Last week, we shared a financial mistake to avoid when trying to adopt: hiring the cheapest attorney. Today, we have another financial tip for you. Make sure that you do not:
- Cut Corners Legally
Sometimes dealing with the legal requirements of adoption situations makes finding an easier alternative seem attractive. Whether dealing with birth father rights, required psychological exams, or honoring laws regarding birth mother expenses, all can be complicated and slow down the process, all while driving the costs up! “No one will ever know” is not solid justification for falsifying documents or not telling the whole truth. One adoptive family even agreed to have the adoptive father’s name put on the birth certificate to make it easier to adopt. Later, when the birth mother changed her mind, it was easy for her to claim child support because he had signed the document. Bottom Line: Honesty is always the best policy, along with playing by the rules.
Stay tuned next week for part 3 of Lifetime Adoption Center’s three-part series on financial mistakes to avoid when adopting.