Louisiana Adoption Law Firm
Adopting a child is one of the most selfless things a person or couple can do. The adoption process is very involved, thus, it’s wise to retain a family law attorney early in the process. Adoption essentially creates filiation by will. It creates a filial link between a child and new parents who have assumed responsibility for him or her. Legally, the link is identical to the relationship of a biological relationship. Louisiana recognizes two very different kinds of adoption: adoption of children and adoption of adults. If you considering adoption be sure to retain the services of an experienced family law attorney. We enjoy helping families grow through adoption.
Louisiana has extensive adoption laws pertaining to adopting minor children. The laws are found in the Children’s Code, specifically at La. Ch. Code arts. 1167-1285.17. There are three types of adoptions of minors per La. Ch. Code art. 1170: agency adoption, private adoption, and intra-family adoption.
An agency adoption involves the placement of a child by DSS or a licensed adoption agency. A private adoption is one in which no agency is involved. The biological parents and adopting parents deal with each other directly. An intra-family adoption is one in which the adopter is a step-parent, a grandparent or ascendant, or a collateral of the child within the fourth degree. The child must have been living with the adopter for at least six weeks prior to the adoption. Regardless of the type, an adoption of a minor requires court approval following an extensive vetting process. We are highly experienced with intra-family adoptions.
Louisiana allows adoption of adults as well. The process is simple in comparison to child adoption. It can be done without court approval in some instances. La. Civ. Code art. 212 allows an adult adoption to be by authentic act if the adoptive parent is already a step-parent. Otherwise, both parties must file a joint petition and attend a court hearing. The judge may authorize the adoption if the judge finds it’s in the best interest of both parties. It may seem unusual, but people pursue adult adoptions for a number of reasons, such as succession purposes or simply to further strengthen an existing bond.
New Orleans Adoption Attorneys
Bowes, Petkovich & Palmer, LLC is a Gretna law firm that has served the New Orleans area since 1980. Our experienced family law attorneys are well versed in all domestic matters including adoptions. We take pride in offering a personal and trusted experience. Call us today for a free consultation and find out why so many of our clients come back to us.