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Las Vegas Adoption Attorney

Douglas Crawford Law Discusses Nevada Adoptions

If you or anyone you know needs help with an adoption and you live in southern Nevada—whether in Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City or Mesquite—you need access to the best legal representation you can get.

You need Douglas Crawford Law.

The Nevada Revised Statues (NRS) have an entire chapter, 127, dedicated to adoption. As described in the NRS, we will utilize the State Register for Adoptions. The Register also helps us if your case involves a child with special needs. The Register produces a helpful manual, updated annually, that I encourage everyone to read. It outlines the entire adoption process from start to finish and is full of useful information.

In order to adopt one or more individuals in the state of Nevada, you must meet a few basic requirements: you must be over 10 years older than the prospective adoptee; if the child in question is over 14 years of age he/she must consent to the adoption; if you are married we will have to ensure that your spouse wishes to also be on the adoption paperwork, and if not we can create a legal agreement to fit your situation; if you are married but separated you can still adopt but we will have to get written consent from your legal partner. If they are not available there are legal remedies for that situation, too. The NRS is full of other possible solutions that may apply to your case—each situation is unique and we will craft an agreement that best suits you and the child or children in question.

If you are adopting a child from what the NRS describes as “Indian” heritage, that may complicate the adoption process somewhat. The NRS seeks to protect tribal rights while also ensuring children have a shot at the best life possible. I can help you through this intricate area of law.

If you are in a same-sex marriage, you will be happy to know that Nevada’s laws regarding LGBTQ adoption to not make biases because of gender. You are allowed to adopt. The same specifications listed in the NRS apply to you. The NRS allows petitions from married and unmarried LGBTQ parents.

In some unusual cases you may find your attempts at adoption meeting resistance. The NRS also provide methods for us to fight for your adoptive rights. We can call witnesses and do background checks and anything else necessary.

I can also help with adult adoption. While not common practice, there are reasons you might want to adopt an adult. The adult to be adopted must be younger than you and cannot be your spouse. Most often, adults are adopted for inheritance purposes, in order to pass on a business or other assets. In other situations, people adopt adults to legally base a familial relationship, as in the case of a man who might discover later in life he fathered a child when much younger.

Whatever your adoption needs, I can help you get the best results for you and your family. Reach out and let’s get the process started.

Hire me.