Adoption solicitors are UK-qualified lawyers specialising in legal advice regarding adoption. Solicitors in this field are most commonly family solicitors, and are usually specialists in more than one sub-field, although some adoption solicitors work exclusively on adoption cases.
Adoption solicitors commonly consult their clients on the adopting procedures relevant to them. Couples seeking to adopt a child may be in different legal situations depending on the location, age and environment of the child which is being considered for adoption. However, some adoption solicitors are employed by adoption agencies and work as in-house legal experts. This role was developed because of the need of adoption agencies to ensure that they are fully compliant with the adoption laws of the UK.
The increased global dimension of adoption has made the legal requirements of adoption very complex. Because international adoptions had become more popular recent changes in the law were enacted through two parliamentary Acts: the Adoption and Children Acts 2002 and 2006. These illustrate the increased legal requirements associated with adoption which have created the increased demand for adoption solicitors.
If you are planning to adopt a child in the UK you should certainly consult a solicitor at some stage. The knowledge and experience of legal professionals should not be underestimated. Often the adoption process can be quite emotional and individuals can lose sight of important factors, such as risks or issues which may arise in the future. Having a legal professional to ensure that your interests are properly represented can help you get through the process with as few difficulties as possible.
If you would like to obtain legal advice on adoption, Caven can put you in touch with a local adoption solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local adoption solicitors please call us on 0800 1777 167 or complete the web-form above.