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Adoption in Atlanta

Adoption involves the creation of a parent-child relationship between individuals who are not naturally so related. The adopted child is given the rights, privileges, and duties of a child and heir by the adoptive family.

Since adoption was not recognized at common law, all adoption procedures in the United States are regulated by statute. In Georgia, the adoption law is Title 19, Chapter 8. Adoption statutes prescribe the conditions, manner, means, and consequences of adoption. In addition, they specify the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved. Often times, the family giving up a child for adoption will want to reserve certain visitation rights. These kinds of situations, as well as the long and complicated road that leads to an approval for adoption, are all best handled by an Atlanta Family Law attorney.


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Inheritance and Adoption: 3 Legal Issues to Consider

Adoption is an exciting event for families in Atlanta, but adding more family members could affect inheritance laws.

If you have a will, you can add your adopted family to it. If a person dies without a will in Georgia, an intestate succession plan will kick in and the deceased's children are likely first in line to inherit.

So what are three legal inheritance issues to consider when adopting?

Some women feel overwhelmed by motherhood. Maybe they can't afford a child or they lack a support system to help raise the baby. Unfortunately, sometimes these mothers choose to abandon their baby in a place where the child either won't be found or could be injured or killed.

In response, Georgia lawmakers passed the Safe Place for Newborns Act of 2002. The act protects mothers who abandon their children in a "medical facility." Below, we've included everything you need to know about Georgia's safe haven law.

With Father's Day coming up this weekend, parenthood is on many people's minds. Adoption can be a great alternative to having children the genetic way. But what if you're in a same-sex relationship in Atlanta or anywhere in the state?

The legal landscape for gay and lesbian couples looking to adopt can vary greatly from state to state. Below, we've outlined the current state of same-sex adoption under Georgia law.

Some Kids Don't Have Moms, Need to be Adopted

If you've been following our blog, you'll know how we discussed the latest in the "mommy wars" saga last week when we discussed the Time Magazine cover on attachment parenting.

This week, an interesting Huffington Post article on the mommy wars talks about the one most important issue in parenting -- the fact that some children don't have any parents at all.

So let's continue the discussion on adoption.

Bubba Watson Adoption: Good Backstory to The Masters

The 2012 The Master’s golf champion is Bubba Watson. And while most analysts and sports writers and even casual fans will be focusing on his pink driver, or the fact that his wife is 6’4, or that he has never taken a lesson in his whole life, there are some aspects of his life that will be of interest to those in family law.

Specifically, Bubba Watson and his wife have, until recently, been going through the adoption process and now have a child named Caleb, reports Yahoo!.

What Is The Largest Refundable Tax Credit? Adoption

Over the past year or so this blog has written about a number of adoption stories. We have noted so many of the wonderful benefits that come from adoptions. Now, here is one more.

As the tax filing deadline arrives, it might be worth noting that if you adopted a child in 2011, you may be eligible for a pretty hefty credit from Uncle Sam, reports the IRS website.

Toddler Abandoned: Georgia Safe Haven Law Doesn't Apply

The police are looking for the mother of an abandoned Stone Mountain toddler who is eighteen-months-old and was left with Stone Mountain Police, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

DeKalb Police were called in as well to help locate the parents of the toddler. In the meantime, the child was given over to the Department of Family and Child Services.

Georgia, like many other states out there, has a safe haven law for mothers that feel the need to give up their children.

Adoption Reunion: Mother and Daughter Reunite after 77 Years

The story of 100-year-old Minka Disbrow and her biological child began in the early part of the last century when Minka was raped and had to give up her child for adoption, but the story found a conclusion recently when the mother and daughter reunited, reports the Associated Press.

Disbrow, the child of Dutch immigrants, used to live in South Dakota, where at the age of thirteen, she and another girl were raped by three men. When Disbrow became pregnant she was sent to a Lutheran home where she gave birth to Betty Jane, whom Minka Disbrow ended up giving up for adoption.

Who Is Eligible to be Adopted in Georgia?

The decision to adopt a child can be one of the most rewarding an individual or couple can make. However, it can also be extraordinarily complex. Those who wish to adopt a child must be willing not merely to welcome a new life into their hearts, they must also be willing to deal with legal and bureaucratic issues that can easily take as long as a typical pregnancy.

The key to adopting successfully is to do one’s homework: finding reputable attorneys and agencies, knowing the pros and cons of different types of adoptions, and understanding the need to be actively involved at every step without allowing impatience or frustration to take control.

One of the critical elements of a successful adoption is to know that the party you are adopting is eligible for adoption. Georgia Code Section 19-8-4 states the rules for who can be adopted in Georgia.

Georgia Adoption Eligibility Laws

Adoption offers children-in-need a chance to be taken in by parents who would like to confer all the rights of a family upon them. Legally, adoption is defined as follows:

Adoption is the legal process pursuant to state statute in which a child's legal rights and duties toward his natural parents are terminated and similar rights and duties toward his adoptive parents are substituted.

To complete an adoption in Georgia you have to follow certain laws and fulfill certain eligibilities.