Navigating The Complexities Of A Second-Parent Adoption
A second-parent adoption allows a partner in a same-sex relationship to legally adopt his or her partner’s biological or adoptive child without affecting the biological parent’s status as a legal parent. The child may have been conceived in a previous relationship or through in-vitro fertilization.
Second-parent adoption is a good idea even if a gay or lesbian couple is married. It confirms a legal relationship between the nonbiological parent and the child in a manner similar to a stepparent adoption. This is important in order to preserve the nonbiological parent’s legal rights if a medical emergency leaves the biological parent incapacitated or if a same-sex marriage ends and there is a custody dispute.
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Experienced Legal Counsel In A Client-Friendly Environment
I am family law attorney Rebecca J. Talmud. I assist same-sex couples with second-parent adoptions, helping them understand state and federal laws. The process frequently involves terminating the parental rights of a former spouse or partner, or terminating the parental rights of a known sperm donor.
I welcome the opportunity to work members of the LGBT community throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region from my office in Williamsville, New York. I understand the importance of bringing your family together legally. I can answer your questions and provide a strategy for the next steps during a free consultation. Call 716-250-9302 or use my online contact form to schedule a meeting.