How Does Utah Handle Adopted Children In A Divorce?

The decision to adopt a child is a major life experience and a way to ensure a child has a stable, loving environment to grow up in. However, divorces can occur after an adoption takes place, and that can raise questions about parental rights. You can count on Emy A. Cordano to help you with all divorce matters. When you need a skilled and experienced Salt Lake City child custody lawyer, call us today so we can get started on your case.

There are various types of adoptions

There are various ways that adoptions take place in Utah. People most commonly associate adoption with two non-biological parents adopting a child. However, that is not always the case. Often, a child is adopted by a stepparent.

When two parents legally adopt a child that is not their own biologically, that does not diminish their parental rights. The courts give adoptive parents the same rights and protections that biological parents have. Biological parents of adoptive children do not have any legal rights to their children.

When a stepparent adopts a child, they also gain the same rights as the biological parent. The other biological parent in these cases have their rights terminated by the courts, willingly or forced.

In a divorce with adopted children, both parents will face the same process that biological parents face in a traditional child/parent familial home.

You can count on Emy A. Cordano to help you through all aspects of the child custody process. She will help you achieve the best possible outcome for you and your child. This could include:

  • Sole physical custody for the parent bests able to provide the child with a healthy, stable environment, whether that person is the adoptive parent or the biological parent.
  • Shared legal or physical custody if both parents are able to provide a stable environment for their child.
  • Modifications to prior orders of custody issued by a Utah or other state court.

Both parents are required to provide support for their children after a divorce. Child support will be ordered by the court regardless of whether a person is a biological or adoptive parent. If you are the biological parent of a child and the adoptive parent refuses to pay child support, Emy A. Cordano can help you work with the court to ensure your child receives the support they are entitled to.

We are ready to help you through this

If you are going through a divorce and there is an adopted minor child involved, you should seek legal assistance. These cases could become complicated, but Emy A. Cordano is a skilled, experienced divorce and child custody attorney who can help you through all aspects of this process. She understands parental rights regarding biological and adopted children and will help reach a favorable outcome for you and your child. When you need a Salt Lake City child custody attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or call us at (801) 901-8159 for an initial consultation.

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