In Colorado, as in other states, adoption of a child is a very involved and sometimes complicated process. At the Law Office of Peter Loyd Weber & Associates, we have experience representing clients in all family law matters. Having a Colorado family law attorney on your side is crucial when you are thinking of a child’s best interest. Call us at (720) 863-7755 for a free consultation to see how we can help you today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the requirements for the ability to adopt a child in Colorado?
A: First, you must be at least 21 years old. You can adopt if you are single or married. However, you cannot adopt if you have been convicted of any of the following crimes: child abuse or neglect, abusing a spouse, any crime against a child, any crime involving violence, rape, sexual assault, murder or other physical assaults.
Q: Can I adopt my step-child?
A: In Colorado, a step-parent may adopt their step-child if that child lives with the step-parent and agrees to the adoption, and either the parent the child does not live with has abandoned that child for a year or more, or has not supported the child without good reason, or if the non-custodial parent consents to the adoption.
Q: What is the difference between and open and closed adoption?
A: A closed adoption typically means that the new baby and adopted parents will have little to no future contact with the birth mother. A closed adoption, on the other hand, typically means there will be a good amount of future contact between the birth mother and the child and adopted parents. In either case, you should know your legal rights and obligations before entering into any type of adoption. The Law Office of Peter Loyd Weber and Associates is here to help guide you through the process.
Q: Do I need a lawyer if I am considering adopting a foster child?
A: Anytime you are in a court or filing papers with court, you should have an experienced attorney with you. Foster care adoption, like other types of adoption, can be quite complicated. At the Law Office of Peter Loyd Weber and Associates, we can help you with all aspects of a foster adoption, including: termination of biological parents’ rights, paternity issues, grandparents’ rights, and any other legal issues dealing with foster care adoption.