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.

205, 2019

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

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Adoption|Tags: |0 Comments

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 [...]

205, 2019

FATHER’S CONSENT TO ADOPTION REQUIRED

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Adoption, Family Law Articles|0 Comments

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 [...]

512, 2018

CAN’T I HAVE TWO FATHERS? YES, SORTA

By | December 5th, 2018|Categories: Adoption, Family Law Issues, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

2202, 2018

GRANDMOTHER AND SURVIVING NATURAL PARENT BATTLE FOR CUSTODY OF CHILD

By | February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Adoption, Step-parent and Grandparent Rights|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Mother died.  Mother and her child had lived with maternal grandmother.   Child was a one year old.  Mother died in a car accident. The law is clear: upon the death of the custodial parent, “the [...]

611, 2017

INTENT TO ADOPT IS NOT THE SAME AS ADOPTION

By | November 6th, 2017|Categories: Adoption|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

  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 [...]

3008, 2017

HOW DO YOU PROVE AN EQUITABLE ADOPTION? THERE WAS NO ACTUAL ADOPTION.

By | August 30th, 2017|Categories: Adoption, Paternity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

  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 [...]