Kathleen J. Smith, Attorney at Law

guardianship and adoption Archives

Grandparents in California can pursue visitation rights

When it comes to custody, care and visitation of young children in California, usually the focus is on the children's parents. However, other people in the children's lives, like their grandparents, may also lay claim to an interest in time with the children and may pursue that claim legally. Grandparent rights and guardianship are an interesting area of law.

Biological fathers have rights in a California adoption

For many pregnant women, the adoption of their infant is the best way to ensure that the child will have a loving and caring childhood. While it is typically a difficult decision to make, mothers who consent to adoption are acting in the best interests of the child.

Acquiring emergency guardianship of a California child

If you are a family friend or a relative concerned about the welfare of a child that you have a close relationship with, you may be interested in pursuing emergency guardianship of that child. Guardianship and adoption often fall within the same legal area because they both concern minor children. Family law attorneys are equipped to handle these cases due to their training and experience with guardianship and adoption.

Is there more than one way to adopt in California?

What is adoption? It is a procedure in which a person or a couple establishes a legal parent/child relationship with someone, usually a child. However, adoption is really so much more than this simple definition allows. Adoption means becoming a parent, experiencing the joys of loving someone, having that love returned and making the lives of all involved better.

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