If you’re interested in learning more about the adoption process in Arizona, or finding help on your way through it, our lawyers at ARTEMiS Law Firm can help. While we give a brief overview of the process below, there are many nuances to Arizona adoption laws, so please call our attorneys to discuss your particular situation. ARTEMiS Law Firm also proudly represents LGBTQ+ families in adoption proceedings.
Arizona adoption process
The adoption process can be either contested or uncontested. A contested adoption proceeding involves severing a parent’s rights as it relates to his or her child. Once a parent’s rights are severed, then that child is adoptable.
The adoption process can be lengthy, depending on the circumstances. Once an adoption petition is filed, it typically takes approximately 60 days for the final adoption in court to take place if the child has been living with the adoptive parents for at least one year. If the child has not lived with the adoptive parents for at least one year, then it will typically take approximately six months for the final adoption in court to occur.