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Orland Park Contested Adoption Attorney

Tinley Park adoption law firm

Law Firm Helping Families Resolve Adoption Disputes in Cook County

When parents are deceased, absent, or unable to care for their children, adoption can provide a great solution, allowing children to grow up in a stable home with loving parents. Unfortunately, however, there are situations in which a family plans to adopt a child, but one or both of the child's biological parents object. In these cases, it is essential to work with an experienced attorney to ensure that the children's best interests are protected.

At Anderson & Associates, P.C., our compassionate family law attorneys understand the importance of providing children with a good home, and we can help you navigate the complexities of the adoption process and address any legal issues that may arise. Whether you are planning to adopt or wish to contest the adoption of your biological child, we can provide you with the representation you need.

The Contested Adoption Process

Before a child can be adopted, the parental rights of the child's biological parents must be terminated. This typically occurs when both parents give their consent to the adoption of their child. However, if a parent does not consent to give up their rights, then parental rights can be terminated if a court finds that they are unfit. A hearing must be held to determine a parent's unfitness, and the court may determine that they are unfit for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Child abandonment.
  • Child abuse or neglect.
  • Failure to provide a child with adequate food, clothing, and shelter.
  • Failure to maintain an interest in a child's welfare.
  • Being convicted of three or more felonies, with at least one conviction taking place within the past five years.
  • Drug or alcohol addiction.
  • Failure to correct conditions which caused a child to be removed from a parent's home by the Department of Childcare and Family Services (DCFS).
  • Evidence that a parent intended to forego their parental rights, including failure to visit or maintain contact with their child during a one-year period.
  • A father's failure to take steps to establish paternity.
  • Inability to fulfill parental responsibilities due to mental impairment, disability, or mental illness.
  • Incarceration which will prevent a parent from fulfilling their parental responsibilities.

If the court determines that a child's biological parents are unfit and decides to terminate their parental rights, a hearing will then be held to determine whether it is in the child's best interests to grant the petition for adoption. At the conclusion of this hearing, if the court decides to allow the adoption, a judgment of adoption will be issued naming the adoptive parents as the legal parents of the child.

Contact a Tinley Park Adoption Lawyer

While adoption is often a straightforward process, there are a variety of legal issues that must be addressed before an adoption can be completed. A biological parent may contest an adoption for a variety of reasons, such as a mother believing that her consent to terminate parental rights was given under duress, or a father not being given the chance to establish paternity.

No matter what side you are on in an adoption case, the skilled attorneys of Anderson & Associates, P.C. can help you understand your rights, work with you to meet your legal requirements, and advocate for the children's best interests throughout the adoption process. Contact an Orland Park family law attorney today at 708-226-9904 to schedule your consultation. We provide legal help to families in Tinley Park, Mokena, Palos Heights, Oak Forest, Homer Glen, and throughout Cook County and Will County.

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