Award-Winning Adoption Attorneys in Waverly, IA Guide Families Through the Process

Family law attorneys serving Waterloo & Waverly

Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. is a reputable law firm with experienced attorneys who take the time to fully understand your goals when we take on your family law case. We provide compassionate legal representation at each stage of your adoption proceedings. With offices in Waverly and Waterloo, we provide comprehensive legal services for families in the greater Waterloo community.

Adoptions in Iowa

Adopting a child into your family should be a joyful time. We help ease the process by taking care of the details and guiding your through the legal system. Adoptions must be approved by a court for the child to officially become a legal member of your family. Each state handles adoptions a little differently. The basic rules for adopting a child in Iowa are:

  • An unmarried person may adopt if other requirements are met.
  • The child must have lived with you for at least 180 days.
  • You must have lived in Iowa for at least six months.
  • You must have the physical and mental ability to care for the child.
  • Adoptive parents must be financially stable.
  • Adoptive parents must agree to a background check that includes:
    • marriage and divorce history
    • criminal background check
    • home visits to evaluate members of the household and the home itself

Our adoption and divorce lawyers are intimately familiar with the nuances of Iowa adoption law and can explain the process to you in more detail based on your specific circumstances.

Stepparent adoptions

Stepparent adoptions are the most frequent type of adoption in Iowa. Stepparent roles vary from family to family, but a stepparent who adopts agrees to be completely responsible for the child until the child reaches adulthood.

Like traditional adoption, stepparent adoptions require terminating the parental rights of the uninvolved parent. After the stepparent adoption is complete, the uninvolved parent has no more rights or responsibilities for the child, including child support or visitation.

Our qualified adoption and divorce law firm can provide greater detail about stepparent adoptions when we meet with you.

How long does the adoption process take?

Since every adoption case is unique, there is no set schedule. An experienced adoption attorney can review your individual circumstances and help you understand how long your adoption case may take.

Call to arrange a meeting with an outstanding Iowa lawyer

The seasoned, award-winning professionals at Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. can assist you in completing the legal requirements for adoption. Serving the Waterloo and Waverly area for more than 60 years, we provide compassionate, client-focused legal counsel.


Waterloo, IA Child Custody Attorneys Fight for Your Children’s Best Interests

Helping with family law matters in Waterloo and Waverly

At Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C., we dependably serve the greater Waterloo community’s child custody needs. We work through mediation to avoid lengthy court battles when possible, but if a trial is necessary, we bring years of experience to the table to fight on your behalf. We understand your problems and partner with you in your legal challenges.

How do Iowa courts decide who gets custody?

Courts in Iowa follow a legal standard that puts the child’s best interests at the top of the priority list in custody issues. The court in your case considers many factors in evaluating your situation to decide what is in your child’s best interests, including:

  • The child’s age, sex, mental and physical health
  • The parents’ mental and physical health
  • The parents’ lifestyle and other social factors, including any history of child abuse
  • The emotional bond between parent and child and the parents’ ability to give the child guidance
  • The parents’ ability to provide the child with food, shelter, clothing and medical care
  • The child’s established living pattern (school, home, community, religious institution)
  • The quality of the child’s education in the current situation
  • The effect on the child of changing the status quo
  • The child’s preference, if the child is mature enough to formulate and articulate an opinion (normally around age 12)

Custody battles can be contentious and emotionally draining. Enlisting the guidance of practiced Waterloo divorce lawyers can radically reduce your stress and anxiety and give you confidence in the outcome.

Parental rights and visitation in Iowa

Parents have a right to enjoy a significant bond with their children, whether they stay together or get divorced. Children need love and devotion from both parents. As skilled divorce attorneys, we understand that the goal of visitation is to nurture and support healthy parent-child relationships.

Unless a parent’s rights have been restricted or terminated for cause, Iowa parents should enjoy the following rights:

  • The right to receive information from the other parent concerning the health, education and welfare of the child
  • The right to communicate with the other parent to the extent possible before making a decision concerning the health, education and welfare of the child
  • The right of access to medical, dental, psychological and educational records of the child
  • The right to consult with a physician, dentist or psychologist of the child
  • The right to consult with school officials concerning the child’s welfare and educational status, including school activities
  • The right to attend school activities
  • The right to be designated on the child’s records as a person to be notified in case of an emergency
  • The right to consent to medical, dental and surgical treatment during an emergency involving an immediate danger to the health and safety of the child
  • The right to manage the estate of the child to the extent that the estate has been created by the parent or the parent’s family
  • The right to be informed by the other parent in a timely manner of significant information concerning the health, education and welfare of the child

Call award-winning family law attorneys for reliable advice

Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C., provides compassionate representation for families in legal disputes. Serving the Waterloo and Waverly area for more than 60 years, we deliver results with unwavering integrity and professionalism.


Waterloo, Iowa Family Law Attorneys Deliver Effective Guidance Through Family Crises

Helping families since 1951

The attorneys at Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. understand that divorce and custody disputes can wear you down mentally, physically and financially. We offer flexible terms and personalized service to help you through difficult family issues. With offices in Waverly and Waterloo, our firm is ready to help you. We discuss your situation, explain your options and recommend actions to achieve your goals. You can rely on Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. to be with you each step of the way.

Full-service family law firm

Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. provides comprehensive legal representation for any family law matter, including:

  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Postnuptial agreement
  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Child custody
  • Adoptions
  • Property divisions
  • Child support
  • Alimony or spousal support
  • Taking the sting out of divorce

Watching your family coming apart is no walk in the park. Besides feelings of rejection, anger and fear, you have to deal with the legalities of getting divorced and dividing your children, property and debts. Our team of compassionate professionals represents you aggressively to protect your best interests when you are low on the strength you need to fight for yourself and your children. Our Iowa divorce lawyers are prepared to see you through to the end of the legal battles so you and your children can get a fresh start in life.

Handling your child custody and child support litigation needs

Child custody and support cases are often the most bitter of all family law cases. Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. has handled numerous custody battles and child and spousal support cases since the firm was founded in 1951. We never forget that there are children involved, and our divorce attorneys carefully advise you on the most beneficial paths to resolution for you and your children.

Using litigation alternatives when possible

Thomas W. Langlas is a trained and experienced family law mediator who helps families reach peaceful outcomes through mediation. Mr. Langlas is a lifelong resident of Waterloo, Iowa. He commenced practicing law in 1967 and has the practical experience to turn difficult situations into amicable resolutions. Whether your adoption is stalled by a birth parent’s demands or your ex is trying to take the children, if the parties are willing to mediate, Tom Langlas helps them find a compromise.

Call award-winning family law attorneys for reliable advice

Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. provides aggressive advocacy when you and your children need it most. We’ve served the Waterloo, Waterloo and Waverly area for more than 60 years with integrity and professionalism.