Minneapolis Adoption Lawyer

Adoption is the process of transferring all legal rights and responsibilities of a natural parent to an adoptive parent. When you adopt a child, you are accepting all responsibility for that child as his/her parent. Adoption can be a long and overwhelming process and the state of Minnesota has established a system that ensures that, no matter what, the child’s best interests are always put first.


The Adoption Process

Adoption can be one of the greatest gifts you can give to a child as well as to a parent. However, there are a lot of legal complications involved in this serious and life-changing procedure which is why it is important to speak to an experienced adoption attorney about the process.

Minnesota Adoption Guidelines

In the state of Minnesota the court will generally not grant an adoption unless the child’s parents and guardian consent to the adoption. However, consent is not required in the following instances:

  • If the parent has been killed
  • If the parent has abandoned the child
  • If there is no parent or guardian qualified to consent
  • If the adoption agency has exclusive rights to the consent of the adoption

Written Consent Requirements

If the parent of a child is under the age of 18, then the young mother’s parents or guardian must also consent to the adoption in writing. Furthermore, if the child up to adoption is over the age of 14, then he/she must also consent to the adoption in writing.

Putative Father Adoption Law

In all adoption cases, the courts will also look for the putative father before allowing the adoption to go through. The putative father is the male who may be the child’s father but who is not married to the child’s mother on or before the date the child was, or is, to be born and has not been adjudicated the father of the child. The putative father adoption registry was created in 1997 to ensure that the putative father be looked for before an adoption can take place. The registry contains information about the putative father, the mother, and the child.

The commissioner will need to search the putative father registry to determine if there is a father to the child being adopted. If no putative father is registered, the adoption will proceed as normal. However, if a putative father is found, then he will be contacted and notified of the planned adoption.

Contact us for a Free Consultation

If you are looking into adoption in the state of Minnesota, or if you need legal advice on any family law matter, it is important to speak to a qualified family law attorney right away. The sooner you make the call, the quicker our lawyers can get to work on your case and the better for everyone involved. Contact Myles A. Schneider & Associates, Ltd. today at 763-315-1100 or by e-mail to schedule a free consultation.

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