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Adopting in the Middle Tennessee area? RMA can help!

Adopting in the Middle Tennessee area? RMA can help!

I have been handling adoption cases since 1982 and this area of law is near and dear to my heart. There are many different kinds of adoptions with different requirements. Here is some basic information on some of them.

Stepparent Adoption: This is the most common type of adoption because there are many stepparents who desire to adopt their stepchildren. In Tennessee, there is no waiting period and no requirement for a home study. However, the biological parent, whose rights are being terminated, must consent to the adoption or be served with a copy of the petition for adoption so that the adoption may be contested. It does not matter whether or not the biological parent’s name was on the birth certificate, the parental right must be terminated.
Relative Adoption: As long as the child is related to the adoptive parents according to the statute defining relatives, the adoptive parents do not have to have a home study, nor do they have a waiting period (required time the child has lived with them prior to the date for finalization of the adoption). Both biological parents must either consent to having their parental rights terminated or be served with a copy of the petition for adoption so that they can contest the termination of their parental rights and the adoption.
Adult Adoption: Once a child reaches the age of eighteen (18) years, the child can be adopted by any adult so long as the adopting adult and the child both agree. The biological parents, whose parental rights are being terminated, must be given notice of the adoption; however, they have no right to object to the adoption. There is no waiting period and no home study requirement for an Adult Adoption.

If I can be of any assistance in your adoption process, please do not hesitate to contact our offices at 615-444-1433.

 

–Jody Aulds, Adoption Attorney

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