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Adoption is a joyful event for many families, but it can also come with enough paperwork to give anyone a headache. If the proper procedure is not observed, it could result in disaster for the newly-formed family. In Arizona, parents who would like to adopt need to be approved as fit parents by a court. The Arizona Department of Child Safety dictates a process to ensure that prospective parents are sincere, qualified, and informed. This includes background checks and inspections not only for the parents, but also for any member of their existing household.
While private legal representation is not required for adoption in Arizona, it can be helpful in many cases. Adoption law can be extremely confusing, and adoptive parents cannot afford to have any holes in the legal protection of their parental rights. This is especially true in the case of a contested adoption, wherein one or more of the natural parents object to the adoption. Usually, this occurs when the birth mother voluntarily surrenders the child, but the biological father does not agree to the terms of the adoption. In cases like these, it’s more important than ever to have an attorney who is well-versed in the state’s adoption laws and procedures.
Here at Reppucci & Roeder, our attorneys have personally represented a number of adoption cases, both straightforward and complicated. Our approach ensures that you observe all of the appropriate steps and secure your parental rights as soon as possible so that you can go back to the important work of building connections within your new family.