The usual legal fees are $1500, with the
consent, abandonment, or death of the non-custodial parent. If the case is
actively contested by a nonconsenting birth parent, the legal fees will be much
every case, there also will be additional out of pocket fees depending on the
particular case, i.e. printing costs, mailing costs, publication, filing fees,
birth certificate fees etc.
How long will a Step Parent Adoption
take in Virginia?
one to four months once the legal pleadings are filed with the Court.
Can you describe the
We work with families within 60 minute travel distance
from our office. If you are outside this
area, we may be able to provide a referral to another attorney.
- Informational meeting with Adoption attorney.
- Consider whether the biological parent must
consent to adoption or has abandoned the child or is deceased
gathers information and Clients sign notarized pleadings
files the pleadings with the Court
publication (required for nonconsenting birth parent)
brief investigation by Social Services, a two month process
the Final Order of Adoption—Court appearance is sometimes required
a new Birth Certificate with the child’s new name and the new parent
listed as the parent - arrives in two to four months.
changes name of child on social security card
Can you describe the process?