Adoptions in Rhode Island are of two broad types: they are either consented to, or they are contested. Consented to adoptions are just that: all parties (biological parents and adoptive parents) are in agreement. There adoptions are the least complex. If you are interested in filing for adoption, give Moyer Law a call at 401-461-7800 to set up your consultation today.
Contested Adoptions in RI
Contested adoptions occur when one or both of the biological parents disagrees with the adoption. The most common example of a contested adoption is when one of the biological parents has remarried, and the new step-parent is interested in adopting the child. In order to succeed in a contested adoption, the petitioners (people seeking to have the adoption go through) need to prove certain things in court. These are known as the “grounds for adoption”. The most common grounds are:
Grounds for Adoption (Contested)
Abandonment for at least 6 months
Failure to provide support for at least 1 year
If the petitioners can prove one or more of these grounds exists, then they are well on their way to success for the adoption. If you are seeking to adopt in Rhode Island, or are defending against an adoption attempt, we can help. Call us at 401-461-7800 to set up your initial consultation today.