There is no Arizona law requiring you to hire an attorney. With that said, there are many reasons why it is highly advisable to have a trusted and experienced attorney guiding you through the entire adoption process. The following are some of the reasons why you should consult with a lawyer if you are considering adoption.

Deciding which type of adoption is right for you – Many prospective adoptive parents are unaware of the different types of adoption and available options for the process.  A knowledgeable lawyer can explain the benefits and potential drawbacks of each type of adoption and help you select the one that is best for your situation.

Overseeing the process – Pregnancy can be stressful and overwhelming on its own.  It can be even more stressful when you are considering the option of placing your child for adoption. Having a skilled attorney on your side to ensure that all appropriate steps are taken can make the process go more smoothly and take some stress off of you.  The prospective adoptive parents will cover the legal fees for the birth mom in nearly all cases.

Drafting your adoption plan and agreement – Your adoption plan is extremely important as it sets out your plans for prenatal care, financial assistance with expenses, counseling, delivery wishes, and more.  In addition, the adoption agreement will designate terms regarding confidentiality, closed or open adoptions, and other matters to make sure that your child’s best interests are served, as well as your own.

Protecting your rights – Birth mothers have many rights throughout the adoption process, though you may not be aware of all of these rights. An experienced lawyer will explain all of your rights and will serve as an advocate for you to ensure your rights are not violated in any way during or after the adoption process.

Providing support – Adoption is often difficult and having a dedicated attorney you can trust to provide an unbiased opinion and advice can be extremely helpful.

Consult with Our Committed Arizona Adoption Lawyers Today

At the law firm of Stuart & Blackwell, we know that deciding to place your baby for adoption is a deeply personal, emotional, and often difficult decision. We provide the highest level of personalized care for all of our birth mother clients and work to find the best home possible for your child, all while ensuring your rights are protected. Please call today at learn more information at 480-420-2900.