What To Expect In Adopting A Stepchild, Grandchild Or Other Minor Relative

Adopting a child is a joyful milestone worthy of celebration — even if the circumstances giving rise to the adoption were less than ideal (or outright tragic). By taking this formal step, you are giving the child a chance for a new life and a bright future, whatever darkness may lie in their past.

The adoption process itself, however, can be stressful. A lot is at stake, especially if a biological parent is contesting the adoption. Enlisting the help of a qualified attorney can go a long way toward alleviating your worries.

Avoid Pitfalls With The Help Of Our Legal Team

At Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P.A., we're committed to guiding you through this important life juncture — and to seeing you succeed. Our lawyers handle both contested and uncontested adoptions involving stepparents, grandparents and other relatives. We also handle kinship adoption and custody cases stemming from the loss of the children's parents.

We will work hard to make sure the case goes as smoothly as possible. You can count on us for reliable representation through all stages of the process, including:

  • Filing the petition
  • Undergoing the home study
  • Preparing for the hearing

Drawing on a wealth of experience, our adoption lawyers can help you avoid common pitfalls that could delay or derail your case.

Take The Next Step

If you're considering a stepparent or relative adoption, speak with a lawyer at our firm about what to expect and how to proceed. Learn more by scheduling a confidential consultation. You can contact us online or call our main office in Brooklyn Center at 612-444-5604. We have additional offices through the Twin Cities, including Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Edina, Coon Rapids and eight other locations. We handle adoption cases throughout Minnesota.