Friday, September 10, 2004

Legal Parentage

It's hard to believe, but we are officially, legally Kevin's parents. The final adoption decree was signed by the Guatemalan court and picked up by our lawyer yesterday. According to Guatemalan and US law, we are Kevin's parents! That's pretty heavy stuff. And pretty weird considering that we've never met the child.

It will take up to 2 weeks for the attorney to gather up all of the papers (new birth certificate, passport, etc.) that need to be submitted to the US Embassy in Guatemala City so that we can go there and get Kevin's visa. It is likely that we'll travel the weekend of Sept 25th and stay for a few days, probably going to the Embassy early that week. We found out yesterday that we can go to Guatemala before Embassy Day and have Kevin with us. We just can't leave the country because he won't have traveling papers. We won't go so early that we use up much of our vacation time because we'd like to use as much of that at home as possible. That way the 3 of us will be together as long as possible fitting into our new routine.

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