AR Adoption Lawyer

So you are thinking of adopting? Congratulations! Adding a new member to your family is a big step. When it comes to the adoption process, you want a family attorney who is familiar with the different aspects of adoption and who can provide you with legal guidance and support every step of the way. At AR Law Group, our family law attorneys understand the adoption process. Adding to your family through adoption can be a blessing and a challenge, but with the help of an adoption attorney, the process can go much more smoothly and effectively. We strive to make the adoption process go efficiently so your memories focus on the joyous day when your son or daughter legally becomes a part of your family.

Pakistan is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption 1993 and adopting a child in Pakistan is a long, difficult, and legally-complex process. Observably, the Guardians and Wards Act 1890 governs the rights and interests of minors in Pakistan. Moreover, Pakistani law and Islamic Sharia law, upon which Pakistani family law is based, does not allow for adoptions of Pakistani children in Pakistan. Adoption is not a valid mode of filiation in Islamic law. According to Pakistan’s laws, prospective adoptive parents who are non-Muslim may not be appointed guardians of Muslim children and non-Christians may not be appointed guardians of Christian children.

Children abandoned at an Islamic orphanage are deemed Muslim unless there is evidence to the contrary. In general, adoptions are a community matter in Pakistan and the country has no express statute which provides for the adoption of children. People often opt for informal adoptions according to their faith, outside the family courts. However, such informal adoptions do not meet the requirements in Western countries for granting an immigration visa to an adopted child. Prospective adoptive parents must therefore comply with their own national immigration law and applicable provisions of the colonial Guardians and Wards Act 1890 in Pakistan. Not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable and many are in an orphanage only temporarily owing to financial or other hardship. The biological parents of such children would not have consented to their child’s adoption.

Contact a AR Adoption Lawyer Today

At AR Law Group, we have a team of adoption law attorneys who offer compassionate, personalized representation throughout the process. Our attorneys will help you determine which kind of adoption is the best for your situation and will assist you every step of the way from drafting the petition for adoption to handling all the court filing. We have experience in international adoptions, which require special attention to ensure the adoption is legally processed and completed.