Your Guide Through The Adoption Process
If you are seeking to expand your family through adoption, the attorneys at Zettersten & Hammond are here to guide you through the legal process. We take great joy in bringing families together through adoption. As your adoption guide, we are here to make sure we properly handle all the legal details, so that you can move on to this exciting chapter of your life free from nagging legal concerns.
Under Tennessee law, you must be at least 18 to adopt a child and at least 21 to adopt a child from foster care. You must also be in good enough mental and physical health to care for a child and have the financial resources parenthood requires.
Many of our clients are stepparents who wish to take on the full rights and responsibilities of parenthood. Before a stepparent can adopt, the court must terminate the biological parent’s rights. The court typically grants this by written consent, but the parents can contest this in some cases.
In a contested proceeding, the court applies the standard of determining what is in the child’s best interests. There must be sufficient evidence that the biological parent is unfit for the duties of parenthood.
Our family law attorneys can guide you through all aspects of the stepparent adoption process, including the voluntary or contested termination of the biological parent’s rights.
Bringing Families Together
Our husband and wife attorney team is here to help your family grow through the adoption process. Speak to us at our convenient offices in Murfreesboro or Brentwood. To schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced Tennessee adoption lawyer, please contact our law offices online or by telephone at 615-896-5720.