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Conflict between adoptive parents and birth parents is possible

Adopting a child is an invaluable option for individuals who want to be parents. You may have been overjoyed when you received your adoption approval, and your heart was undoubtedly already full of love for your child. Of course, you may have had some concerns about what role, if any, the biological parents would play in your child's life.

These days, the majority of adoptions are open adoptions, meaning that the child and his or her biological parents can still remain in contact. You went this route as you thought it best for your child and, possibly, the biological parents as well.

What if things do not go well?

Though you love your adopted child, you do not have any obligation to love or feel any type of fondness or connection to his or her biological parents. They do not have that obligation toward you either. As a result, the chance exists that you and the biological parents may not get along well, and that could cause issues down the road

Conflict could even arise during certain parts of the year. For example, you may feel excited about starting holiday traditions with your child, but do you want the biological parents to play a part or even see the child at that time? Compromise is certainly an option, but at times, you may feel uncomfortable having to make accommodations for people who are not members of your immediate family.

Setting boundaries

Though you may feel comfortable with the idea of an open adoption and the birth parents remaining in contact, boundaries are still important. You may not want the child to spend time alone with the birth parents for any number of reasons. You may also have concerns about whether the biological grandparents will want to see the child. Setting up boundaries from the start could prevent conflict later.

Still, try as you might, issues with biological parents could arise. They may overstep their bounds, cause unnecessary conflict or do something that you consider harmful to the child. As a result, you may need to rethink the relationship. In some cases, legal help is necessary to ensure that adoption issues are handled properly. It may be in your and your child's best interests to discuss any concerns with an experienced Florida attorney should the need arise.

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