Lincoln, Gaston and Catawba County Adoptions Lawyer

Attention to Detail for Worry-Free Adoptions

Johnathan L Rhyne JrAn adoption by a stepparent is usually a happy occasion. It can be stress free as well, unless a biological parent seeks to retain parental rights. In many cases, the stepparent adoption is related to a new marriage and blending of families. At The Jonas Law Firm, P.L.L.C., our stepparent adoption attorney pays attention to detail so that the adoption proceeds smoothly and in a timely manner.

Common questions related to adoption are:

  • How much will it cost? This is not an expensive undertaking unless there is a biological parent who wants to fight the adoption.
  • How long will it take? The process is fairly straightforward and generally takes three or four months, unless there are special circumstances.

Our family law attorney, Johnathan L. Rhyne Jr., is the only North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization Certified Specialist in Family Law within the 27B Judicial District (Lincoln and Cleveland Counties) and one of only two in the 27A Judicial District (Gaston County). He is AV* rated and with 30 years of experience is well qualified to make certain that your stepparent adoption goes smoothly.

Child Adoption Attorney for Disputed Adoptions

Occasionally there is an adoption that is disputed by a birth parent or other family member. When that happens, a skilled family law attorney who is also an experienced courtroom trial lawyer can be a significant asset to have in your corner. The types of adoption disputes and complicated adoption issues that may arise include:

  • Father's rights — a father who comes forward and does not desire to relinquish his rights
  • Paternity — testing to determine if adoption is necessary or to obtain child support
  • Interstate adoption — stepparent adoption across state lines
  • Non-traditional families

Contact The Jonas Law Firm, P.L.L.C.

We welcome inquiries about collaborative law, mediation, arbitration and divorce and would be happy to help you. Please call 704-666-1210 to schedule an appointment or send our lawyers an e-mail to arrange for a consultation.

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