Stepparent adoption is usually straightforward when there is only one biological parent, such as when a child was conceived through anonymous sperm donation or one biological parent has died, or where one biological parent voluntarily relinquishes his or her parental rights. We help these families formalize their family relationships through adoption by helping them through the process from Petition to Decree.
Adoption For Same-Sex Couples
Whether a same-sex couple is looking to adopt a child together, one spouse is interested in adopting the other spouse’s child, or they just want to formalize and legalize the family relationship they’ve always had, there are legal steps that can be taken to protect the parental rights of both parents and the rights of children to care, support and inheritance from two loving parents. I help legalize the parental relationship of both parents to ensure legal recognition of the right of both parents to provide care and make important decisions for their child. If you are interested in adopting your spouse’s child or children, if you and your spouse are interested in adopting a child or formalizing your relationship to the children you are already raising together, or if you and your same-sex spouse just want to make sure all your bases are covered, I can help. We take pride in helping our clients and their children gain legal recognition of their relationships, and in helping the family under your roof become a family under the law.