An individual over 14 years of age may be adopted only if she or he consents. Minn. Stat. § 259.24, subd. 3 If an unmarried parent under age 18 wants to place a child for adoption, he or she must be offered consultation with an attorney, clergy, or physician before consenting to the adoption. The
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Every Minnesota adoption requires action and approval by the court to be recognized as legal. While the final legal act of obtaining an adoption is simple, the court must first be satisfied that the adoption is in the best interests of the adoptee.
An adoption attorney can provide legal help in a variety of adoption law services, including:
- Stepparent adoptions
- Grandparent adoptions
- Open adoptions
- Closed adoptions
- Agency adoptions
- Private adoptions
- Special needs adoptions
- Surrogate mother adoptions
- Finalization of adoption (legalization)
In certain situations, a Minnesota family or single parent might also be interested in adopting a an adult over 18 years of age. Reasons for this decision might include estate planning or reuniting a biological family. The person to be adopted must consent to the procedure, and all parties must appear in court together to finalize the adoption.
How Much Does an Adoption Attorney Cost?
An adoption attorney’s help is not cheap. Hiring an attorney usually costs $3,000 to $20,000, depending on many factors like complications, whether the adoption is international, etc.