Fort Wayne Adoption Lawyer

When a divorced parent remarries, the new spouse will often want to adopt the children. In many cases, the new spouse simply wants to establish a familial bond with the children. In others, there may be tax or estate planning issues that can prompt a stepparent adoption. No matter what your motivation may be, the process can be very complex, and it is important that you have an experienced Fort Wayne adoption attorney with the ability to properly handle your case.

At the law office of Matthew S. Williams, Attorney at Law, attorney Williams has experience handling a variety of adoption proceedings for clients throughout the Fort Wayne area. With a primary focus on stepparent adoptions, he also represents clients in agency adoptions, private placements and other adoption-related matters.

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In most cases, it is necessary for the other biological parent to give his or her consent in order for the stepparent to adopt the child. If the whereabouts of the other parent are not known, steps must be taken to notify him or her of the new spouse's intent to adopt. These can include placing notices in the newspaper, searching the Indiana putative father registry and other resources.

In some cases, the consent of the other biological parent is not necessary. No consent is required if any of the following circumstances apply:

  • Parental abandonment for at least six months
  • No support for at least one year or failure to make support payments
  • No communication for at least one year
  • The parent is unfit to care for the child

Discuss Your Case With An Allen County Stepparent Adoptions Attorney

Contact the law office of Matthew S. Williams, Attorney at Law, to discuss your adoption questions with a lawyer. You can reach the office by phone at 260-918-0443, toll free at 800-558-0314 or via email. His office is conveniently located two blocks from the Allen County Courthouse. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free on-site parking is available.