Adoption

Skokie Attorneys Capably Managing the Adoption Process

Diligent Chicago adoption attorneys serving Skokie and Cook County

The Illinois adoption attorneys of M. Scott Gordon & Associates can assist clients with this important area of law. If your spouse is adopting a child from your previous relationship, or if you are attempting to adopt a child to start or expand your own family or to adopt an adult, our firm can help you with the process.

Understanding legal adoption

Adoption creates a relationship of legal parentage between the adopting parents and their new child. The best interests of the child are the primary consideration in a court’s decision to grant an adoption. This may involve an in-depth examination of the child’s circumstances and that of the proposed adoptive home, particularly in the case of potential adoptees with special needs. Our experienced Illinois adoption attorneys can help you present a skillful case for a legal grant of adoption.

One of the most important things our Illinois adoption attorneys stress to our clients is that the adoptive parents become responsible for all of the legal duties of parenthood, including support. A legal adoption severs the legal ties of parenthood that once existed between adoptees and their biological parents.

Adoption should be distinguished from guardianship, which may provide a range of caretaker responsibilities and rights but does not make the guardian a legal parent or cut the original ties of parentage. Depending on the causes for establishing the guardianship, such as by court order, there may be considerations of child support involved. Your Skokie attorney can advise you about the legal issues regarding adoption or guardianship in your unique case.

Let our Illinois adoption attorneys guide you through the process

For more information, email the Chicago adoption lawyers of M. Scott Gordon & Associates, or call our Chicago office at 312.360.0250 or our Skokie office at 847.329.0101 for help with your adoption case. Our firm serves Chicago, Evanston, Skokie, Northbrook, Niles, Glenview and the Cook County area.

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