Unrelated adoptions can be open or closed. Open adoption means the adoptive and birth parents keep in contact after the adoption. If the parties involved in the adoption do not know one another or do not remain in touch, this is a closed adoption.

To adopt in Illinois, the party must reside in Illinois for at least six months prior to commencing the adoption proceedings.

To adopt a child under the age of 14, the child's birth parents must voluntarily give up their parental rights by signing a document relinquishing all legal rights to the child. Parental rights can also be terminated involuntarily if the parents are declared unfit by the court. A party seeking to adopt a child over the age of 14 must have the child's consent.

In matters involving grandparent adoptions, the court may consider the relationship of the children to their grandparents and if there is a pre-existing visitation schedule in place.

When step-parent adoptions are being sought, the court can consider if both birth parents are providing consent, the age of the children, and the stability of the household.

Adopting a child is one of the most rewarding feelings a person can experience. We are committed to helping you start or expand your family. We are proud of our adoption practice and will walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have. We welcome your business and you can rest assured our attorneys will handle your matter competently and professionally.

Contact us to start growing your family and the bonds between you.