South Jordan Adoption Attorneys
Creating New Family Bonds
Adoption is a major, life-altering event for both parents and the adoptive child. The process to adopt a child, whether you are married or single, is complex and must be finalized with a court order. The court order establishes you as the new legal parent while terminating existing legal relationships between the biological parents and the adoptive child.
Whether you are seeking to adopt a child or are a mother looking for help in adopting out your child, Carr | Woodall can help. Our firm provides compassionate and effective legal representation in all types of adoption cases.
Utah Laws & Qualifications for Adoption
In Utah, you may adopt either a minor child or an adult if you are:
- A married adult
- A stepparent of the adoptive child
- A single adult who is not cohabiting with another intimate partner
You also must be at least 10 years older than the person you wish to adopt. In the case of married couples, only one party must meet this requirement. However, any married individual cannot adopt without the consent of his or her spouse.
In the case of unmarried fathers, if the father has not legally established paternity, it is not necessary to obtain his consent. It is also not necessary to obtain the consent of anyone whose legal parental rights have been terminated. However, any person whose consent is required for the adoption to take place has the right to contest the adoption in court. Adoption can only be finalized after the child has lived with his or her adoptive parent(s) for a minimum of six months. In the case of a stepparent adopting his or her spouse’s child, that time period is extended to one year.
We Provide Comprehensive Help with All Forms of Adoption
Our firm is here to facilitate your adoption, whether it is:
- The adoption of a foster child
- A stepparent adoption
- A direct placement adoption
- An agency-assisted adoption
- The adoption of a child that is related to you
- The adoption of an adult
Our goal is to help you navigate the adoption process smoothly and efficiently to achieve your goal.
Family Law Is What We Do Best
Divorce is one of the most stressful transitions couples and families can experience. Having a knowledgeable, experienced advocate on your side can minimize conflict, streamline the process, and help you resolve complex issues.
We Are Accessible 24/7
At Carr Woodall, we are committed to being open and accessible to all our clients. Our willingness to be available and field your questions sets us apart from the competition and will directly contribute to your peace of mind throughout your legal matter.
You Are Our Number One Focus
For us, it’s not about the bottom line. It’s about you. When you come to Carr Woodall for help in your family legal matter, you can move forward with confidence knowing that we are defending your best interests.
Skillful Representation at a Fair Price
We make every effort to ensure our fees are reasonable for the work we do. We make sure you know what you’re getting into by providing honest, accurate estimates and affordable rates.