My fiance would like to adopt my daughter due to the absence of her father. Once were married is there a legal length of time before he can adopt her or can we handle it the next week?
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Elder Law Attorney
Hi, I agree Counselors Schlesinger and Goldstein. In Illinois, you do not need to wait any particular amount of time after the marriage to file your adoption matter. However, it is not unlikely you will "handle it the next week." Adoption is more of a process than a procedure. Do seek out and seek an experienced adoption attorney who regularly practices in the county of the child's residence and retain him/her to assist your new family with the process. I have found some of the finest attorneys in the country are available by using the search function here on Avvo.com.
Of course, as always this answer is general in nature, applies only to Illinois law, assumes certain facts omitted from the question and does not take into account any facts specific to any person’s particular circumstances. No attorney/client relation is created hereunder and I highly recommend you seek first the counsel and advice of an experienced contested civil litigator prior to taking any actions relating to this matter, as seemingly insignificant actions may have unintended consequences.
Family Law Attorney
There is no waiting period to file for adoption, but there are legal standards that have to apply to your case. If you are interested in speaking with an attorney that handles adoption cases in your area, contact my firm, Hicks & Spector, L.L.C. We are located in Belleville, but regularly represent clients in Madison County and other surrounding counties. We offer a free one-hour consultation and can be reached by phone at (618) 551-0300.
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