ADOPTION 101-A Primer:

What are the different types of Adoption?
  • Direct placement
  • Relative
  • Adult and Incompetency
  • Stepparent
  • International/Foreign/Readoption
  • Agency
  • (ICPC) Interstate

(including same-sex couples if validly married; ICWA matters)

  • Termination of Parental Rights (to clear the path to Adoption)

Ashley Michael is one of few attorneys in Eastern North Carolina who has significant experience in Artificial Reproduction Technology (ART) Litigation, Prebirth Orders, Name changes, and Gestational Carrier/Surrogacy Agreements.

Working with an Attorney during Adoption

Not all Family law attorneys provide Adoption services. It is important to locate an attorney knowledgeable and skilled in North Carolina’s Adoption laws to assist you during this exciting and sensitive time in your family’s journey.

Ashley has built strong and consistent relationships with local courts, hospitals, Department of Social Services-Adoption and CPS divisions, and medical providers in New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick and Onslow counties. Families in the adoption process should expect a prepared, experienced attorney and effective communication in order to meet the goals of a successful adoption and physical transfer of the adoptee. If you have questions about adoption services, please give Ashley a call at (910) 815-0085.

Ashley Michael is a Board Certified Specialist in the area of Family Law. She is 1 of 3 practicing attorneys in New Hanover County to hold this distinction and 1 of 254* family law specialists state-wide, out of more than 20,000 licensed attorneys in North Carolina. (*data as of February 2018)