Blended and multigenerational households are becoming increasingly more common in the 21st Century. It is also becoming increasingly popular for family members in these households to formalize the parent-child relationship through adoption. Adopting gives you the lawful ability to make decisions on behalf of the adoptee minor child regarding medical care, school, religion and other important life issues. I have represented dozens of clients through the intrafamily adoption process and it has proved to be the most rewarding part of my career.

The process for adopting a minor who is already in your family is designed to remove many formalities and, typically, no pre-replacement or post-replacement investigation is needed. That said, Alabama law is very specific about the information that must be included in a familial adoption petition and each county’s local rules must be accounted for as well. The process can be overwhelming, but having an attorney to guide you can help to remove much of the stress.


Bradley Byrne is an Associate Attorney in Humble Law’s Birmingham office. He represents prospective adoptive parents and employees whose rights have been violated. He can be reached via email at or by phone at 205.358.3100.

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