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Resolving same-sex adoptions after national marriage equality

Adoption can be a noble, albeit overwhelming, experience for a couple in Illinois. Many people who cannot have a child of their own seek a family law attorney to help them adopt a child legally and as simply as possible.

One group of people that commonly adopts children is same-sex couples who cannot conceive in the traditional manner. However, for a long time, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have faced a lot of social prejudice for a variety of reasons. Adopting a child can also be a bigger challenge for the LGBT community than for other people.

The recent Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide is very good news for these couples. Illinois law legalized same-sex marriages some time ago, but before these marriages could be recognized nationally, there were still many impediments to same-sex couples adopting. Adoption often involves interstate or even international laws. Thus, having nationwide legalization may help Illinois couples that are already married to start the adoption process in other states as well.

Of course, the fact that same-sex marriage is now nationally recognized does not remove all impediments to adoption. Adopting a child can be a long, difficult process for all kinds of families. The process can raise complex issues in many areas of the law, and it can be important to have guidance of attorneys with experience helping families through the process in a variety of circumstances.

The legal professionals at the Law Offices of Dwayne Douglas have extensive experience all kinds of Illinois residents, including people in the LGBT community, with their family law issues, including adoption. See our web page on adoption for more information.

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