Mississippi Adoption Lawyer and Attorney
Adoption is the statutory process of terminating a child’s legal rights and duties toward the natural parents and substituting similar rights and duties toward adoptive parents.
Many times questions arise as to whether the state of Mississippi has jurisdiction to entertain an adoption proceeding. The child may be from another state and has just moved here, a natural parent may live in another state while one natural parent lives in Mississippi, perhaps a grandparent has actual possession of the child in Mississippi but the parents live elsewhere. There are any number of scenarios that raise questions about whether an adoption can go forward in Mississippi. Mississippi has jurisdiction to entertain an adoption proceeding if:
- immediately before commencement of the proceeding, the minor lived in Mississippi with a parent, guardian, a prospective adoptive parent or another person acting as parent, for at least 6 consecutive months, or, in the case of a minor under 6 months of age, lived in this state from soon after birth with any of those individuals and there is available in Mississippi substantial evidence concerning the minor’s present or future care; or
- immediately before commencement of the proceeding, the prospective adoptive parent lived in Mississippi for at least 6 consecutive months, and there is available in Mississippi substantial evidence concerning the minor’s present or future care; or
- if an agency is involved, if the agency that placed the minor for adoption is licensed in Mississippi and it is in the best interest of the minor that a court of Mississippi assume jurisdiction because the minor and the minor’s parents, or the minor and the prospective adoptive parent, have a significant with Mississippi, and there is available in Mississippi substantial evidence concerning the minor’s present or future care; or
- or the minor and the prospective adoptive parent are physically present in Mississippi and the minor has been abandoned or it is necessary in an emergency to protect the minor because the minor has been subjected to or threatened with mistreatment or abuse or is otherwise neglected; or
- it appears that no other state would have jurisdiction under the prerequisites substantially stated above, or another state has declined to exercise jurisdiction on the ground that Mississippi is the more appropriate state to hear a petition for adoption of the minor, and it is in the best interest of the minor that a Mississippi court assume jurisdiction.
At the Law Offices of Attorney John R. Reeves, P.C., we can advise you and answer any question you may have such as these important questions:
- Where should your adoption petition be filed?
- Who may adopt?
- Does the law prohibit same gender couples from adopting?
- Who may be adopted?
- Can adults be adopted?
- What are the medical requirements for adoption?
- How is the petition for adoption prepared?
- Court costs and other fees?
- What can you do if a natural parent of a child that you wish to adopt objects to the adoption?
- What proof is required to adopt a child over the objection of the natural parent?
- Is a home study required in the adoption that you want to undertake?
- Does the child have to consent to the adoption?
At the Law Offices of Attorney John R. Reeves, P.C., we have handled many adoptions over the years and we can answer these and any other question you may have about the adoption you wish to undertake. Let our experience work for you in this very important decision not only your life but the life of the child. Adoption law requires strict compliance or the adoption may be subject to later set aside. There is no substitute for handling an adoption the correct way. Adoption is one of the most important decisions you will ever make in your life. It can also be one of the most rewarding. So don’t risk anything. You need an experienced Mississippi Adoption Lawyer and and experienced Mississippi Adoption Attorney.
Please contact us to arrange for a confidential consultation with an informed Mississippi Adoption Attorney and Lawyer.