Appellate Decision Won

April 14, 2020

In most cases, building a family through adoption is a joyous and heart warming time. Some adoption cases, however, are more difficult than others. In January 2008, Cohen Garelick & Glazier won a favorable decision in the Court of Appeals of Indiana on behalf of adoptive parents facing a contested adoption. This decision was upheld by the Indiana and United States Supreme Courts. The final decision came almost two years after the original petition to adopt was filed. Working in the best interest of the child, our attorneys shepherded the adoptive parents through the intricate maze of a contested adoption. Department of Child Services, the CHINS (child in need of services) process, DNA testing, grandparents’ rights and the parenting capacity of the biological mother and father were relevant in all stages of the case. As the case progressed and the adoptive family’s fate landed in the hands of an appellate court, it was Cohen Garelick & Glazier’s superior knowledge of the Indiana Code, probate court rulings and precedent-setting case law that worked in the best interest of the child and the adoptive family. Once the appellate decision was rendered, the adoption was allowed to move forward to a successful completion. Whether an adoption is simple or complex, our adoption attorneys recognize that finalizing a parent-child union is a priceless event. For adoptive parents, it is reassuring to know that Cohen Garelick & Glazier attorneys are prepared to handle any adoption whether it is simple or contentious. Further, the firm’s experience to navigate every level of the court system extends beyond adoption law. The attorneys at Cohen Garelick & Glazier provide services in 19 different practice areas, and every practice group is prepared to serve clients from local to federal courts.