Adoption

At Buffalo Grove Law Offices, we devote our practice to helping loving families grow through adoption. This covers a wide range of adoptions, including domestic adoptions, grandparent adoptions, stepparent adoptions and other in-family adoptions, as well as assistance with international adoptions.

Buffalo Grove Third Party Adoption Attorney

The documentation and paperwork required for a successful adoption can be overwhelming to many families. We assist in putting together and filing the appropriate petitions, forms and paperwork needed throughout the process. We have the experience and perspective to foresee any potential problems or roadblocks along the way and provide proactive solutions for those issues.

Grandparent And Stepparent Adoptions

In cases of grandparent and stepparent adoptions, we help to legally handle any difficult family dynamics that may be present, including seeking the permission of living biological parents that must consent. We understand the difficulty of this process, and we are devoted to helping you do what is best for the children involved.

Our representation throughout the adoption process is highly individualized to the family and the client. We understand that each situation is different in the people and dynamics that frame it. We are committed to connecting these families to the solutions that best meet their specific goals and complete the process as seamlessly as possible.

Illinois does not recognize common-law standing (right) of a nonparent to petition for custody of a minor: A former boyfriend did not have the right to bring a claim for custody of a minor adopted from another country by his former girlfriend. The man and woman had never been married, and they took no steps for the adoption to be recognized in Illinois. The man did not adopt the child, who remained in the custody of the adoptive mother.

Contact An Arlington Heights Adoption Lawyer

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss the adoption process and the steps that you can take to expand your loving family, please contact our Illinois law firm today at 847-222-9429.

FATHER PROPERLY PREVENTED FROM HAVING CONTACT WITH HIS CHILD

By Buffalo Grove Law Offices | July 18, 2021 |

Father filed a complaint to determine parentage in the trial court.  He was initially granted supervised parenting time.   Later, the court entered a parenting order that reserved parenting time for father.  This was because of his incarceration at that time. The Trial Court entered a preliminary injunction.  The father was stopped from any contact or…

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FATHER NEEDS TO MAINTAIN A REASONABLE DEGREE OF INTEREST IN HIS CHILD

By Buffalo Grove Law Offices | July 20, 2021 |

The trial court entered an order terminating father’s parental rights as to his minor daughter.  She was then five years old.   The court granted mother’s and another man’s petition to adopt the child. The court found father an unfit parent.  On the basis that he failed to maintain a reasonable degree of interest, concern, or…

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FATHER’S CONSENT TO ADOPTION REQUIRED

By Buffalo Grove Law Offices | July 20, 2021 |

Mother and stepfather petitioned for termination of the biological father’s parental rights. They wanted to adopt the child together. The Circuit Court terminated the biological father’s parental rights. This was based on the biological father’s failure to register with the putative father registry. The biological father appealed. The Appellate Court saw that the biological father’s…

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SHE DID NOT SURRENDER HER PARENTAL RIGHTS, BUT SHE WAITED TOO LONG

By Buffalo Grove Law Offices | July 20, 2021 |

The rule is clear.  A consent to adoption form is not equal to a surrender of parental rights.    To have any meaning, section 10(A) of the Adoption Act must be read to provide for irrevocable consent to a specific adoption only. Samuel E. was adopted by Ann.   This was done with the international adoption process.…

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EQUITABLE PARENT DOCTRINE-IF YOU ARE NOT A PARENT BY ADOPTION OR BIRTH

By Buffalo Grove Law Offices | July 21, 2021 |

The parties, James and Maria, lived together, and never married. Maria adopted a child, Scarlett. James had never formally adopted the child, but the parties had discussed it. The parties had lived together with the child for several years. They saw themselves as a legally-bound family unit. The parties broke up, and James went to…

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CAN’T I HAVE TWO FATHERS? YES, SORTA

By Buffalo Grove Law Offices | July 21, 2021 |

If Todd can prove that Robert was his natural father, he may inherit from both his natural father and adoptive parents. A finding in the probate action that Todd is the natural son of Robert would have no effect on the adoption. William Renchen would still be Todd’s legal father.Todd is trying to establish heirship…

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