One of the many joys of finding love is not only choosing to spend a lifetime with that person but also being able to raise a child or children together. Those who are unable to conceive a child of their own have the option of adopting a child or finding a surrogate mother to help conceive their child. Though this may seem like an “easy” task, that is not always true in the case of same-sex couples who are looking to adopt a child to complete their family. For same-sex couples, there may be obstacles that await depending on the law in Alabama. If you or a loved one is seeking information about adopting as a gay or lesbian couple, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Birmingham family law attorney to strategize about the best possible outcomes for your situation.
Same-Sex Couples and Adoption
Times have begun to change, and with change comes the ability for same-sex couples to legally marry in Alabama. Like many others, same-sex couples may want children to complete their families. Though for many years, same-sex couples were not really able to adopt in Alabama, Alabama law now allows for a married couple or legally recognized domestic partners to adopt a child or to adopt their spouse’s children. This process is called step-parent, second parent, or co-parent adoption and allows for a partner in a same-sex couple to adopt his or her spouse’s biological or adopted child in such a way that does not end the first parent’s legal rights as a parent. This adoption process is put in place for same-sex couples so that two men or two women, usually through a surrogate mother, previous marriage, or previous adoption, have the ability to have simultaneous legal rights to the child through adoption. Because the adoption process can become complicated, it is invaluable to seek legal advice and representation if you and your same-sex spouse are seeking to adopt a child in Alabama.
Need Legal Advice?
Child custody is never an easy matter. There are legal implications no matter which couple is seeking child custody. However, when a same-sex couple is seeking child custody, it can be a lot more difficult. In this situation, it is invaluable to seek legal representation and advice. If you or a loved one is seeking more information about same-sex marriage and adoption, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced family law attorney at Massey, Stotser, & Nichols, PC to help you with your case. Contact our office today.