Guiding You Throughout The Adoption Process

If you and your family are thinking about adopting a child, you know how complicated adoption law is in Tennessee. It is essential for families who are considering adoption to speak with a lawyer who understands the complexities of adoption law and knows how to resolve your issues as efficiently as possible.

At the Law Office of James H. Snyder, Jr., I have been helping families navigate the adoption process for more than 25 years. I focus on providing compassionate, in-depth family law advice to help you make an informed decision about your options. From my office in Alcoa, I represent families in Blount County, Knox County and the surrounding counties. Let me complete your family.

Stepparent Adoptions

When stepparents become an important part of a child's life, they may want to make that relationship more formal via adoption. When both biological parents agree, the adoption can proceed relatively quickly. I focus on taking a collaborative approach to adoption cases to find outcomes that work for all parties.

Additionally, I will analyze your situation to determine whether it is possible to avoid the expenses of conducting an adoption home study and how the expenses associated with the adoption may be recovered.

Adopting Children From Biological Parents

If you are caring for a child on behalf of the biological parents but do not have the rights that you need to properly care for the child, you may want to gain parental rights from the biological parents by adopting the child to formally recognize that child's true relationship to you. If the biological parents agree, I can help you resolve the process very quickly.

If the biological parents do not want the adoption to occur, it can result in a long, contentious courtroom fight. Because this litigation is so difficult, complex and emotionally challenging, it is important to work with an attorney who understands what it takes to be successful in court.

As a former prosecutor and an attorney who has tried many contested parental termination cases and adoptions, I have extensive experience trying cases in court. I know what it takes to build a strong case, and I use this knowledge to better position you to being recognized as the child's legal parents.

Helping To Make The Adoption Process Easier

Helping families solve adoption issues is one of the most satisfying experiences of my practice. Contact me to learn how my compassionate approach to adoption law can benefit you. Call 865-981-4966 or send me an email to schedule a consultation.