Adoption Attorney in Mobile, Alabama
One of the most rewarding aspects of a family law practice is bringing families together through adoption. The legal adoption process can be complicated, however, and when an adoption falls through due to some error late in the process, the results can be heartbreaking. Attorney Ginger Poynter at the Law Office of Ginger Poynter in Mobile and Daphne helps families in Mobile and Baldwin County throughout the adoption process in many different types of adoptions, including private/agency adoptions, stepparent or grandparent adoptions, and Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) adoptions.
Independent or Agency Adoption
When considering an adoption from a private individual or adoption agency, there are many serious legal issues to consider, and depending upon the sophistication of the individual or agency, these issues may or may not be thoroughly dealt with or explained to you. It can be crushing for adoptive parents to invest so much time, money and emotion and get very far down the path to adoption, only to have the adoption fall through and have to start all over again. Alabama family law attorney Ginger Poynter is with you from the very start, going over the necessary steps, negotiating important legal issues and preparing the required legal documents to make your adoption a success.
It is not uncommon for a stepfather to wish to adopt his wife’s children from a previous marriage. A stepparent adoption can have numerous benefits for the children, including a guarantee of financial support, access to health insurance through the father’s employer, rights to inheritance, and the strengthening of the family bond which comes with this formal, legal recognition and acceptance.
If the child’s biological father is still living, however, a stepparent adoption can result in the termination of his parental rights, such as custody and visitation, as well as his responsibility to pay child support. It may be necessary to secure the natural father’s agreement to the adoption, or go to court and prove abandonment or some other cause sufficient to allow a non-consensual stepparent adoption. Attorney Ginger Poynter can evaluate your situation and advise you on the best strategy for securing a stepparent adoption if you desire one.
Our office also helps grandparents adopt their grandchildren in situations where the biological parents may be deceased, institutionalized or otherwise incapable of raising their children.
Hundreds of children are currently in the custody of the Alabama Department of Human Resources or in foster care waiting for adoption, many with special needs or who have been placed with DHR due to abuse or neglect. The state requires that you go through numerous steps, however, before an adoption can be finalized. We can help you determine whether you meet the Alabama requirements for an adoptive parent and assist in preparing and submitting your application to the state. When the time comes to formalize the adoption, we can guide you through the legal process and represent you in Probate Court as necessary.
Get Help from a Knowledgeable & Experienced Alabama Adoption Attorney
For help with an independent adoption, agency adoption, stepparent adoption or Alabama DHR adoption in Mobile or Baldwin County, call the experienced adoption attorney at the Law Office of Ginger Poynter at 251-445-8313 to discuss your options.