Orange County, NC Adoption Attorney
Growing Families in Chapel Hill, Durham & Surrounding Areas
Adopting a child is a wonderful and exciting opportunity. However, the legal process can often be complicated and disheartening. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed with endless paperwork and concerns about making sure that everything is completed correctly and on time. As you plan to bring a new member into your family, rely on Browner Law, PLLC to walk you through every aspect of the adoption process. Our Orange County, NC adoption lawyer can help you understand your legal rights. We can also help you build a solid plan for how to proceed with your case.
Call (919) 887-8662 now to speak to our experienced Orange County, NC adoption lawyer.
Petitioning for Adoption in North Carolina
North Carolina, like all other states, has complex laws that dictate how adoptions must take place. While each adoption is different, some general rules and processes are true for all cases.
There are many different types of adoption, including:
- Agency adoption
- Step-parent adoption
- Foreign adoption
- Surrogacy adoption
- Relative adoption
- Foster care adoption
- Independent or private adoption
To begin the process, one must file a petition for adoption. Only individuals who are above the age of 18 are eligible to file a petition. An additional requirement states that the petitioner must have lived in North Carolina for six consecutive months prior to filing. The only exception to this rule is when the petitioner resides in North Carolina and is adopting a child who has lived in the state since birth or for six consecutive months prior to filing.
When the petition is filed, it must also include all required supporting documentation for the particular form of adoption being applied for, as well as any necessary parental consents. If the adoption petition is not opposed, a hearing will most likely be unnecessary. On the other hand, if it is opposed, the court will hold a hearing to determine if the adoption is in the best interest of the child.
Take the First Step in Your Adoption Case. Call (919) 887-8662!
Browner Law, PLLC is committed to helping families grow through adoption. To learn more about the adoption process and what we can do for you, contact our Orange County adoption attorney today. We can help you get through the various complications that often arise during the many stages of the adoption process. Whatever the issue is, we can protect your rights and help you find solutions.
No two cases are the same and you will never be treated as such.
We take the time to understand your case. We will educate and prepare you for what is to come.
Our clients are like family; we are with them every step of the way.
Our founding attorney has nearly two decades of legal experience.