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Adoption Attorneys in Murrieta

Guiding San Diego Residents through Life’s Big Moments

Life is full of important decisions. The decision to adopt a child is among the most important life choices you could ever make. Our adoption attorneys, Michelle Penna and Laurie Coker, can guide you through the adoption process with kindness and compassion. At Penna Coker, we focus exclusively on the practice of family law to help families achieve their goals and dreams.

If adoption is a part of your future plans, call our experienced family attorneys today at (951) 900-3342. We serve clients in Murrieta, Menifee, Temecula, San Diego, Riverside, Lake Elsinore, and the surrounding areas.

How Does Adoption Work in California?

An adoption may be a step-parent adoption, which may involve a non-genetic father and/or mother, or an independent adoption, which may involve a non-relative or a relative but not necessarily a step-parent. In either type of adoption, an investigation through the county occurs. If the biological parent(s) consents, the process is much easier. If they do not consent, then a parental rights termination hearing is set. If the biological parents are indigent, they are appointed an attorney to represent them. Children 12 years and older may give their consent, which will be given weight by the court in the proceeding.

With respect to an independent adoption, if the parental rights of the biological parents are terminated, a second investigation occurs through the State of California Health and Human Services Agency. A follow-up report is generated after the parental rights are terminated, even in a step-parent adoption. Once those final reports are completed, a request to set an Adoption Hearing is filed to obtain the final adoption orders. If contested, adoptions can be a lengthy process.

Experience Is the Difference

Our Murrieta adoption attorneys have dedicated their practice exclusively to the area of family law because we understand that there is no substitute for hands-on experience. We are professional and compassionate, yet aggressive when necessary. Contact Penna Coker for help navigating the legal complexities of adoption.

For compassionate and dedicated legal representation in cases of adoption or other family matters, call (951) 900-3342 or contact us online.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

When We Make the Case for Our Clients, They Make the Case For Us
  • “Michelle will help put you at ease while you go through whatever situation you are dealing with.”

    Kiley P.

  • “Our family is whole again and a big thanks to Laurie Coker who did a top notch job representing our rights and our sons.”

    McAdams Family

  • “Michelle and her staff made the situation very easy to deal with and gave me great advise.”

    Patti

  • “Michelle is a great combination of expert family law advice, representation and cost-effectiveness.”

    Darrin O.

  • “ I could not have gone through this ordeal without Michelle and her team! ”

    Lisa

  • “Everyone who works at her firm is top notch and very professional.”

    Ghost C.

  • “I always feel good going into court at anytime with Mrs. Penna and her team on my side!”

    Steve

  • “She is a strong woman and has a powerful presence and is not afraid of anything that is thrown her way. We definitely recommend the Penna firm.”

    Lizzy L.

  • “She is genuine and very unique in a profession that is missing many of those attributes.”

    Ron

  • “Michelle has been representing me for some time now and has always giving me the attention and my case the expertise required for favorable and fair results”

    Steve

  • “I am greatly indebted and appreciate the service that she and her team provided to me and would strongly recommend her and her team to anyone who needs a fantastic Family Law firm.”

    Donald D.

  • “Michelle is a great combination of expert family law advice, representation and cost effectiveness.”

    Darrin

  • “I would recommend her to anyone that is looking to hire a family law attorney!”

    Caryn

  • “I always recommend Michelle when someone needs a family law attorney !! SHE IS THE BEST!”

    Patti J.

  • “She truly is in the game for the best interest of the family.”

    Lyanne F.

OUR VALUES

How We Fight for Your Family
  • Over 34 Years of Experience Exclusively in Family Law

  • Free Consultations Directly with an Actual Partner at the Firm

  • Compassionate & Dedicated Legal Representation

  • Strong Reviews, Online Reputation & Recognitions

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