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Adoption provides families a method for creating and formalizing legal relationships between parent and child. The Utah Adoption Act governs the steps that must be taken in order to enjoy a successful adoption. An adoption proceeding is commenced when any interested party (usually the adoptive parents) file a petition to adopt.

Utah’s Adoption Process

After the petition is filed, the party who filed the petition (referred to as the “Petitioner”) must comply with the Utah Adoption Act’s requirements for notifying other potentially interested parties, thereby giving them an opportunity to have an influence over the proceedings. The notification and consent requirements depend on the type of adoption and the parties involved. Our Draper adoption attorney will help you through this process.

Notification

Mother with adopted childThe adoption can proceed smoothly and quickly if all interested parties are notified of and consent to the adoption. Importantly, any notice sent as part of adoption proceedings must comply with the relevant Utah Rules of Civil Procedure, most notably Rule 4. If a party fails to timely respond to the formal notice then they may forfeit their ability to intervene in the adoption. In instances in which an interested party wants to have a say on the process, a motion to intervene can be filed. This motion, if filed, usually delays the process while the court evaluates the rights and concerns of the prospective intervenor. Biological parents whose parental rights have been terminated (or who have voluntarily relinquished their rights) do not need to be notified or consent to the adoption. For additional information on your rights, contact our team of adoption attorneys in Draper.

The soonest an adoption can be finalized is usually 30 days after interested parties were served the notice of adoption proceedings. Final adoption hearings are brief and simple if the parties have prepared beforehand. The adoption hearing gives the presiding judge a chance to review adoption-related documents and hear testimony from witnesses. If everything is in order the adoptive parents sign an adoption agreement and the judge signs the decree of adoption.

Get experienced legal advice, call Utah adoption attorney Eric M. Swinyard for a no-obligation 30-minute consultation at (801) 515-4133.

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    Eric M. Swinyard

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    Eric M. Swinyard is a divorce and family law attorney who serves clients throughout the State of Utah. Eric’s practice is primarily focused on providing personalized, high-quality legal services to individuals involved in divorces, paternity actions, adoptions, estate planning, and other family law matters. It’s incredibly easy to be taken advantage of during litigation, especially if you are unrepresented by legal counsel. Protect Your Rights You don’t want to be in a situation where you need ...
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    Ryan Ficklin

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    Ryan Ficklin is an associate attorney at Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC. Prior to practicing law in Utah, Ryan practiced family law in Southern California. In 2017, Ryan relocated back to his home state of Utah to focus on serving the people of Utah who need legal representation, particularly in the family law realm. Ryan graduated with honors from California’s Whittier Law School in May of 2015. While in law school, Ryan was a staff member for The Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. Ryan ...
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    Keith L. Johnson

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    Keith joined Eric M. Swinyard & Associates in Fall 2020, bringing more than a decade of experience as a trial attorney in various types of legal cases. He has successfully guided hundreds of individuals through Utah’s court system. Keith previously worked at an established civil litigation firm in Salt Lake as well as a mid-sized regional law firm. He has substantive experience in a variety of practice areas and is now primarily devoted to serving individuals involved in family law cases. Keith ...
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