Here’s a quick tip for completing the adoption process on your own. Don’t. Please don’t. Now I know I’m biased because our business is helping people through the adoption process, specifically the stepparent adoption process. While I wish everyone would hire us to help them through the adoption process, there are other reasons you shouldn’t try to do an adoption on your own.
Reasons to Avoid Do It Yourself Stepparent Adoption
1. Harmful to Your Case
The first and biggest reason is it can harm your case. If the things you file in court or the things the paralegal says that they’re drafting for you are not written correctly or include something that’s wrong, it can hurt your case in front of the judge. It can cause the court to look at your case and say this is may not in the best interest of this child and they may not approve your adoption.
2. Additional Cost
The second thing is it will cost you more. We’ve all heard the story of someone who tried to do something on their own, maybe it was your dad who tried to fix the plumbing or the electricity in the house, or you worked on your car by yourself and spent hours and money on supplies and trying to fix it only to make things worse. In the end, you still had to hire the professional who charged you even more to fix it than if you had hired him in the first place.
It’s the same thing with an adoption, hiring a lawyer to do it right the first time will save you money. It will save you time and frustration in addition to increasing the likelihood that the court will grant your adoption. So if you’re thinking of going through the step-parent adoption process or any adoption for that matter, please hire an attorney to help you do it right the first time. This will save you the stress, headache, and money that goes with it.
Get Help with Stepparent Adoption
If you are interested in learning how Step Up Adoption can help you through the adoption process, we make it simple, easy, and stress-free. Find out if you qualify for a stepparent adoption here in Oklahomaby taking our free quiz to see if you’re eligible. You can also schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with one of our attorneys.