Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

Adoption Archives

Adoption through the Utah foster care system

Adoptions happen in many beautiful and life-changing situations. A family may have the opportunity to adopt a newborn baby and raise that infant from the first days of their life, or they may pursue the adoption of an older child from another country who desperately needs a family of their own. Another path to adoption allows prospective parents and children to get to know each other over time and work toward the possibility of bringing the child legally into the family through adoption.

Understand the difference between open and closed adoptions

Not that long ago, many adoptions occurred as closed legal proceedings. This is to say that when a Utah couple elected to adopt a child, they did so without learning the identities of the child's birth parents or any other identifying information about them. Closed adoptions involve closed files that often cannot be opened, even if the children subject to the adoptions wish to view their contents. Today, many international adoptions are still managed as closed processes.

How do I start the stepparent adoption process?

It is important that readers of this Salt Lake City family law blog know that every case, whether it concerns a divorce, prenuptial agreement or adoption, will follow its own course based on the facts related to its occurrence. For this reason individuals with questions about the stepparent adoption process are asked to speak with their legal advisers about how the procedure will proceed for them.

Utah girl overjoyed when she learns of her adoption

Adoption can be a long and challenging process for all of the parties involved. It can also be a tremendously rewarding process. An 11-year old girl in Utah was recently overjoyed when she learned of her adoption. The girl, along with her two younger siblings, were recently adopted by their foster parents. After the family law court judge approved the foster parents' adoption of the 11-year old girl and her two siblings, the girl noted it was the best thing that had ever happened to her.

The important role of the adoption process

Adoption is a legal process that not only brings families together but can also help structure families based on their unique situation and circumstances. There are different types of adoption based on different circumstances and it is helpful to understand the overall adoption process and the benefits it provides. While the adoption process can be celebratory, it can also be complicated so it helps to understand it.

Qualified attorneys can make the adoption process easier

For many individuals, having a child is one of the greatest joys in life. Instead of pursuing a traditional family through biological childbirth, a number of Utah couples are turning to adoption to bring a child into their family. Despite there being many children available for adoption, the sad reality is that many loving, capable parents are unable to adopt a child due to the long and complicated adoption process. That's why hiring an attorney can be so beneficial when navigating this this oftentimes labyrinthine process.

Adoption creates legal relationships for Utah families

It is sometimes the case that a grandparent, aunt, or uncle plays a critical role in the upbringing of a related child. For some those periods of involvement in a young relative's life are fleeting but for others their care and love for the child goes beyond simply helping out during a rough patch of life. In Utah, some adults choose to adopt their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other minor relations when the kids' parents are unable to care for them.

Understand your options when it comes to adoption

Several weeks ago this Salt Lake City family law blog explored some important financial considerations that individuals should make when pursuing private adoptions. The legal realm of adoption, however, extends far beyond the money one may need to expend in order to become an adoptive parent. Adoption can be a legally difficult process, regardless of the path taken.

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