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ABOUT THE ADOPTION PROCESS
HELP FOR COUPLES SEEKING TO ADOPT IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA
The controlling law in Alabama is found in Chapter 10 of the Code of Alabama, called
the Alabama Adoption Code. This code states that a birthmother (and preferably also
a birthfather) have to sign a Consent For Adoption. In Alabama, they have five days
from the date they sign their consent (or from the date of the birth of the child,
whichever comes later) in which they can automatically withdraw their consent if
they change their mind for any reason regarding the adoption. In Alabama, a birthmother
can go before the Probate Judge and sign a Prebirth Consent, otherwise it has to
be done following the birth of the baby. A birthfather can sign a Consent at anytime.
If the birthfather is unknown, Alabama has a Putative Father Registry which protects
the rights of the adoptive couple. Should the birthfather ever try to assert his
paternity, he is deemed to have implicitly consented to the adoption, if he never
signs the Putative Father Registry with the Department of Human Resources.
After the couple receives their baby, they file their Petition For Adoption in the
state in which they want the adoption finalized. The judge then issues an Interlocutory
Decree, awarding them temporary legal custody of the baby, pending the Final Adoption
Hearing, which is usually set in Mobile County three months following the filing
of the Petition For Adoption.
Of course, there are numerous other details. For example, in Alabama it is legal
to pay for maternity related expenses that the birthmother incurs as a result of
her pregnancy. There are also tax credits available to couples who adopt. I hope
I have given you enough information to get you started. I also hope that you will
get in touch with me when you are at the point of your adoption process where you
need legal assistance.
Each state has different laws in place regarding adoption. This information pertains
to adoption law in the state of Alabama