Handling Private and Stepparent Adoptions in Maryland

An adoption is the rare instance that allows for all parties in a family law matter to leave a courtroom happy. At the Law Offices of Corrie A. Boulay, our lawyers help keep the experience a happy one by ensuring that all aspects of the adoption are performed professionally and compassionately.

Our lawyers handle private adoptions and stepparent adoptions. We also represent birth mothers.

Private Adoptions

Private adoptions take place when adoptive parents and birth parents find each other and complete the adoption process without involving an adoption agency. A private adoption can allow for more flexibility, including greater contact between birth and adoptive parents, than adoption through an agency. Private adoptions involve a large number of laws and regulations that must be complied with at all times, including rules regarding adoptive parents find a child to adopt and to what extent birth mothers can be compensated for expenses. At the Law Offices of Corrie A. Boulay our experienced legal team will handle all court filings and compliance issues, allowing your family to focus on the joy of adding a new child.

Stepparent Adoptions

Before a stepparent can adopt a child the non-custodial biological parent must agree to a termination of parental rights. Terminating parental rights also terminates all parental obligations, including the obligation to provide child support. If a biological parent will not agree to a termination of parental rights our attorneys can advise and assist you with moving the adoption forward over his or her objection. After a successful adoption, the stepparent is now the legal parent of child. He or she takes on the same rights and obligations a biological parent would have, including the obligation to provide child support if the marriage ends in divorce.

Representing Birth Mothers

Birth mothers who have their children adopted via agency or private adoption have a right to legal representation. Our lawyers are experienced in protecting the interests of birth mothers in adoption proceedings.

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We offer a free consultation to discuss your family law issue. To talk with a family lawyer by phone or at our offices, call 410-964-9622 for our Columbia office or 410-268-2448 for our Annapolis, Maryland office, or fill out our contact form.

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What Our Clients Are Saying About Us

Sarah Hemmer
Sarah Hemmer
19:27 22 May 18
I worked with Alicia and she was always quick, attentive and clear in her communication. I have also consulted with her on going and she continues to provide the same service for additional family matters.
Nii Oryee
Nii Oryee
21:01 01 May 18
My experience with the Law Offices of Corrie Boulay was excellent. I am a non-US citizen faced with an extremely complex case in Maryland Courts. Ms. Corrie Boulay and Ms. Alicia Smollon and their team delivered fantastic service for me with excellent outcomes on two different occasions.They were very compassionate, responsive to my case and their fees were very reasonable. First-class Law Firm, excellent, skilled and compassionate lawyering.I was very lucky to have them representing me.Dr. J.ACanada
Deborah Marshall
Deborah Marshall
13:42 29 Dec 17
Alicia was a delight to work with and helped us through every step of the adoption process. Would highly recommend!
Pat Mitchell
Pat Mitchell
19:01 27 Dec 17
If it wasn’t bad enough to have to hire a divorce lawyer, the Law Offices of Corrie A. Boulay, LLC, came to my rescue. I was, and still am, very impressed with my attorney, Alicia Smollon. Her skills and knowledge regarding the handling of my divorce was extraordinaire. She’s attentive, professional and has a way of making you feel more at ease when discussing sensitive issues. She has been responsive to my emails, as well as all my concerns.
Caryn K
Caryn K
21:13 26 Dec 17
Alicia Smollon did a great job helping us with adoption finalization. She was sensitive to our need to complete the process within a certain timeline, and everything went smoothly.
Erica Dellinger
Erica Dellinger
21:28 18 Dec 17
love themThey are very family friendly and will do everything to ensure you are treated fairly and respectfully.
Christine Wilson
Christine Wilson
16:36 06 Sep 17
This is the second time I have used this Law Firm and both experiences were great! Very knowledgeable about Family Law and very professional during negotiations. This is the kind of firm you want to represent you!
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