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Adoption

Adopting a child is the biggest decision a couple or individual can make. Whether you are an individual, married, or domestic partners, I help you work through the legal issues that are involved. At The Law Office of Barbara J. Baird, I offer years of legal experience helping people who are seeking adoption. I can answer your questions and lead you through the often complicated process of adoption.

I have a multi-practice law firm that is proud to represent people who are interested in domestic adoption services, and finalizing international adoptions. I have earned a reputation as a leading adoption attorney for the lesbian and gay (LGBTQ) community in Indianapolis, and throughout central Indiana.

Many couples who were unable to have families are now able to experience the joy of parenting through various forms of assisted reproduction. I have represented egg donors, sperm donors and recipients in drafting the appropriate agreements for each situation. In each case I strive to assure that legal documents are in place to secure the rights of the intended parents and child. Once the child is born, I can assist with adoption proceedings, if necessary, to secure the rights of both parents and their child.

With years of experience assisting the lesbian and gay (LGBT) community in Indianapolis and throughout central Indiana, I am versed in the unique legal needs of same-sex couples, and help them with important documentation for creating and protecting their new families, such as donor insemination agreements, co-parenting agreements, guardianships and adoption proceedings.

If you are considering adopting a baby or young child, you will need an experienced legal professional in your corner. I want to help you fulfill your dream.

CHILD AND BABY ADOPTION SERVICES

ASSISTED REPRODUCTION

Many couples who were unable to have families are now able to experience the joy of parenting through various forms of assisted reproduction. I have represented egg donors, sperm donors and recipients in drafting the appropriate agreements for each situation.

In each case I strive to assure that legal documents are in place to secure the rights of the intended parents and child. Once the child is born, I can assist with adoption proceedings, if necessary, to secure the rights of both parents and their child.

LGBT ADOPTION

I have earned a reputation as a leading adoption attorney's office for the lesbian and gay (LGBT) community in Indianapolis, and throughout central Indiana.

I am versed in the unique legal needs of same-sex couples, and help them with important documentation for creating and protecting their new families, such as donor insemination agreements, co-parenting agreements, guardianships and adoption proceedings.

Contact the child adoption lawyer's office of Barbara J. Baird. I want to help you fulfill your dream.

LGBT ADOPTION TAX CREDIT

Many potential adoptive parents find that adopting a child puts a big strain on family finances. While same-sex couples are excluded from many tax benefits, there is one instance that they qualify for tax breaks while opposite-sex married couples don't - if they adopt a partner's child.

The Federal Adoption Tax Credit became permanent in 2013, allowing for a maximum adoption tax credit of $12,970. The tax credit is non-refundable, meaning that only those who owe taxes are allowed to claim it. It is based on modified adjusted gross income, and is recalculated each year.

WHO QUALIFIES?

A second-parent adoption allows a same-sex partner to adopt his or her partner's biological or adopted child without terminating the first parent's legal status, and Federal Adoption Tax Credit grants qualifying taxpayers up to $12,650 per child for certain expenses, which include legal fees, court costs, and the charges associated with a home study.

Opposite sex couples who are married can claim the federal tax credit when they adopt a child together, but they don't qualify when one spouse adopts the child of his or her spouse. But same-sex couples in Indiana can qualify for the Adoption Tax Credit for the expenses of their second parent adoption as long as they have not married in another state. However, now that the IRS is recognizing same-sex marriages, same-sex married couples will no longer be able to qualify for the adoption tax credit when adopting their partnerÕs/spouseÕs child, even though Indiana does not currently recognize their same-sex marriage.

WHAT EXPENSES QUALIFY?

Qualifying adoption expenses include reasonable and customary adoption fees accrued in a domestic, international, or foster care adoption. Surrogacy or stepparent adoptions (i.e., adoption of a legal spouse's child) do not qualify for the credit. If you live in a state that offers an adoption tax credit, you may receive credit for additional expenses as well; however, Indiana is one of seven states that offer no state income tax relief for adoption. If you have questions regarding adoption tax credits and whether or not you qualify, Indiana Adoption Tax Credit Attorney Barbara J. Baird can offer guidance.

CHILD AND BABY ADOPTION SERVICES

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