Contested Adoptions ● Schaumburg, Wheaton, Chicago Adoption Attorneys
In the best of circumstances, an adoption is consented to by the biological parents, progresses smoothly through all required processes and procedures including home studies, and is irreversible. The results of an adoption should be a lasting, stable home for a well-adjusted child.
Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong somewhere along the way in an adoption story. Contact family law attorneys in Schaumburg, Chicago or Wheaton, Illinois, at the law offices of Anderson & Associates, P.C., to schedule a consultation regarding a contested adoption.
When Birth Parents Change Their Minds and Seek to Retain Parental Rights
A biological mother or father may contest the adoption on the basis of one of the following factors:
- The biological father may claim that he was never informed of the birth of the child and never had the opportunity to terminate or retain parental rights.
- The biological mother or father may contest the jurisdiction of the court.
- She or he may contest the validity of the consent document on technical grounds.
- She or he may contend that consent to terminate parental rights was obtained under fraud or duress.
- A biological parent may seek to derail an adoption in process in order to pursue placement of the child with another potential adoptive parent of his or her choosing.
Our attorneys are well versed and experienced in all aspects of family law, including adoption disputes. the firm recently added an attorney who concentrates her practice in adoption cases. We are prepared to represent our clients vigorously and knowledgeably in cases of adoption complications when birth parents reappear or seek to stop the finalization of an adoption at the last minute.
Representing Any Party in a Contested Adoption
No matter what type of contested adoption you are involved in, we can help. You may be a biological father opposing the proposed stepparent adoption of your child, a would-be adoptive mother or father, or a grandparent seeking guardianship or to assert rights to custody or visitation.
We can also help if you are a foster parent seeking to formalize an already established parent-child relationship through adoption or if you are need of counsel regarding paternity issues. We encourage you to contact Anderson & Associates, P.C. in Schaumburg or Wheaton to schedule a thoughtful and thorough consultation.
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