Families come in all shapes and sizes. When parents choose to adopt a child, there is no greater act of love and no happier event that can happen in a courtroom. Adoptions, while wonderful things, are complicated and have lots of technical requirements. Contested adoptions involve terminating the parental rights of the biological parents. Agreed adoptions can vary greatly depending on the relationship of the parties, if an agency is involved, if the Department of Children’s services is involved, or even the age of child. An experienced family law attorney can help guide you through the process and ensure happy doesn’t become overwhelming.