The Adoption Is Final…Is there More To It?

 

Many people wait to become parents until they are financially stable and ready to commit to the joys of parenting. Some people become parents through the joy of adoption, whether that be an independent adoption or a step-parent adoption.

In South Dakota, an independent adoption is when a birth parent places a child directly with prospective adoptive parents. A step-parent adoption is when a step-parent petitions the court for adoption of his or her spouse's child (current spouse of step-parent) from a former marriage or relationship.

As a family grows, it is important to plan for unforeseen circumstances. A well-crafted estate plan is important to ensure that all children are cared for into the future.

Do you have a trust or a will that needs to be amended as your family grows? Have your bank account beneficiaries been updated? What about life insurance? Have you planned who will be the guardian of your children? Did you discuss with your guardian how you want the child’s adoption story shared with him or her? Maybe you want to include a letter to your child about how your family was formed.

The list can seem endless, but it does not have to be overwhelming. Our estate planning experts can help identify documents that need to be updated, the proper way to title accounts, and provide information for future planning. Don’t let the burden of life’s details lessen your joy of parenting or creating the family of your dreams.

Swier Law Firm has an active adoption practice and provides representation for both South Dakota and out-of-state adoptions. Our law firm represents clients with the following adoption issues:

  • South Dakota Adoptions
  • Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
  • Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)
  • Open Adoptions
  • Adoption Subsidy Benefits
Brooke Swier Schloss
Estate Planning & Family Law Attorney