Stepparent & Grandparent Adoption Lawyers in Clarksville
A Customized Approach to Family Law
Parentage sometimes takes a different form than simply the biological mother and fatherhood. Adults who feel a parental bond with a child – such as stepparents and grandparents – have some options under Tennessee law to adopt a child.
At Darnell & Darnell, we have helped countless families through the process of stepparent and grandparent adoption in Clarksville and the surrounding areas. Our family lawyers bring over 90 years of collective experience to your case and work to make the adoption process as smooth as possible.
Our customized approach to family law has made us a trusted firm in the community since 2006. Put our skills and experience on your side. Get started by calling (931) 240-2752.
Terminating Parental Rights
Stepparent adoptions involve one biological parent agreeing to terminate their parental rights to allow a stepparent to assume those rights. A biological parent can do this via written letter or through dereliction of their parental duties.
Grandparent adoption requires that both biological parents rescind their biological rights. Courts typically believe that a child should remain with their parent(s) unless significant evidence shows that the parents are unfit to care for the child.
a biological parent’s rights may be terminated due to:
- Abuse against the child or others
- Causing intentional or wrongful death of the other parent
- Failure to comply with parental responsibilities
- Imprisonment for over two years due to child-related conduct
- Imprisonment over 10 years when the child is under the age of eight
- Parental incompetence as ruled by the court
- Removal from the home for six months
- Substance abuse
These typically follow the traditional process for adoption but waive the statutory waiting period and six-month home study period since a parent-child relationship is presumed to exist. The most important thing to prove is that the adoption is in the best interests of the child.
Personalized & Compassionate Service
Adopting a child who you have come to love as your own can be an exciting process. We are here to simplify the process and minimize the legal complications that you face. Our seasoned Clarksville stepparent and grandparent adoption lawyers at Darnell & Darnell work closely with all parties to deliver personalized and compassionate service. We want to help our clients understand their rights and overcome any challenges along the way.
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