Providing Step-By-Step Adoption Assistance
When you are planning to welcome a new child to your family — or become the legal parent of a stepchild — you want to focus on building a strong relationship with that child. You don’t want to be distracted or overwhelmed with the myriad legal details that need to be addressed.
Let us handle the legal side for you. At Quay & Associates, P.A., we are honored to offer knowledgeable and cost-sensitive representation to families in New Bern and throughout the surrounding areas of North Carolina. The majority of our clients are stepparents, grandparents and other relatives of the child in question. However, we also handle certain third-party adoptions within the state.
Guiding You Through Both Legal Proceedings
Many people have questions about the adoption process and for good reason. It actually involves two different legal proceedings. The first is a hearing before a judge to terminate the parental rights of one or both biological parents. The second part is the actual adoption, which is managed by the clerk of court.
Let our firm guide you through both of these proceedings, ensuring that your interests are protected and that you meet all deadlines.
It Pays To Have An Attorney On Your Side
Working with a lawyer is particularly important in adoption cases. Many people don’t realize that the termination of parental rights cannot be handled by consent. This means that even if the biological parent tells you that he or she is willing to give up his or her rights, it’s not enough. You must attend a hearing before a judge, and the judge must decide whether or not to terminate the parental rights.
In addition, you must serve a petition to the biological parent(s), which can be particularly challenging if you don’t know where they live. The bottom line is that you want to work with an experienced attorney who can make sure the adoption proceeds as it should.