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Law Offices of MariAnn Hathaway
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Guiding Families Across Washington County Through The Adoption Process

Adoption is a deeply personal process, but it is important to remember that it is a legal process as well. Adoption in Pennsylvania is governed by strict rules and regulations; failure to follow these regulations exactly can delay your adoption proceedings.

I am Washington County adoption lawyer MariAnn Hathaway, and I can guide you through the necessary procedures and help you keep the process on track. Private adoptions are complex and deadline-driven; I will help you meet those deadlines while ensuring that all of your paperwork is properly completed.

Termination Of Parental Rights

I can also assist with the termination of parental rights. Before you can adopt a child, you must first terminate the parental rights of the child's biological parents. If both biological parents agree to the adoption, this process is fairly straightforward. If one parent refuses, however, it can become much more complex.

Under certain circumstances, typically abuse or abandonment, parental rights can be terminated without the parent's permission. Terminating a parent's rights in this way can be emotionally charged and highly acrimonious; as your lawyer, I can help you keep the process moving forward.

Local Attorney With More Than 20 Years' Experience

I handle all types of adoption, including stepparent adoptions. Here in Pennsylvania, stepparent adoptions may follow slightly different local procedures. When seeking an adoption, it is important that you seek assistance from a local attorney who is familiar with these procedures.

Whether you are looking to adopt a relative or simply bring a new child into your family, I will provide professional guidance and personal attention to your case. To schedule a consultation with my Washington, Pennsylvania, law firm, please call 724-705-1323 or fill out my online form. Weekend and evening appointments are available upon request.

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