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Birmingham Same-Sex Adoption Lawyers
LGBTQ+ Friendly Adoption Attorneys in Birmingham, Hoover & the Counties of Shelby, Jefferson & Saint Clair
Following the lead of the rest of the country, Alabama is catching up in the area of LGBTQ+ rights. Alabama has finally made it easier to put families together. Due to the new changes in Alabama law, same-sex couples can finally adopt a child together. If you are in a same-sex relationship or a part of the LGBTQ community, know that Magic City Law has an Alabama same-sex adoption attorney who can help you finalize your family.
As the Magic City, Birmingham has encouraged same-sex adoptions via stepparent adoption, second-parent adoption, joint adoption, or a joint related adoption for some time now. Sadly, the rest of the state has not been so open. Consequently, you will need an Alabama same-sex adoption attorney that will fight for you and stop the nonsense before it starts.
At Magic City Law, LLC, we have handled adoptions in many counties throughout Alabama including smaller counties. Each county operates differently which means you will need a lawyer to navigate the courts for you. Our team is well-versed in these differences and has the experience in adoption law to know how to proceed.
Reach out to a Birmingham same-sex adoption attorney for a consultation about your needs by contacting Magic City Law, LLC online or at (205) 509-4766.
Types of Adoption Available
A second-parent adoption allows the unmarried partner of someone who is the biological or adoptive parent of a child to adopt that child. This is done without the legal parent being made to lose his or her lawful parental rights.
Stepparent adoptions are also available to same-sex couples who have married. The marriage allows the non-biological or adoptive spouse to legally adopt his or her spouse’s child.
Co-parent adoptions are essentially second-parent adoptions in which you can adopt your partner’s biological or adopted child even though you are unrelated to the child by blood or law. Co-parent and second-parent adoptions generally occur when one of the partners brings children from prior relationships into the current relationship or when the partners have used assisted reproductive technology to create a pregnancy.
Same-Sex Adoption in Alabama
Adoption law in Alabama states that “any adult person or husband and wife jointly who are adults may petition the court to adopt a minor.” This statement does not explicitly bar same-sex couples or LGBTQ individuals from the process of adoption. However, some adoption agencies may discriminate against this based on religious beliefs. That is why it is vital to work with an attorney and with agencies that are LGBTQ-friendly.
Why Same-Sex Adoption is Vital
Adoption is vital so that you will be recognized as the legal parent of any child in your relationship. An adoption decree has a strong legal status and is honored across the U.S. Without it, your legal rights as a parent may be challenged in certain situations, such as during a child’s health care emergency. At Magic City Law, LLC, we take pride in our ability to bring families of all kinds together legally. Our team looks forward to each adoption case we represent as a privilege under the umbrella of Alabama family law.
Request your consultation at Magic City Law, LLC at (205) 509-4766 today.