Congratulations on your decision to adopt a child: it’s a heartwarming choice that will bring you joy for the rest of your life. However, adoption isn’t just an emotional process – it’s a legal process, too, and comes with built-in issues like birth parent rights, open versus closed, and much more. You’ll need the right legal professional in your corner to guide you through the ins-and-outs of adoption law. Whether you’re adopting domestically or abroad, an infant or a teenager, you can rest easy with Branton Law Firm as your legal support.
Adoption Laws in Louisiana can be very confusing. Most adoptions fall into the category of those that are done by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) through a child in need of care (CINC) proceeding. In those instances, the minor child may be placed for adoption with the family or individual who has been caring for the child under an Order of Custody issued by a Juvenile Court Judge.
Many adoptions are done as intra-family adoptions. In many instances, a mother has custody of the minor child, has remarried, and the new husband and mother are seeking to make their home into one family unit. In some instances, where there is a court order of child support and/or visitation, the consent of the other parent is not necessary if there is a Court Order and he/she has failed to pay child support without reason for a period in excess of six months and/or has failed to visit the child for a period in excess of six months. This is very fact specific area of the law and you should consult an experienced adoption lawyer.
Contact Branton Law Firm today at (985) 807-1410 to schedule your free, confidential consultation with Charles Branton.