The decision to adopt a child is very significant. It will change your family forever. At Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, we understand the importance of an adoption for your family, so we work diligently to help make sure that everything runs smoothly. We serve families in St. Joseph, Liberty, Maryville and surrounding areas throughout Missouri and Kansas.
Our family law attorneys have 60 years of combined experience, so we know how to handle adoption cases effectively. At Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, each case is assigned a lawyer and a paralegal. This helps to reduce costs for you, because paralegals bill less per hour, and also makes it easier for you to check the progress of your case with a staff member who knows the details. This is all part of our effort to offer you personal attention and exceptional service.
Most of the adoptions we handle are stepparent or stepchild adoptions. We have handled hundreds of these cases and maintain an in-depth knowledge of Missouri adoption law. Because one of our partners also teaches family law at Missouri Western State University, our knowledge is not only current, but also exceptionally thorough. This allows us to handle any adoption case with compassion and efficiency — including contested adoptions.
Contested adoptions occur when a party (often one of the natural parents) wants to terminate a natural parent’s rights because he or she has abandoned or neglected a child, but that parent wants to maintain his or her rights. Most commonly, this occurs when a parent has served time in prison or otherwise becomes estranged from his or her family. These cases can become enormously complicated and often involve litigation, but we have the skills and resources to handle them effectively. We have successfully represented both sides of such cases.
When you need a caring, highly qualified Missouri adoption lawyer, the legal team at Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, is at your service. To schedule your consultation, please contact us online, or at our St. Joseph location by calling 816-387-8200; our Liberty location by calling 816-792-5100; our Columbia location by calling 573-442-6633; or call us toll free at 888-345-4LAW (4529).