The law in just about every country is complicated. In the United States, the law is divided into many different jurisdictions. There are local laws, county ordinances, state law, and federal laws. If you’re dealing with overseas adoption, there are also international laws. All of that is incredibly complex. It becomes only more complex when you introduce children. The welfare of children takes precedence in legal proceedings. If you are going through any type of legal proceeding involving a child, you need a specialized family lawyer.
A specialized family lawyer will not only understand the specifics of the law, they’ll also understand how to navigate complicated family dynamics and talk with children.
Adoption and Surrogacy
If you are looking to adopt a child or to use a surrogate mother for a child, there are many legal steps you’ll need to navigate. For adoption, you’ll have to prove that you would make capable parents. You also need to find the right child and ensure that the transfer of custody is done legally. That’s even more complex if you choose an international adoption. An international adoption requires that you make the adoption legally in the child’s home country; you also have to prove to the United States that it was done legally.
Surrogacy is complicated as well because the law is designed to grant preeminence to the biological mother of a child if that mother is considered fit. However, in a case of surrogacy, the biological mother is not the person who will have custody. Therefore, you’ll need to make sure that you have a surrogacy agreement that is solid and legs.
If the mother and father of a child are not together, the paternity of the father becomes an issue of legal importance. The biological father of a child has certain rights, protections, adn responsibilities. To assert his rights, a biological father would have to prove that he is the biological father. At that point, he’ll be able to argue for custody, visitation, and other rights.
There are also many legal responsibilities for a father as well. A biological father is often required to pay child support or provide support for a child in many other ways. To require someone to do that, the court would first have to prove he is the biological father.
Whichever side of the issue you’re on, you will need a family lawyer to help you navigate the complex paternity and family issues.