Ringgold, LA asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana

Q: Do I need an attorney? My husband wants to adopt my son and the biological dad is willing to relinquish his rights.

The biological dad lives in California and hasn't had anything to do with my son for 9 years. My husband and I live in Louisiana. We don't know if there's anyway we can represent ourselves, or if we just have to have an attorney.

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Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
Answered
  • Family Law Lawyer
  • Marksville, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: I strongly recommend hiring a lawyer to handle your intrafamily adoption. The requirements for an adoption are specific, and a simple mistake can make the adoption invalid. Intrafamily adoptions are quicker and generally are less costly than a private adoption.

Stephen Rue
Stephen Rue
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Answered
  • Family Law Lawyer
  • Kenner, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: Yes I strongly recommend it.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Answered
  • Family Law Lawyer
  • Covington, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: If you represent yourselves, you run the risk of botching a life changing event. You should hire an adoption lawyer.

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