Adoption in Santa Clarita Valley

There are over 100,000 children in California's foster care system, and each of them need families or homes who will love, care for, nurture and protect them, as well as encourage them to be the outstanding people they were born to be. Finding a home with unconditional and supportive love can help them reach their full potential, and grow to be confident, contributing, and creative young men and women. These children are our future generation, and should you want it, one of them could become an integral part of your personal family life.

When deciding to adopt a child, our firm recommends that you find legal assistance that can help you through the process, such as the attorneys at Cutter & Lax, Attorneys at Law. Adoption laws are continuously changing and often complex and confusing, so speaking with a Santa Clarita family law attorney can help you understand the process more, and help you feel comfortable and ready before making your big decision. By choosing our firm, you will be able to speak with an attorney who can provide specific details into California's adoption process, and in turn, will help your own adoption process be much more smooth and hassle-free.

Types of Adoption

Adoption in California is recognized as the legal act of establishing a parent-child relationship with a child who is not biologically related to the adopting parent. Once an adoption is finalized, the adopting parents then assume and acquire all the rights and responsibilities of the child. Adoptive parents could include new stepparents, relatives of an adopted child, domestic partners, or someone not blood related. As a result, there are many types of adoption that the state of California recognizes, such as:

  • Stepparent Adoption
  • Domestic Partner Adoption
  • Grandparent Adoption
  • International Adoption
  • Relative Adoption
  • Adult Adoption
  • Agency Adoption

In any of these adoption cases, adoption processes tend to be very complex. Though adoptions often take a lot of time to finalize and come with lots of tedious paperwork and court dates, finishing the actual legal process can turn into one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. At Cutter & Lax, it has been our privilege to help adopting families, and adopted children achieve such wonderful experiences for the past 30 years.

Choosing your Santa Clarita Family Law Attorney

Even if you know what you are doing, and are absolutely certain that adoption is something that you want to do to enrich your family life, you still must exercise great care before proceeding in an adoption. In addition to considering the many legal concerns in the adoption process, you must also consider some key factors before deciding upon the best family law attorney who can assist you in an adoption process.

Because there are many ways to proceed with an adoption, you need to have a family lawyer who is experienced and knowledgeable, and can assess your personal situation to give you advice about what is the best way to move forward with your adoption. Cutter & Lax have over 30 years of combined experience, giving us an adept knowledge of family law and the California family law court system. Attorney Nelson Cutter is a former prosecutor as well as a Retired Reservist with Enlisted Experience, so you can rest assured that he is committed to a high standard of ethics and practice.

Because Attorney Matthew Lax is purely service oriented, he is happy to help his clients through the entire adoption process. He demonstrates his commitment to giving personalized attention by keeping open lines of communication with each of his clients. At Cutter & Lax, we understand that adoption may be your only way to have a child, or adoption may be your compassionate act to help a child in need. Whatever your personal philosophy may be, we can all agree that adoption is a life-changing matter, and having supportive legal representation by your side could make the process that much easier.

If adoption is something you are strongly considering, contact a Santa Clarita family law lawyer. Our attorneys at Cutter & Lax represent parents who want to adopt, but also understand that the child involved needs fair representation too. With whole-hearted legal representation from our firm, you can rest assured that both you and your child will be guided compassionately and effectively. By connecting with our firm, we can meet with you to better understand your goals, and bring our level of experience and knowledge of family law to your adoption process. Contact our firm to discuss your adoption.

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