Knox Adoption Lawyers
There is not one version of a “perfect” family. At Nichols & Wallsmith, we will help you build the family that is right for you.
Located in Knox, our firm has been serving families throughout Northwest Indiana and Michiana* for more than 120 years.
Helping New Families Come Together
At Nichols & Wallsmith, we help our clients create their version of a happy family. Our lawyers facilitate private and stepparent adoptions throughout the region.
Stepparents often build close ties with their stepchildren. In many cases, stepparents choose to adopt their spouses’ children and solidify their bonds as parent and child. When one parent is deceased or agrees to relinquish his or her parental rights, stepparent adoption is a fairly smooth process. However, if a child’s other parent does not consent to the adoption, it may be necessary to terminate his or her parental rights.
At Nichols & Wallsmith, our lawyers will stand by your side during every step of the adoption process. Together, we will help you gain parental rights over the child you love.
Starke County Guardianship Attorneys
If parents are unwilling or unable to raise their children, or have been deemed unfit, and a child has been legally determined to be a “child in need of services” (CHINS), other responsible adults — such as grandparents, aunts and uncles and family friends — often step up to care for minor children.
Though these adults have stepped into the shoes of the parent, until legal guardianship has been established, they lack the right to make decisions regarding the health, education, religion and general welfare of the child in their care.
At Nichols & Wallsmith, we help clients obtain guardianships. Our lawyers work with clients to draft petitions for guardianship and represent them during guardianship hearings. Together, we will help you get the legal rights you need to properly care for the children you love.
For help with adoption or guardianship, contact Nichols & Wallsmith today. Call our law office at 574-207-4090 or 866-218-9110 to speak with an experienced Knox adoption attorney in a free consultation.
*The attorneys at Nichols & Wallsmith are only licensed in Indiana.