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Adoption in North Carolina

Durham Adoption Attorney

Barri Payne at Payne Family Law and Mediation has also assisted adoptive parents, adoption agencies, and biological parents with matters of adoption.

Adoption is not limited to simply representing prospective adoptive parents adopting a baby, it also includes assistance with adoptive procedures like:

  • arranging home studies and post-placement assessments
  • Working with an adoption agency
  • Working with the biological parents directly in independent adoptions
  • Step-Parent adoptions
  • Surrogacy and Artificial Reproductive Technology issues
  • Re-Adoptions after there has been an adoption in a foreign country
  • Adult adoptions
  • Termination of Parental Rights proceedings to make a child available for adoption

Irrespective of the reason behind adoption, the process takes place through the court system. The exact process is dictated by the nature of the adoption and the statutes governing the process in N.C. This can sometimes be quite complex with many necessary court documents, statutory requirements to be met, and other elements that need to be considered. The adoption process is much smoother and is more likely to achieve your desired outcome if you seek counsel of a qualified adoption attorney before you begin. Barri Payne is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Family Law.

Her experience and expertise can help guide you through the system and help you avoid common pitfalls not readily apparent to people not trained in the process. She can help elucidate all the elements you might want to consider so that you can move forward and make choices based on an educated perspective. Call her and schedule a consultation to discuss your North Carolina adoption needs and concerns.

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Outstanding lawyer and expert in all areas of family law.

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