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Kansas City Step Parent Adoption Lawyer

Adding To Your Family

Adopting a child is an emotional and exciting event, but there are a lot of legal issues involved, too. If you are planning to adopt, you need a lawyer who knows the state laws and courts. You need a lawyer who will work hard to represent you.

The family law attorneys of Larry Swall of Gates Shields Ferguson Swall Hammond P.A., have the experience you need if you are adopting. Please call our Liberty, Missouri, office at 866-554-4664 for a free consultation. We serve clients from the Kansas City area.

Types of Adoption

While we do not handle agency adoptions, we do handle several other types of adoption. We can help you with stepparent adoptions — when a stepparent wishes to establish legal rights to a child. Private, third-party adoptions are generally handled by attorneys. This type of adoption is for unrelated third parties adopting a child whose biological parents have given up their rights.

Same-sex couples who wish to adopt may face different legal issues than heterosexual couples. It's important to work with a lawyer who understands the nuances of Kansas and Missouri law regarding domestic partnerships, child custody and adoption. We understand what you are facing and can help.

Minor Guardianship

A minor guardianship may be obtained when a third party — usually a relative or friend of the family — must raise a child. A guardian makes decisions for a minor child who cannot make decisions for him or herself, including:

  • Education
  • Consent for medical care
  • The purchase of necessities
  • Financial management

Find Out How We Can Help

If you are planning to adopt or need to establish a minor guardianship, please call us at 866-554-4664 or send us an e-mail.

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Firm Location

Larry Swall
Gates Shields Ferguson Swall Hammond P.A.

113 Blue Jay Drive
Suite 100
Liberty, Missouri 64068
Map & Directions

Phone: 913-416-9263  
Phone: 816-479-4491 
Toll Free: 866-554-4664
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Awards and Accolades

Larry Swall
2009 Roger Krumm Family Law Practitioner of the Year

2009 Missouri Bar Association President’s Award

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