In Rhode Island, it takes an experienced family court practitioner to sucessfully navigate clients through the adoption process in a timely and efficient manner. From the initial intake meeting, Attorney Friel will thouroughly explain the adoption procedure, and let you know what to expect.
Consent refers to the agreement by a parent, or a person or agency acting in place of a parent, to relinquish a child for adoption and release all rights and duties with respect to that child. Under Rhode Island law, the parents of the child, or their survivor, need to evidence their consent to adoption in writing, or the adoption petition will be dimissed. Additionally, if the child is fourteen (14) years or older, the child's consent is likewise required.
In instances where the petitioners are one of the natural parents and his or her spouse, and teh other biological non-custodial parent refuses to consent to the adoption, under certain circumstances that non-custodial parent's rights may be involuntarily terminated by the Rhode Island Family Court.
If you would like to discuss your particular needs with Attorney Christopher E. Friel, please contact us today by calling 401-737-4200 extension 23.