Glendora, California Adoption Attorney
Aiding Families in the Adoption Process in Diamond Bar
Morris Law Firm, we understand how crucial every matter of
family law is, and we are prepared to use our 25+ years of experience to help you
successfully navigate the adoption process.
In fact, our legal team includes a California board-certified family law
specialist. This means that we have gone above and beyond in our training
to reach a rare level of certification. We have the expertise you deserve
at your side for this vital legal procedure.
We realize the uniqueness of each case we approach, yet with every client
we help, our goals are in many ways the same. One of our main goals is
to deliver efficient representation. We don’t want the legal paperwork,
loopholes, and hearings to last any longer than necessary. We will seek
to save you as much on legal costs and needless stress as possible.
To find out more information about your case or about our California adoption
attorney, feel free to
contact our firm at (626) 587-2677 to schedule a consultation.
Help with All Types of Adoption in California
Whether you face issues with birth parent consent, need representation
for your adoption hearing, or want to understand where to begin, you can
rely on our firm. We have skillfully handled hundreds of cases. Don’t
hesitate to see how we can be of service to you.
family law firm can provide counsel for:
Agency Adoptions - Adoption through a licensed organization.
Independent Adoptions - Also known as private adoption. This method of adoption happens between
a birth-mother and prospective parents directly.
International Adoptions - The adoption of a child from another country.
Stepparent / Registered Domestic Partner Adoptions - This type of adoption occurs when a stepparent legally adopts a stepchild.
Termination of Parental Rights
Glendora adoption lawyer also handles the termination of parental rights’ issues that can
accompany an adoption, especially a stepparent adoption.
The termination of a parent’s rights can be voluntary or involuntary:
Voluntary Termination: This occurs when the parent decides that he or she can no longer care
for a child, and voluntarily gives parental rights up.
Involuntary Termination: This may occur in situations where a parent has failed to pay support
or where there has been no interaction between the parent and the child.
Seeking to voluntary terminate your parental rights is often difficult
to do since there are only specific scenarios in which the court would allow it.
These scenarios include:
- Giving up your rights for adoption
- It would be in the child's best interests
- You are surrendering your rights for the new parent to step in
The law makes it difficult to surrender your parental rights so that the
child is protected. This is under the U.S. Constitution as the
right to a parent-child relationship. Keep in mind, restoring your parental rights is difficult. This is because
CA law prohibits a parent to petition the court for re-instatement of
rights. Only the child can do this by expressing his or her wishes to
reunite. This does not apply to adoption however.
If you are seeking an involuntary termination of a parent’s rights,
you should seek experienced legal counsel. We can assist in obtaining
paternity tests to establish parental rights or to demonstrate the lack of parental rights.
Unwed Mother's Rights in California
In addition, we help unwed mothers who want to give up their child for
adoption. Unmarried mothers in California receive automatic sole custody
with full parental rights. This essentially means that the biological
father will have zero rights towards his child until paternity is established.
If the mother wishes to abandon her rights and give the child up for adoption,
the father cannot contest. However, if the father establishes paternity
via DNA test beforehand, he can take full custody of the child.
Call the Morris Law Firm for Help With Adoption!
At the Morris Law Firm, our Glendora, CA adoption attorney is committed
to regular communication. We want to be responsive to your needs, as well
as help you understand what to expect at every turn of the adoption process.
You won’t be left in the dark as we push papers, instead, you can
rest assured knowing exactly where your case stands and what we are proactively
doing to move your case forward.
To discuss a California adoption or to secure representation throughout
the adoption process, including drafting documents or reviewing documentation, please
schedule a confidential consultation by calling our California adoption lawyer at (626) 587-2677.