Adoptions & Guardianships

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Step-Parents

If you’ve married into a family with children that you’ve grown to love as your own, it’s possible to adopt your step-children. We’ll help you through the process. Contact Burdine Law Firm today.

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Blended Families

In an ideal situation, adults are able to come together in order to provide the best care for the children. This includes step-parents, grandparents, dad’s new wife or mom’s new husband, etc. Adults in a blended family can obtain legal rights through adoption or guardianship. Call today.

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Extended Family Members

In special cases where a child’s biological parents are deceased or unfit to provide care for the child(ren), extended family members may have the ability to adopt or become the child’s legal guardian. We’ll help you through the process. Call Burdine Law Firm today.

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Get the Guidance You Need

Adoption or guardianship can be a difficult legal process to navigate on your own, especially because, in many adoption cases, the relationship between a child and his or her biological parent is completely severed. At Burdine Law Firm in Nashville, our experienced adoption attorney will discuss the adoption process with you and the different steps you can take to effectuate an adoption. Get in touch with us to schedule a free telephone consultation today.

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Adoption vs. Guardianship

While adoption and guardianship have many similarities, the most important one being that they provide the child with a stable and supportive parent, there are important differences between the two to keep in mind.

Legal guardianship is a temporary caregiving situation for the child when their biological parent is unable to provide care. Legal guardianship gives the guardian custody of the child until they are 18 years old and the legal parents retain all of their rights for the child.

Adoption, on the other hand, is a process that terminates the legal rights of the biological parent(s) and places the child into the custody of their adoptive parents. Adoption is not temporary like legal guardianship is — it is a permanent decision that removes the rights of the biological parent.

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Important Things to Consider

If you are trying to make the decision between adoption and guardianship, you’re not alone. You may know of a child that’s in need or you’re interested in providing care for a child that is close to you, but you don’t know how to handle the situation responsibly and respectfully. Are you able to provide proper care and a stable environment for the child? Do you want to have a future relationship with the child? Are you financially prepared to support a child’s needs? These are just a few of the things to consider when determining if adoption or guardianship is right for you. Ms. Burdine at Burdine Law Firm can help you make the best decision based on your unique situation. Call today.

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If you’re interested in learning more about the process surrounding adoption or guardianship, get in touch with us at Burdine Law Firm in Nashville today. We have the knowledge and experience to help you understand this complicated process, and we’re ready to give you the guidance and support you need.

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