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.
Father filed in parentage court. He wanted custody, visitation, and child support from Mother. He said that he had adopted his former fiancee’s daughter, when he and fiancée were together. She had adopted the orphan child from Slovakia. Father could not adopt then, as the parties were not married and he was not a Slovak.…Read More
Mother died. Mother and her child had lived with maternal grandmother. The child was one year old. Mother died in a car accident. The law is clear: upon the death of the custodial parent, “the minor child will then be considered to be in the physical custody of the surviving natural parent,” even if the…Read More
A same-sex partner, Jenny, filed a petition for visitation. The child was the child of her former partner. The parties had acted as co-parents of the child for approximately seven years. Their romantic relationship ended two years after the child’s birth. They continued to act as co-parents. Jenny claimed that she continued to maintain a…Read More