St. Louis Adoption Lawyer
How to Adopt a Stepchild in Missouri
Welcoming a new member to your family is an exciting time, but it will also present legal challenges that must be overcome. Whether you want to adopt a stepchild or other family member, or are interested in traditional adoption, a skilled St. Louis adoption attorney can help you navigate the necessary paperwork and proceedings with ease.
At Cavanagh & Associates, we represent families across St. Louis, St. Charles, Chesterfield, and the surrounding areas who are looking to adopt. In Missouri, most of these cases are heard in the juvenile court division of county courts. We know how these proceedings work and can guide you through every step to avoid mistakes that could lead to delays or disruptions that may affect your ability to adopt.
To get started, call (314) 309-2799. We offer a consultation to discuss your adoption goals.
What Are The Different Types of Adoption in Missouri?
Are you looking for experienced counsel and support? St. Louis adoption lawyer Jack Cavanagh has over half of a century of legal experience. He is a strong advocate for his clients’ rights and uses his considerable knowledge of family law and adoption legislation to effectively represent his clients’ interests.
We provide adoption counsel across St. Louis, Chesterfield, and St. Charles related to:
- Stepparent Adoptions – Stepparent adoptions commonly occur when a parent remarries and the new spouse wishes to adopt their child. Often, the other parent is absent from the child’s life and the stepparent wants to take on the legal rights and responsibilities of parenting.
- Grandparent Adoptions – Grandparent adoptions are often pursued when a child’s parents are physically and/or financially unable to provide for their child, have not provided sufficient care, or the parent is in trouble with the law, most often related to drug or substance abuse. Tragically, some grandparent adoptions follow the death of a parent.
- Independent Private Adoptions – An independent private adoption grants a person or couple, legal parentage of a child after the birth parents voluntarily give up their parental rights. Before you can assume legal responsibility for a child, the child’s parents must first terminate their own parental rights. Often, the termination of parental rights is a formality, but in cases involving abuse or neglect, it can be necessary for a court to terminate parental rights.
We at Cavanagh & Associates can assist you in understanding the rights and obligations you will assume as you seek to adopt your child and establish your legal status as the parent of your child.
We're ready to hear from you. Contact us at (314) 309-2799 today to schedule your case evaluation.
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