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Adoption in Bellevue

Talk To One Of Our Bellevue Adoption Lawyers Today, and Get the Help You Need

Adoption may come up during or after a divorce, but it's always an important issue that will affect a child's entire life. No matter what type of adoption issue you're facing, it's important to obtain reliable advice and protection from a qualified Bellevue family law lawyer.

The adoption attorneys from the Bellevue Washington Family Law Group are ready to help you navigate the complex legal waters of the King County Family Court. Washington family law states that if one or both parents lost their legal parental rights, their child becomes eligible for adoption.

Sometimes a parent may seek to relinquish their parental rights, thus allowing their child to be adopted. Numerous considerations need to be made, so take time to go over the details of your particular situation with a Bellevue adoption lawyer that understands these laws.

Our professional Bellevue adoption attorneys handle a number of divorce cases involving this sensitive subject every year. The vast majority of parents wants what’s best for their child, so we offer sound legal counsel that will help you make decisions that benefit your efforts to protect their best interests.

Our Bellevue Adoption Lawyers Can Help with Stepparent Adoption

When one parent of a child relinquishes their parental rights so that their ex-spouse's new partner can petition the Bellevue court to adopt that child, it's called a stepparent adoption. Our Bellevue adoption lawyers can help guide you through the steps of this relatively straightforward process.

Stepparent adoptions is only possible when all parties agree to a child's adoption. If one parent refuses to relinquish their parental rights, a forced termination is the only option on the table. However, this is only possible in certain situations, so your King county adoption lawyer will need to thoroughly assess your situation to see if it's possible.

Your adoption case deserves personal attention from an attorney that cares about the end result. Your lawyer will as you questions to better understand your situation, so that all of your legal options can be thoroughly reviewed. The King County family court may require you to obtain legal representation when dealing with legal adoption issues, so schedule a free consultation and get all of the facts before taking any other action. Your free consultations is an opportunity to discuss your legal options with an experienced Bellevue family law lawyer without any risk or monetary obligation.

Contact our law office in Bellevue, WA today, and find out how we can help you handle any adoption issue.

Other Adoption Situations in Bellevue that May Require an Attorney

While stepparent adoption is the most common scenario our family law lawyers encounter in Washington, there are other situations where retaining an attorney is necessary.

LBGT couples seeking parental rights have special circumstances that must be acknowledged in order to ensure their legal rights are protected. Same sex couples can adopt a child but there are unique issues that must be addressed. Our Bellevue adoption attorneys can help with situations where one or both parents in a same sex relationship are seeking to adopt a biological or non-biological child.

One method to achieve this goal is through a process called Second Parent Adoption. Another is called Co-Parent Adoption, and the distinction is obvious. A Legal Presumption of Marriage may be used to establish that both parents are presumed the be the child's parents.

Co-Parent and Second Parent adoptions are both similar to stepparent adoptions, but the parents are not required to be legally married. Couples in same sex relationships can use these legal tools to protect their parental rights, and our Washington State lawyers can help decide what's best for your situation.

Contact a Bellevue adoption lawyer today and make sure you get the legal guidance you need to establish or protect your parental rights.

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