We get asked this question, it seems like, every day. In short the anwser is NO. The counter-party is the The Cherokee Tribe, a sovereign entity. It is like being sued by another country. And, they have unlimited resources. At times it feels rather daunting.
Our lawyers have over 400 hours in this case. If you are reading this and have ever hired lawyers you can do the math, and we expect the appeals process will at least double this amount. It is not financially feasible for us to consider adopting another child until this matter is resolved.
I will say this – while the amount of money we have spent is, frankly, outrageous, it does not compare to the emotional trauma and stress that our family has endured, especially Alicia. Having to go thru each and every day with this cloud of uncertainity hanging over you is something that no loving, caring adoptive couple should ever have to go thru. I would be misleading you if I did not say that there are some really, really tough days. And, without the support of Alex and Will as well as the rest of our incredible family and friends this would be impossible.
Through all of this what I marvel at is what an incredible mother Alicia is. She makes all of Ashlyn’s food from organic ingredients. She would rather spend the evening with her than go out to dinner for business which she is occassionally asked to do. She is an amazing woman.
So, while we will never be able to recover legal fees (as financially painful as it is) in the end it does not matter and is worth every penny.