Blended and multigenerational households are becoming increasingly more
common in the 21st Century. It is also becoming increasingly popular for
family members in these households to formalize the parent-child relationship
through adoption. Adopting gives you the lawful ability to make decisions
on behalf of the adoptee minor child regarding medical care, school, religion
and other important life issues. I have represented dozens of clients
through the intrafamily adoption process and it has proved to be the most
rewarding part of my career.
The process for adopting a minor who is already in your family is designed
to remove many formalities and, typically, no pre-replacement or post-replacement
investigation is needed. That said, Alabama law is very specific about
the information that must be included in a familial adoption petition
and each county's local rules must be accounted for as well. The process
can be overwhelming, but having an attorney to guide you can help to remove
much of the stress.
Bradley Byrne is an Associate Attorney in Humble Law’s Birmingham
office. He represents prospective adoptive parents and employees whose
rights have been violated. He can be reached via email at email@example.com
or by phone at 205.358.3100.