Arkansas Stepparent Adoption Legal Team Puts Families Together
The Henry Firm, P.A. facilitates stepparent and grandparent adoptions
The Arkansas adoption professionals at The Henry Firm, P.A. know that families and life circumstances change. There are a number of legal issues that may affect your new, unconventional family. Attorney Matthew Henry of The Henry Firm, P.A., one of the outstanding Little Rock adoption lawyers, can help you create the family you want.
When your child’s interest is at stake, you may need legal advice
The Little Rock adoption professionals at The Henry Firm, P.A. know that family life is a sensitive and personal matter. When a biological parent is unable to serve as a legal parent, a stepparent or grandparent may want to consider adoption. At The Henry Firm, P.A., our attorney cares about your family, and we can help you with all the legal needs and concerns in the adoption process.
Arkansas adoption professionals at The Henry Firm, P.A. can guide you in stepparent adoptions
Under Arkansas law, a stepparent is required to petition the court before obtaining parental rights. The stepparent must serve the biological parent with notice of the adoption proceedings. In some instances, the biological parent might not contest the petition. In other circumstances, the biological parent might fight to prevent the court from changing the custodial arrangement.
There are a number of scenarios where a court may be more inclined to side with the stepparent, including occasions where there is:
- An absentee biological parent — If the absent parent does not have contact with the child, the court does not require this parent’s permission for stepparent adoption.
- A non-supporting biological parent — If the biological parent does not support the child financially, the court may not require that parent’s permission for adoption.
- An abusive or neglectful parent — In these and other similar situations, Child Protective Services may revoke the biological parent's parental rights.
At The Henry Firm, P.A., we know your parental and grandparent rights
In cases when a biological parent has some contact with his or her child, or provides some financial support — or both — the court may require permission from this parent for adoption by a nonbiological parent. Our Arkansas parental and grandparent rights attorney knows the law and will work for your family.
If you are considering adopting stepchildren or grandchildren, call us
At The Henry Firm, P.A., we treat every case with the delicate wisdom it requires. At The Henry Firm, P.A. of Little Rock we bring our passion for fairness to all of your blended-family needs. Contact us online or call 866-473-9396 to schedule a consultation. Your children are worth it.