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Do I Need an Attorney to Adopt?

Welcoming a child into your family is a wonderful experience for a couple to share. However, the legal process of it is often time-consuming and rather complicated. To ensure your adoption goes smoothly and successfully, you should hire an attorney to avoid making any errors that might prolong the process or compromise your chances of expanding your family. In Illinois, state law dictates the adoptive parent must establish residency in the state for at least 6 months unless this requirement is waived by the court.

About Adoptions in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, any child, any adult residing in a home for 2 years, or any relative can be adopted. In cases where a child is 14 years or older, a child’s consent is needed to finalize the adoption. Those who are allowed to adopt include any reputable person of legal age who has resided in Illinois for at least 6 months. If the petitioner is married, the spouse must also join in the petition to adopt.

It is important to remember that adopting a child is never guaranteed, which is why it is imperative that you hire an attorney who is skilled in handling such matters to increase your chances of success. With the right legal help on your side, this can become one of the most exhilarating and rewarding journeys of your life.

Adoption Attorneys in Illinois

If you are considering bringing a child into your household, it is important to understand this joyous occasion comes with a lot of paperwork and legal issues. Do not let your chances of expanding your family get bogged down by this complicated process. At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., our Illinois adoption attorneys will help you guide you through every step.

Whether you are considering an adoption or are already in the process of initiating an adoption, our legal team can help. Do not hesitate to reach out to us today.

Contact us at any of our convenient locations in Illinois to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable family law attorneys!


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