When same sex marriage in Oklahoma became legal in 2014 so in turn did same sex adoptions, paving the way for couples like this to adopt. Though still a relatively new practice in Oklahoma, the Tulsa family law firm of Fry & Elder is well versed in Oklahoma same sex adoption practices and has the answers to some frequently asked questions about same sex adoption, which has been gaining traction in Oklahoma and elsewhere.
What are the laws in place regarding Oklahoma same sex adoption?
- Oklahoma joint adoption laws permit and allow for same sex couples to petition to adopt.
- Oklahoma laws also allow for single LGBT individuals to petition to adopt.
- Oklahoma state law additionally allows a same-sex partner to petition to adopt their partner’s child or child of the relationship.
How long does it take for a same sex couple in Oklahoma to adopt?
It’s difficult to give a specific answer due to the fact that each adoption case is different. Those same sex couples that wish to adopt must go through the proper channels just like a traditional couple, meaning they must go and participate in multiple interviews and fill out necessary paperwork and questionnaires before they officially become licensed to adopt. The number of factors that go into any adoption are numerous. Some couples might need to take pre-adoption classes and there is no specific timeline on when the right adoption match might occur.
Do same sex couples experience bias during the process that traditional couples do not?
While it is understandable that some same sex couples might perceive this to be true, it really is not the case. In fact, there has been a recent trend that same sex couples might enjoy a greater advantage in the process because more birthparents are now opting to place their children with same sex couples.
What are some other things to be aware of in regards to Oklahoma same sex adoption?
Same sex couple adoption in Oklahoma is a relatively new practice so it is not without controversy, but it is becoming a more and more common occurrence throughout the United States and is gaining acceptance. Though there are adoption non-discrimination laws in place to protect same sex couples and LGBT people from discrimination by agencies and officials, if you are interested in pursuing a same sex adoption in Oklahoma, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a highly-regarded and experienced Oklahoma adoption attorney.
Why experience the Fry & Elder difference?
The Fry & Elder name has long been iconic and synonymous with all realms of Oklahoma family law. The highly-reputable news organization U.S. News & World Report has named the firm to its exclusive Best Law Firms list from 2014-2016.
Luke Barteaux, who has been selected as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star, focuses much of his practice on Oklahoma adoptions and guardianships. M. Shane Henry and Aaron D. Bundy also have been named as SuperLawyers® Rising Stars™, while Robert G “Hap” Fry Jr., has been named by Best Lawyers® as the 2016 Lawyer of the Year for Family Law in Tulsa. Additionally, Fry, Henry, Bundy and James R. Elder have garnered the prestigious AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®.
Fry & Elder’s Lorena Rivas has established herself as an authority figure on Oklahoma immigration law, while Kristen Bernhardt has been very successful in both jury and bench trials, once winning a settlement in excess of $10 million from Coca-Cola. Firm attorney Katie Egan is licensed to practice in Connecticut and New York in addition to Oklahoma, and Melissa Fell emphasizes “Counselor” into her practice. Collectively, the attorneys at Fry & Elder make up one of the most decorated staffs in Oklahoma. Contact Fry & Elder today to consult with an elite Oklahoma trial lawyer.