Individuals who adopt often don't anticipate the fact that they may
go through a divorce in the future. Yet adoptive parents do commonly go
through divorces. If a child has already been officially adopted, then
the child custody arrangements will be dealt with just as if the child
was biological. Yet if the child is currently a foster care placement,
and is not officially adopted by the parents, this can become complicated
in the midst of a divorce.
If an adoption is not final, then the court has the right to decide which
parent should finalize the placement as the marriage dissolves. The recommendation
of the adoption agency is an important factor in the decision. A parent
who wishes to adopt as the single parent should make sure that the agency
is aware of the fact that the divorce is taking place. If the agency can
give a high recommendation of the parent, the this can help to prove that
that parent deserves custody.
Divorce does not have an effect on a person's ability to adopt again.
Typically, adoption agencies cannot restrict a single parent's right
to adopt again simply based on their relationship status. As long as the
adoption agency feels an individual can be a good parent, divorces are
not a major factor. Some international adoption agencies will prohibit
adoptions by single, divorced, or re-married persons, but you will want
to discuss this with your agency.
If you want more information about divorce and adoption, call an attorney
at Claery & Green today. With the right Los Angeles divorce attorney
on your side, you may be able to arrange any necessary precautions regarding
divorce and adoption and ensure that you can keep your family together
even during this difficult time. Call Claery & Green today for professional