To Adopt in New York, How Soon Should We Consult an Attorney?

By The Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC on April 27, 2015

NY AdoptionIf you are thinking about adopting a child in New York, it’s wise to start your journey by speaking to an experienced Long Island adoption attorney.

Adoption is a legal process in which the parental rights of the birth parents are terminated and parental rights are given to the adoptive parents instead. New York allows married couples, a single unmarried adult or a pair of unmarried adults, and step-parents to adopt. Married individuals who have a legal separation agreement and have been separated from their spouses for at least three years may also adopt as individuals.

An “independent adoption” or “private adoption” is carried out between the birth parents and the adoptive parents, often with the help of an experienced attorney. Because state or private agencies are not involved, it is crucial for the adoptive parents to gather enough information to feel confident in their choice to adopt and to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible for the newest member of their family. An attorney can help.

Because adoption means adding a new family member, it is important to choose an attorney with whom you feel comfortable working. Some questions to ask when you are seeking a lawyer include:

  • What is your experience with private/independent adoptions?
  • My biggest concern with our current adoption plans is ____. How have you handled similar concerns in the past, and were you able to resolve them successfully?
  • What is your estimate of the costs involved in this adoption? What are your fees, and what sort of payment schedule can we arrange (if needed)?

The sooner you choose an experienced attorney at the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC, the sooner you establish a team that can protect your rights and work to ensure a smooth adoption process. Call (516) 227-5353 today.

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