Adoptions

Gardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona has significant expertise in adoption and family law. Adoption can provide wonderful family relationships for children. Before adoption may take place, the petitioner must meet statutory requirements. Because the law presumes that a parent wants to maintain a relationship with his or her child, the person seeking adoption must give notice to each parent of the adoption proceeding. If a parent has been involved in the life of a child and objects to adoption, it is unlikely that the court will grant the adoption. On the other hand, if a parent has played no part in the life of the child or, worse, has engaged in conduct detrimental to the child, the judge is likely to grant the adoption. As with all issues involving children, the judge must make his or her decision based upon the best interest of the child.